• Short Summary

    79 people die in the worst tragedy in the history of motor racing.

  • Description

    Le Mans, France.

    Aerial view of Le Mans course. TS. Le Mans, start of the 24-hour sports car race, pan with cars as they streak away. SCU. Crowd watching. High angle back view of cars after start. SV. Towards, car No 14 followed by car No 12 rounding corner. SV. Towards, car No 19 rounding corner at speed. SV. Towards, car No 20 followed by cars No's 49, 47, 48, 41 and others. Back view, cars streaking up track. High angle shot, cars including No 4 streaking past grandstand after first lap. SCU. No 1 calls in at pits. High Angle, cars streaking past grandstand. SCU. Car No 1 as it drives away from pits and up slope. High angle shot, cars streaking under Dunlop arch. SV. Towards, car coming past grandstand. SV. Spectators. SV. Towards, Mercedes already crashed, engine flying out and rocketing over grandstand. Pan back from engine to car blazing. SV. Spectators in enclosure rushing madly from burning wreckage. SCU. Dead driver Pierre Levegh lying on track beside burning car. SV. Towards, blazing wreckage, other cars passing. SV. People in grandstand milling around. SCU. Man kneeling beside body of friend, other bodies in background. SCU. Woman sobbing (other side of track). SCU. Wreckage of Austin - Healey belonging to Lance Macklin. SCU. Fireman with extinguisher trying to stop blaze. SV. Blazing wreckage with men trying to put out fire. Explosion sends men staggering back. SV. Man with plain flag warning cars to slow down as they pass crash. GV. Chaos inside enclosure. CU. Wrecked Austin - Healey at side of track. Other cars passing, SV. Towards, cars tearing along straight in pouring rain. SV. Man with chequered flag. He flags winner across line. SV. Press photographer crowding round to get a shot of winner. SCU. Winner, Mike Hawthorn in Jaguar No 6 being congratulated by cheering crowds.

    (F.G.) (Orig 'A')

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    531.05
    Media URN:
    30851
    Group:
    Unissued / unused
    Archive:
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    16/06/1955
    Sound:
    Sound
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:24:00
    Time in/Out:
    01:04:30:00 / 01:06:54:00
    Canister:
    55/48

Comments (3)

  1. Stuart Robertson says

    The crash section 1m22 onwards is reverse printed - see the billboard writing

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  2. RCbeastly says

    Why is this in reverse?

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  3. Resolution Man says

    ...turn around and view it in a mirror...all will then be well !

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