LE MANS GOES F1
Le Mans is home to the world’s most famous endurance race. Indeed, those two words have almost come to automatically mean the 24 Hour sports car race held each year at the Circuit de la Sarthe. But Le Mans has also hosted an F1 Grand Prix, and that race i
For 1967, the fth round of the World Drivers’ Championship was held on the permanent ‘Bugatti’ circuit at Le Mans, which had opened only two years earlier.
As a special temporary display, the Le Mans 24 Hours Museum puts F1 in the spotlight alongside its permanent collections of endurance race machinery. Titled un Grand Prix d’exception, this exhibition looks back at the 53rd French GP and features a Repco-Brabham BT24, Lotus 49 Cosworth, BRM P115 H16 and Cooper Maserati T81 as well as a Matra MS6 Cosworth F3 car which won the support Trophee de la Sarthe Formula 3 race in the hands of Henri Pescarolo – who, of course, would go on to become a Le Mans icon by winning four 24 hour races.
The Sarthe circuit’s running of the ’67 French Grand Prix was the fourth different location for the France’s F1 round in as many years, with Rheims, Rouen-lesEssarts and the Charade Circuit at Clermont-Ferrand holding the previous events. It was a controversial decision by the A.C.F to move the race, and many teams and drivers decided that they would not attend the infamously dubbed ‘Grand Prix of the Car Parks’.
Despite not being a full capacity grid, it was still high quality eld that included Jim Clark, Graham
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