The eligible years for the 2009 Le Mans Legend, the historic support race organised by Motor Racing Legends on the Saturday morning of the Le Mans 24 Hours, have been announced. This great historic event, on June 13, 2009, will be for cars built between 1949 and 1965. The Le Mans Legend race is run on the full 8.5-mile circuit on the morning of the start of the actual 24 Hours race. It is for cars which ran at Le Mans in their day and genuine sister cars of the same specification, and is for either one or two drivers. The race pays further tribute to the heritage of this great event by starting with the traditional ‘ear of corn’ formation, while scrutineering will take place – true to history – in the city centre on the Thursday of Le Mans week. The 1949-1965 era starts with the post-War years, a time when entries were essentially road-going sports cars adapted for the track. The 1949 Le Mans 24 Hours was the first time for 10 years that the race had been held and it welcomed such entries as Aston Martin DB2, the Embiricos Bentley and the eventual winner, Ferrari 166MM. It was not long, however, before road-going sports cars were replaced by purpose-built racers and, by the end of the chosen era, Le Mans had been the battleground for Ferrari 275LM and 330LMB, Aston Martin DBR1 and Jaguar C-type and D-type, along with AC Cobra and Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupé, Austin-Healey 100S, MGA Le Mans and many others. Duncan Wiltshire of Motor Racing Legends said: 'This is our ninth historic support race at Le Mans and it looks likely to be one of the most exciting and competitive ever. It is the exhilarating sight of historic cars in full-on combat, combined with the Le Mans pedigree of the cars taking part, which makes the Le Mans Legend so popular with the 230,000 spectators at the 24 Hours race weekend. 'Since cars from the 1950s and '60s are so widely recognised and admired, we think this period will prove extremely popular with spectators.'