• Short Summary

    WITH THE TRADITIONAL SPRING FOR THEIR MACHINES, OVER 50 DRIVERS ROARED INTO THE START OF ONE OF THE WORLD'S CLASSIC MOTOR RACES - THE 24 HOURS AT LE MANS, FRANCE - ON JUNE 23RD.

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    WITH THE TRADITIONAL SPRING FOR THEIR MACHINES, OVER 50 DRIVERS ROARED INTO THE START OF ONE OF THE WORLD'S CLASSIC MOTOR RACES - THE 24 HOURS AT LE MANS, FRANCE - ON JUNE 23RD.

    FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE DAY, THROUGH THE NIGHT, AND WELL INTO THE NEXT AFTERNOON, AN EVER-THINNING STREAM OF CARS WAS TO THUNDER ROUND THE 8.36 MILE CIRCUIT OF THE ROADS ON THE OUTSKIRTS OF LE MANS, SPECIALLY CLOSED TO OTHER TRAFFIC FOR THE OCCASION. ON SOME SECTIONS OF ITS LONG STRAIGHTS THE FASTEST CARS WOULD BE DOING AROUND 180 M.P.H.

    THIS YEAR'S RACE IS OF SPECIAL INTEREST BECAUSE IT ALLOWS EXTREMELY POWERFUL "PROTOTYPE" CARS TO COMPETE, AND NOT MERELY GENUINE PRODUCTION MODELS AS IN RECENT YEARS. ONE CAR TO COME UNDER THIS CATEGORY IS THE ASTON MARTIN PROJECT 212, A COUPE WITH TOP SPEED OF WELL OVER 170 M.P.H. WHICH IS NOT YET IN PRODUCTION. WITH GRAHAM HILL OF BRITAIN AT THE WHEEL THIS CAR WENT INTO THE LEAD AT THE START OF THE RACE, BUT SOON LOST THE POSITION TO A FERRARI DRIVEN BY OLIVIER GENDEBIEN OF BELGIUM. FERRARI AND MASERATI ARE ALSO RACING PROTOTYPES.

    FASTEST PRACTICE TIME OF 128 M.P.H. WAS RECORDED BY AMERICAN PHIL HILL IN THE SAME EXPERIMENTAL FERRARI. LAST YEAR HILL AND GENDEBIEN WON THE RACE IN A FERRARI, AVERAGING 115 MPH FOR THE 24 HOURS.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA6TLNAN34NNXIFODIIMN9NK3LB
    Media URN:
    VLVA6TLNAN34NNXIFODIIMN9NK3LB
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    23/06/1962
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:27:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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