Ickx At Le Mans Yesterday
Ickx, six times a Le Mans winner, was at Le Mans yesterday (October
26) – writes Claude Foubert.
During a party
in the ACO building, he gave the Musée de l'Automobile a
marble 'top' which had been given to him by Maurice Génissel,
former owner of the famous "Restaurant des Hunaudières",
and he paid tribute to this fine man, who joined the event yesterday.
89 years old, has seen all the Le Mans 24 Hours races except for
one! When Maurice Génissel retired, he thought that Jacky
Ickx was the right man to have this souvenir.
Ickx had it
for 15 years and the Belgian driver thinks now, in agreement with
Mr Génissel, that the right place for this item is in the
Musée de l'Automobile, at Le Mans, because it is part of
the Le Mans legend.
remembers that during the race he could see people dining on the
terrace of the restaurant! Many drivers or team crew went to this
restaurant, especially on Saturday night during the race period,
for its warm atmosphere created by M. Génissel.
Jacky Ickx also
presented something to the ACO: a bronze statue, picturing him in
1967 in a Lotus race suit when he was driving in Formula 1 (and
in Lotus Cortinas). He thinks that this statue, plaster cast by
the Belgian Strebeller and designed by the French sculptor Romain
Barelier, has its right place in the Musée.
M. Plassart is pictured with Jacky Ickx and the admirable Maurice