Start of the 24 Hours of Le Mans Race, June 1967

Summary

The "Le Mans start" was one of the French endurance race's more unusual customs. Drivers started on their feet, across the track from their respective cars. When the flag dropped, they ran to their vehicles, scrambled inside and started the cars -- often not bothering to buckle in until they were underway. Safety concerns ended the Le Mans start after 1969.

The "Le Mans start" was one of the French endurance race's more unusual customs. Drivers started on their feet, across the track from their respective cars. When the flag dropped, they ran to their vehicles, scrambled inside and started the cars -- often not bothering to buckle in until they were underway. Safety concerns ended the Le Mans start after 1969.

Artifact

Digital image

Subject Date

June 1967

Collection Title

Dave Friedman Collection 

 On Exhibit

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Object ID

2009.158.317.3334

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Technique

Digital imaging

Color

Black-and-white (Colors)

Dimensions

Height: 1204 pixel

Width: 1795 pixel

Resolution: 72 dpi

Depth: 24 bit

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