• Short Summary

    WEST GERMAN PORSCHES AND BRITISH-ENTERED FORD GT-40S WERE FILLING THE FIRST FIVE PLACES AFTER A LITTLE OVER A THIRD OF THE WAY IN THE LE MANS 24-HOUR SPORTS CAR CLASSIC TONIGHT (SATURDAY).

  • Description

    WEST GERMAN PORSCHES AND BRITISH-ENTERED FORD GT-40S WERE FILLING THE FIRST FIVE PLACES AFTER A LITTLE OVER A THIRD OF THE WAY IN THE LE MANS 24-HOUR SPORTS CAR CLASSIC TONIGHT (SATURDAY). THE RACE BEGAN WITH A TRAGEDY WHEN BRITISH DRIVER JOHN WOULFE WAS KILLED ON THE FIRST LAP.

    WOULFE'S PORSCHE LEFT THE TRACK AT THE NOTORIOUS WHITE HOUSE CORNER AND BURST INTO FLAMES. NEW ZEALANDER CHRIS AMON WAS UNHURT WHEN HE JUMPED CLEAR OF HIS OWN CAR AFTER IT HIT THE WRECKAGE AND BURST INTO FLAMES.

    SOON AFTER THE START, THE RACE BEGAN TO DEVELOP INTO A TENSE DUEL BETWEEN THE FOUR LEADING WORKS TEAMS -- PORSCHES TEAMS -- PORSCHES, THE FRENCH MATRAS, THE FORD GT-40S AND THE FERRARI.

    THE PORSCHES SWEPT AHEAD, AND AT ONE STAGE HELD THE FIVE LEADING PLACES. BY THE SIXTH HOUR, TWO OF THEM WERE DROPPING BACK.

    BRITAIN'S VIC ELFORD, PAIRED WITH NEW ZEALANDER DICK ATTWOOD, WAS CLINGING TO THE LEAD, WITH WEST GERMANY'S TEAM OF DUO SCHUTZ AND GERHARD MITTER IN SECOND PLACE. THIRD WAS THE PORSCHE OF R. LINS, OF AUSTRIA, AND W. KAUHSEN, OF WEST GERMANY.

    DRIVING THE LEADING FORD GT-40 WAS BRITAIN'S D. HOBBS AND MIKE HAILWOOD, WITH J. ICKX, OF BELGIUM, AND J. OLIVER, BRITAIN, IN THE OTHER.

    ONLY 31 OF THE 45 STARTERS REMAINED AT THIS STAGE, AS THE CARS RACED AROUND THE CIRCUIT AT A STEADY 136 MILES (220 KMS) AN HOUR.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA9TG3U23KPMU6OJE259XLD2RDD
    Media URN:
    VLVA9TG3U23KPMU6OJE259XLD2RDD
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    14/06/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:34:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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