Fitting, then, that some of history’s most distinctively bodied racing cars have appeared at the country’s marquee motorsport event, the Le Mans 24 Hours.

That isn’t to say they have all been conventionally pretty. Above is just a smattering of the uncategorisable machinery that has been brought to La Sarthe.

The 82nd running of the Le Mans 24 Hours takes place 14-15 June. For complete coverage, head over to BBC Sport.