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An historic 24 hour endurance race held at Circuit de la Sarthe in France since 1923. Considered the most prestigious endurance race in the world.

History

The following section is an excerpt from Wikipedia's 24 Hours of Le Mans page on 28 March 2016, text available via the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

The 24 Hours of Le Mans (French: 24 Heures du Mans) is the world's oldest active sports car race in endurance racing, held annually since 1923 near the town of Le Mans, France. It is one of the most prestigious automobile races in the world and is often called the "Grand Prix of Endurance and Efficiency". The event represents one leg of the Triple Crown of Motorsport; other events being the Indianapolis 500, and the Monaco Grand Prix.

The race is organized by the Automobile Club de l'Ouest (ACO) and runs on the Circuit de la Sarthe, which contains a mix of closed public roads and a specialist racing circuit, in which racing teams have to balance speed with the cars' ability to race for 24 hours without sustaining mechanical damage.

Since 2012, the 24 Hours of Le Mans has been a part of the FIA World Endurance Championship. In 2016, it will be the 3rd round of the season.

The race has over the years inspired imitating races all over the globe, popularizing the 24-hour format at places like Daytona, Nürburgring, Spa-Francorchamps, and Bathurst. The American Le Mans Series and Europe's Le Mans Series of multi-event sports car championships were spun off from 24 Hours of Le Mans regulations. Other races include the Le Mans Classic, a race for historic Le Mans race cars of years past held on the Circuit de la Sarthe, a motorcycle version of the race which is held on the shortened Bugatti version of the same circuit, a kart race (24 Heures Karting), a truck race (24 Heures Camions), and a parody race 24 Hours of LeMons.


