Scrutineering in photos

Welcome. The 82nd running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans is almost upon us and the Motorsport.com photo gallery is quickly filling up. With that being said, let's take a look at some of the interesting, funny, important, and somewhat weird photos our Eric Gilbert has gathered thus far.

Porsche Team transporter
Porsche Team transporter

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The team transporter for the Porsche prototypes carries its machines to be inspected.

#35 OAK Racing Ligier - Nissan
#35 OAK Racing Ligier - Nissan

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A not nearly as eye-appealing truck takes the No. 35 OAK Racing Ligier-Nissan to scrutineering.

#20 Porsche Team Porsche 919 Hybrid
#20 Porsche Team Porsche 919 Hybrid

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There it is. The winningest race team in Le Mans history unloads its 2014 masterpiece. I can almost feel the ominous glares from the Audi crew.

Porsche team members give away flags to fans
Porsche team members give away flags to fans

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If Porsche's mere presence wasn't enough to get fans stoked for their return, now they're giving away flags for spectators to show their Porsche pride.

Miss Le Mans 2014 with the #14 Porsche Team Porsche 919 Hybrid
Miss Le Mans 2014 with the #14 Porsche Team Porsche 919 Hybrid

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Check out the incredible curves on that Porsche.

#20 Porsche Team Porsche 919 Hybrid
#20 Porsche Team Porsche 919 Hybrid

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This is a spectacular photo from the back of the Porsche as dozen of fans look on.

Mark Webber
Mark Webber

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He's back! Mark Webber brightens one fan's day during scrutineering.

#20 Porsche Team Porsche 919 Hybrid entering scrutineering
#20 Porsche Team Porsche 919 Hybrid entering scrutineering

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Porsche 919 Hybrid, prepare to be scrutinized by the scrutinizers of scrutineering. Okay, are these even words?

#46 Thiriet By TDS Racing Ligier JS P2 - Nissan
#46 Thiriet By TDS Racing Ligier JS P2 - Nissan

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This Ligier JS P2 Nissan prepares to be scrutinized by the scruitniz -- okay, I'll stop.

Patrick Dempsey
Patrick Dempsey

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Hey, it's that Patrick Dempsey guy.

#66 JMW Motorsport Ferrari 458 Italia: Abdulaziz Al Faisal, Seth Neiman, Spencer Pumpelly
#66 JMW Motorsport Ferrari 458 Italia: Abdulaziz Al Faisal, Seth Neiman, Spencer Pumpelly

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A bright yellow Ferrari. Maybe this one won't get run over by the prototypes. Sorry, I had to.

#7 Toyota Racing Toyota TS 040 - Hybrid unloading, but not without a cover
#7 Toyota Racing Toyota TS 040 - Hybrid unloading, but not without a cover

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I swear, there's a Toyota under that cover.

#8 Toyota Racing Toyota TS 040 - Hybrid
#8 Toyota Racing Toyota TS 040 - Hybrid

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Lightening McQueen waits with the Toyota in scrutineering. I didn't know Le Mans had a stock, or rather, stuffed car class?

#43 Newblood By Morand Racing Morgan - Judd
#43 Newblood By Morand Racing Morgan - Judd

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The sunlight shines beautifully on the Morand Racing LMP2 machine as the crew pushes it along.

#0 Nissan Motorsports Global Nissan Zeod RC
#0 Nissan Motorsports Global Nissan Zeod RC

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This it not a spaceship, and it's not technically called the 'Delta Wing' either. Presenting the Nissan ZEOD, but I'm sure you've met by now. Love it or hate it, you can't deny its uniqueness.

Fabien Barthez
Fabien Barthez

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Media scrum engulfs Fabien Barthez.

Actor Gary Dourdan from television series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and the #0 Nissan Motorsports Global Nissan Zeod RC
Actor Gary Dourdan from television series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and the #0 Nissan Motorsports Global Nissan Zeod RC

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CSI's Gary Dourdan is investigating the Nissan ZEOD but can't quite figure this one out.

