The Circuit of Le Mans is the location where the famous Michel Vaillant was ''born''. The cartooncharacter was designed by Jean Graton in the 50s. Jean Graton moved to Brussels just after the World War, with nothing but a pencil. As a kid, he went to the races at Le Mans. It was captivating for the author and kept on using the story of the 24 hours of Le Mans for the vey succesful albums of Michel Vaillant.