Tag Archives: Le Mans

Jaguar, Stirling Moss, Le Mans, klemcoll

An Unsuccessful Streamliner

Here is a rare view of a rare car. It is a rare view because this car lasted only about three hours and a rare car because its bodywork and related mechanicals were scrapped after its race was over. This rara avis is a Jaguar C-Type, here driven by Stirling Moss during the early laps of […]

Jack Brabham, French GP, Le Mans klemcoll

A Tiger in His Tank

Jack Brabham stands on the podium at Le Mans, having just won the French Grand Prix on July 2, 1967 holding with his sponsoring Esso Tiger and a magnum of Moët & Chandon champagne. In 1967 the French GP was held on the “Bugatti Circuit” at Le Mans, a rather uninteresting and much-shortened version of […]

Talbot, Levegh, Le Mans, klemcoll

A Man of Tragedy

This is June 12, 1953 during practice at Le Mans for the 24 hour race. The car seen here is a Talbot Lago T26 GS and its driver standing next to it uses the nom de course of Pierre Levegh. Levegh’s real name was Pierre Bouillin. He had adopted the racing name of Levegh because it […]

Maserati, Le mans, klemcoll, Stirling Moss

A Magnificent Obsession

Here is a special Maserati 450S during the early laps at the Le Mans 24 Hours on June 22, 1957. This unique berlinetta version was one of ten Maserati 450S cars built in the 1956-57 period to contest the 1957 World Championship for Manufacturers. This one was created to be the fastest car ever to […]

Jaguar. Le Mans, klemcoll

The Green Machine

This is a rare Klemantaski color image. shot on his Rollei early in the famous and tragic Le Mans 24 Hours which took place on June 11-12, 1955. This green Jaguar D-Type with the latest updated specifications was one of three works entries at Le Mans that year and was driven by Don Beauman and […]

Ferrari klemcoll, Le mans

A Testa Rossa Prototype

This is just before the start of the Le Mans 24 Hours on June 22, 1957. This car was one of two similar Ferraris which were examples of the Old Man’s initial bet for the future, the famous 250 Testa Rossa using a three liter V12 single camshaft per bank motor, a development from the […]

Ferrari, Le Mans, klemcoll

Preparing for Le Mans

Today we are at the Modena aerautodromo used by Ferrari for testing before the new circuit at Fiorano was inaugurated in 1972. The date is June 8, 1969 and Ferrari is preparing their two 312P cars which will be sent to Le Mans for the 24 hour race to take place there on June 14-15. […]

The Impossible Win

Here is the Ferrari 250LM entered by Luigi Chinetti’s North American Racing Team which has just, quite improbably, won the 24 Hours of Le Mans on June 20, 1965. The drivers who achieved this result – actually winning by five laps from another 250LM  – were veteran American driver Masten Gregory and coming Austrian star […]

Aston Martin, Le Mans, Shelby, klemcoll

The Final Victory

The Aston Martin folks always have referred this way to the win by Aston Martin at Le Mans on June 21, 1959, after years of trying. For 1959 Aston Martin had made a huge effort to achieve reliability for Le Mans, especially with respect to their transmissions which had always been rather problematic. Here is […]

Afternoon at Tertre Rouge

It is a lovely late afternoon on June 15, 1963 at Le Mans as a long series of cars leave the corner at Tertre Rouge and embark onto the Mulsanne Straight. The red car n. 2 above is an updated Maserati 151/2 entered by Johnny Simone’s Maserati France to be driven by André Simon and […]