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

F1 Racing - - LE MANS GOES F1 -

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

PIC­TURES: CAM DAVIS; LAT IMAGES

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