About the l’Automobile Club de l'Ouest

The Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO) founded in 1906 is the creator and organiser of major motor sporting events including the first grand prix in the history of motor racing in 1906 followed by the Le Mans 24 Hours in 1923. The ACO’s aim is to develop long-distance racing and since 2012 it has been the organiser and promoter of the FIA World Endurance Championship (FIA WEC). The club is also the creator of the continental series: the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, former American Le Mans Series (1999), the European Le Mans Series (2004), and the Asian Le Mans Series (2013). On its own circuits at Le Mans, the ACO organises the 24 Heures Motos, the 24 Heures Karting, the 24 Heures Camions and the French Motorcycle Grand Prix.

But above all the ACO is a club made up of enthusiasts who defend the rights of car users on a daily basis, and it gives its members a privileged welcome to enable them to live their passion for motor sport at the events it organises.

The ACO also has a driving school, Le Mans Driver, a leisure and kart competition complex and simulators, an Enterprise department for the organisation of seminars, a team of guides providing tours of the installations of the Le Mans circuits, two official boutiques in Le Mans and Paris as well as eight regional agencies.

Le Mans

Le Mans
23/09/2020

New organisation to lead LMEM

At the end of the 2020 season Gérard Neveu will step down as CEO of LMEM (Le Mans Endurance Management) in order to pursue ne...

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Le Mans
06/07/2020

The Automobile Club de l’Ouest hydrogen filling station in Le Mans is open

Stéphane Le Foll, mayor of Le Mans, Dominique Le Mèner, President of La Sarthe local council, Christelle Morançais, President...

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Le Mans
25/03/2020

Pierre Fillon: “Event organisers are supporting each other”

In this interview, Pierre Fillon, president of the Automobile Club de l’Ouest, explains how the club is going about softening...

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Le Mans
05/03/2020

Coronavirus Update

We are monitoring the Coronavirus situation closely.

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Le Mans
16/01/2020

The 24 Hours of Le Mans take pride of place at the Ferrari Museum

An exhibition celebrating the incredible success of Ferrari at the 24 Hours of Le Mans opens in Maranello, home to the marque...

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Le Mans
08/01/2020

The ACO shares its vision of the future of motorsport at Autosport International in Birmingham

Autosport International is an annual gathering of motorsport experts and enthusiasts held at the impressive Birmingham NEC.

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