In a spectacular finish to the twenty-ninth Le Mans 24-hour race June 11, Ferraris took the first three places.
GV PAN.. Car No 7 Maserati, driven by A. Pabst and R. Thomson round bend to BV.
CU PAN..Car No 10 Ferrari driven By P. Hill and Gendebien, (winners) rounding bend
SV PAN..Car No 20 Ferrari, driven by Grossmann and Bianchi
CU Sign 'Virage d'Armage'
GV PAN..Car No 17 Ferrari driven by Rodrigues brothers at speed, passing wrecked car
SV wrecked car against wall
GV car passing grandstands
LV PAN..car No. 10 Phil Hill and Gendebien rounding bend and followed by another
LV Car No 23, Ferrari by von Trips followed by car no 20 driven by Grossmann & Bianchi
GV cars racing
GV PAN..Car No 25, a Troumph driven by Becquart-Rothschild
GV PAN..car No 10 Ferrari, P. Hill & Gendebien leading
GV PAN..car No 11 Ferrari driven by Mairesse-Parkes, (who came second)
GV the winner, Phil Hill, being flagged in, waves as he passes chequered flag
GV car No 11, Ferrari being flagged in to second place
GV police controlling mass crowd gathered around Gendebien
CU Gendebien waves
LV The winner, Phil Hill drives through crowd with bottle of champagne
SCU the winning car
CU Phil Hill and Gendebien receive flowers
TV cameramen crowd around winners
CU Phil Hill and Gendebien waving slowers
SPORT: CAR RACING
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Background: In a spectacular finish to the twenty-ninth Le Mans 24-hour race June 11, Ferraris took the first three places. The winning car (No 10) was driven by P. Hill of America and O. Gendebien of Belgium. They covered the distance of 2,782.2 miles at an average speed of 115.9 m.p.h. - the fastest at which the race has been won.
W. Mairesse (Belgium) and M. Parkes (Britain) were second in another factory-entered Ferrari (No 11) - their average speed was 114.917 m.p.h. The privately entered Ferrari grand touring saloon (No 14), driven by P. Noblet and J. Guichet of France, came with an average speed of 110,24 m.p.h.
The Maserati cars never put up a real challenge to Ferrari supremacy.The highest placed car of this make (no 7), driven by A. Pabst and R.Thomson,finished in fourth place,22 laps behind the leader.Their average speed was 108.271 m.p.h.
Despite the safety measures taken after the Le Mans disaster of 1955 (when 88 spectators were killed) of limiting the cars to three litres engine size, the winners exceeded the previous greatest distance covered by 49.5 miles, and the highest race average.