Selfie for Lucas Di Grassi, Loic Duval, Tom Kristensen, Marcel Fässler, Andre Lotterer, Benoit Tréluyer, Filipe Albuquerque, Marco Bonanomi, Oliver Jarvis
Selfie for Lucas Di Grassi, Loic Duval, Tom Kristensen, Marcel Fässler, Andre Lotterer, Benoit Tréluyer, Filipe Albuquerque, Marco Bonanomi, Oliver Jarvis

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Let's kick off the second day of scrutineering photos with all of the Audi drivers taking a selfie! Eat your heart out Ellen.

Hand imprint ceremony: 2013 24 Hours of Le Mans winners Loic Duval, Tom Kristensen and Allan McNish with Miss 24 Hours of Le Mans 2014
Hand imprint ceremony: 2013 24 Hours of Le Mans winners Loic Duval, Tom Kristensen and Allan McNish with Miss 24 Hours of Le Mans 2014

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The traditional hand imprint ceremony with the 2013 24 Hours of Le Mans winners, but in Allan McNish's case, it might just be a finger print from the looks of the photo.

Nicolas Minassian with a colorful fan
Nicolas Minassian with a colorful fan

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SMP Racing's Nicolas Minassian takes a photo with a very 'interesting' fan.

#72 SMP Racing Ferrari 458 Italia
#72 SMP Racing Ferrari 458 Italia

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A beautiful SMP Racing Ferrari. That car looks fantastic in purple.

#51 AF Corse Ferrari 458 Italia detail
#51 AF Corse Ferrari 458 Italia detail

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Rain drops coat the iconic Ferrari logo on one of the AF Corse entries.

Technical inspection station 1
Technical inspection station 1

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In NASCAR, they like to call this 'the room of doom.'

Funny situation: the door of the Audi Sport transporter opens while Filipe Albuquerque, Andre Lotterer and other Audi drivers are still changing
Funny situation: the door of the Audi Sport transporter opens while Filipe Albuquerque, Andre Lotterer and other Audi drivers are still changing

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Whoops...door on the Audi transporter accidentally gets opened while the drivers change.

AF Corse Ferrari 458 Italia quintet
AF Corse Ferrari 458 Italia quintet

Photo by: James Holland

AF Corse Ferraris at attention and ready to do battle.

#0 Nissan Motorsports Global Nissan Zeod RC in scrutineering tent
#0 Nissan Motorsports Global Nissan Zeod RC in scrutineering tent

Photo by: James Holland

An interesting shot from the back of the Nissan ZEOD during the technical inspection.

#36 Signatech Alpine Alpine A450 - Nissan: Paul-Loup Chatin, Nelson Panciatici, Oliver Webb
#36 Signatech Alpine Alpine A450 - Nissan: Paul-Loup Chatin, Nelson Panciatici, Oliver Webb

Photo by: James Holland

Coolest transporter yet, just because of the way it opens.

Toyota preparing to unload
Toyota preparing to unload

Photo by: James Holland

What do you think is in that case?

#95 Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin Vantage V8: Kristian Poulsen, David Heinemeier Hansson, Nicki Thiim, #97 Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin Vantage V8: Darren Turner, Stefan Mücke, Bruno Senna, #98 Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin Vantage V8: Paul Dall
#95 Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin Vantage V8: Kristian Poulsen, David Heinemeier Hansson, Nicki Thiim, #97 Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin Vantage V8: Darren Turner, Stefan Mücke, Bruno Senna, #98 Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin Vantage V8: Paul Dall

Photo by: Eric Gilbert

Fan banner for Allan Simonsen during the presentation of the #95 Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin Vantage V8
Fan banner for Allan Simonsen during the presentation of the #95 Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin Vantage V8

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A fan's sign echoes the thoughts of everyone attending the Aston Martin team photo shoot.

Drivers photoshoot: the 165 drivers in the 2014 24 Hours of Le Mans
Drivers photoshoot: the 165 drivers in the 2014 24 Hours of Le Mans

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Let's end this with the same photo we started it with; the drivers photo shoot. 165 racers will take part in the greatest sports car spectacle in the world this weekend and although most will leave with unfulfilled dreams of attaining racing immortality, a select few will be able to call themselves victors at Le Mans. But who will it be?


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