Flat Out

The Le Mans 24 Hours is the most famous endurance race in the world and yet many 'racers' find its emphasis on preserving the machinery above outright pace to be less than exciting.  The 1955 Le Mans is now largely remembered for the terrible accident which saw Mercedes driver Pierre Levegh and 82 spectators perish.  However,  it should also be remembered as an endurance race fought at the tempo of a Grand Prix.  In the early laps, the Mercedes 300SLR of Fangio battled wheel to wheel with the D Type Jaguar of Mike Hawthorn and Castellotti's 4.4 litre Ferrari 121LM.    Here, all three sweep into the Esses with eventual winner Hawthorn trailing Fangio and Castellotti, whose Ferrari wilted under the strain leaving Hawthorn and Bueb an easy victory after the order came through from Stuttgart to withdraw the Mercedes cars following Levegh's accident.

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