Sebastien Loeb immortalised in wax
- 5th October 2011, 9:03am
Sébastien Loeb was born on 26th February 1974 in Haguenau in the Bas-Rhin department, and today he is the most-titled French rally driver. In just 10 years he has had a meteoric rise to fame: he is the record holder for the number of world titles (7) and victories (66) in the World Rally Championship (WRC).
These exceptional results make him an outstanding figure in sport in general and one of the greatest drivers of all time. He has remained faithful to Citroën since his debut, and scored his first victories in rallying in 2001 in the French Championship and the Junior World Championship.
Loeb has dominated his sport between 2004 and 2011, winning seven consecutive World Rally
Championship titles with his friend and co-driver, Daniel Elena. With two events to go till the end of the season the crew currently leads the drivers’ overall classification.
It took six months to create his wax double from his first rendezvous with sculptor Stéphane Barret and the workshop team.
Loeb found the posing sessions great fun: ”I’m very flattered to be part of the Grévin museum. It’s an honour and also recognition for our branch of the sport as one that’s representative of France. I must say that I was very impressed by the amount of work that went into creating my figure in wax. It was really unbelievable!”
Everything has to be studied down to the tiniest detail with the celebrity so that the resemblance is almost disconcerting. This includes the colour of the hair, the eyes, the skin, handprints etc - nothing was left to chance to make Sébastien Loeb even more lifelike than he is in reality!
Loeb’s wax double will be on show beside rugby player Sébastien Chabal and basketball player Tony Parker in the section of the museum dedicated to sports people. The driver will appear in his driving suit in the colours of Citroën and their partners.
The Grévin, a private museum created in 1882, is in Paris on the ‘Grands Boulevards’ and welcomes almost 800 000 visitors per year.
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