Year-by-Year

DateOverall WinnersOverall Winner's Make
26-27 May 1923André Lagache & France René LéonardChenard et Walcker
14-15 June 1924Duff & Aldington (Capt. John F. Duff & Frank Clement)Bentley
20-21 June 1925Gérard de Courcelles & France André RossignolLorraine-Dietrich
12-13 June 1926Robert Bloch & France André RossignolLorraine-Dietrich
18-19 June 1927Bentley Motors Ltd. (Dr. Dudley Benjafield & Sammy Davis)Bentley
16-17 June 1928Bentley Motors Ltd. (Woolf Barnato & Bernard Rubin)Bentley
15-16 June 1929Bentley Motors Ltd. (Woolf Barnato & Henry Birkin)Bentley
21-22 June 1930Bentley Motors Ltd. (Woolf Barnato & Glen Kidston)Bentley
13-14 June 1931Lord Howe & Sir Henry BirkinAlfa Romeo
18-19 June 1932Raymond Sommer & Luigi ChinettiAlfa Romeo
17-18 June 1933Soc. Anon. Alfa Romeo (Raymond Sommer & Tazio Nuvolari)Alfa Romeo
16-17 June 1934Luigi Chinetti & Philippe ÉtancelinAlfa Romeo
15-16 June 1935Arthur W. Fox & Charles Nicholl (Johnny Hindmarsh & Luis Fontés)Lagonda
19-20 June 1937Roger Labric (Jean-Pierre Wimille & Robert Benoist)Bugatti
17-18 June 1938Eugène Chaboud & Jean TrémouletDelahaye
17-18 June 1939Jean-Pierre Wimille & Pierre VeyronBugatti
25-26 June 1949Peter Mitchell-Thomson & Luigi ChinettiFerrari
24-25 June 1950Louis Rosier & Jean-Louis RosierTalbot-Lago
23-24 June 1951Peter Walker & Peter WhiteheadJaguar1951 Race Information
14–15 June 1952Daimler-Benz A.G. (Hermann Lang & Fritz Riess)Mercedes-Benz
13-14 June 1953Jaguar Cars Ltd. (Tony Rolt & Duncan Hamilton)Jaguar
12-13 June 1954Scuderia Ferrari (José Froilán González & Maurice Trintignant)Ferrari
11-12 June 1955Jaguar Cars Ltd. (Mike Hawthorn & Ivor Bueb)Jaguar
28-29 July 1956Ecurie Ecosse (Ninian Sanderson & Ron Flockhart)Jaguar1956 Race Information
22-23 June 1957Ecurie Ecosse (Ron Flockhart & Ivor Bueb)Jaguar1957 Race Information
21-22 June 1958Scuderia Ferrari (Olivier Gendebien & Phil Hill)Ferrari
21-22 June 1959David Brown Racing Dept. (Roy Salvadori & Carroll Shelby)Aston Martin1959 Race Information
25-26 June 1960Scuderia Ferrari SpA (Paul Frère & Olivier Gendebien)Ferrari
10-11 June 1961Scuderia Ferrari (Olivier Gendebien & Phil Hill)Ferrari
23-24 June 1962SpA Ferrari SEFAC (Olivier Gendebien & Phil Hill)Ferrari
15-16 June 1963SpA Ferrari SEFAC (Lorenzo Bandini & Italy Ludovico Scarfiotti)Ferrari1963 Race Information
20-21 June 1964SpA Ferrari SEFAC (Jean Guichet & Nino Vaccarella)Ferrari1964 Race Information
19-20 June 1965North American Racing Team (NART) (Masten Gregory, Jochen Rindt, and Ed Hugus)Ferrari1965 Race Information
18-19 June 1966Shelby-American Inc. (Bruce McLaren & Chris Amon)Ford
10-1 June 1967Shelby-American Inc. (Dan Gurney & A. J. Foyt)Ford
28-29 September 1968J.W. Automotive Engineering Ltd. (Pedro Rodriguez & Lucien Bianchi)Ford
14-15 June 1969John Wyer Automotive Engineering (Jacky Ickx & Jackie Oliver)Ford
13-14 June 1970Porsche KG Salzburg (Hans Herrmann & Richard Attwood)Porsche
12-13 June 1971Martini Racing Team (Dr. Helmut Marko & Gijs van Lennep)Porsche
10-11 June 1972Equipe Matra-Simca Shell (Henri Pescarolo & Graham Hill)Matra-Simca
9-10 June 1973Equipe Matra-Simca Shell (Henri Pescarolo & Gérard Larrousse)Matra-Simca
15-16 June 1974Équipe Gitanes (Henri Pescarolo & Gérard Larrousse)Matra-Simca
14-15 June 1975Gulf Research Racing Co. (Derek Bell & Jacky Ickx)Mirage
12-13 June 1976Martini Racing Porsche System (Jacky Ickx & Gijs van Lennep)Porsche
11-12 June 1977Martini Racing Porsche System (Jürgen Barth, Hurley Haywood, and Jacky Ickx)Porsche
10-11 June 1978Renault Sport (Didier Pironi & Jean-Pierre Jaussaud)Renault Alpine
9-10 June 1979Porsche Kremer Racing (Klaus Ludwig, Don Whittington, and Bill Whittington)Porsche
14-15 June 1980LePoint Jean Rondeau (Jean Rondeau & Jean-Pierre Jaussaud)Rondeau-Ford
13-14 June 1981Porsche System (Jacky Ickx & Derek Bell)Porsche
19-20 June 1982Rothmans Porsche System (Jacky Ickx & Derek Bell)Porsche
18-19 June 1983Rothmans Porsche (Vern Schuppan, Hurley Haywood, and Al Holbert)Porsche
16-17 June 1984New-Man Joest Racing (Henri Pescarolo & Klaus Ludwig)Porsche
15-16 June 1985New-Man Joest Racing (Klaus Ludwig, Paolo Barilla, and "John Winter")Porsche
31 May to 1 June 1986Rothmans Porsche (Derek Bell, Hans Joachim Stuck, and Al Holbert)Porsche
13-14 June 1987Rothmans Porsche AG (Hans-Joachim Stuck, Derek Bell, and Al Holbert)Porsche
11-12 June 1988Silk Cut Jaguar/Tom Walkinshaw Racing (Jan Lammers, Johnny Dumfries, and Andy Wallace)Jaguar
10-11 June 1989Team Sauber Mercedes (Jochen Mass, Manuel Reuter, and Stanley Dickens)Sauber-Mercedes
16-17 June 1990Silk Cut Jaguar/Tom Walkinshaw Racing (John Nielsen, Price Cobb, and Martin Brundle)Jaguar
22-23 June 1991Mazdaspeed Co. Ltd. (Volker Weidler, Johnny Herbert, and Bertrand Gachot)Mazda
20-21 June 1992Peugeot Talbot Sport (Derek Warwick, Yannick Dalmas, and Mark Blundell)Peugeot
19-20 June 1993Peugeot Talbot Sport (Eric Hélary, Christophe Bouchut, and Geoff Brabham)Peugeot
18-19 June 1994Le Mans Porsche Team/Joest Racing (Yannick Dalmas, Hurley Haywood, and Mauro Baldi)Dauer-Porsche
17-18 June 1995Kokusai Kaihatsu Racing (Yannick Dalmas, Masanori Sekiya, and JJ Lehto)McLaren-BMW
15-16 June 1996Joest Racing (Davy Jones, Alexander Wurz, and Manuel Reuter)TWR Porsche
14-15 June 1997Joest Racing (Michele Alboreto, Stefan Johansson, and Tom Kristensen)TWR Porsche
6-7 June 1998Porsche AG (Laurent Aïello, Allan McNish, and Stéphane Ortelli)Porsche1998 Race Information
12-13 June 1999BMW Motorsport (Joachim Winkelhock, Pierluigi Martini, and Yannick Dalmas)BMW
17-18 June 2000Audi Sport Team Joest (Frank Biela, Tom Kristensen, and Emanuele Pirro)Audi
16-17 June 2001Audi Sport Team Joest (Frank Biela, Emanuele Pirro, and Tom Kristensen)Audi
15-16 June 2002Audi Sport Team Joest (Frank Biela, Tom Kristensen, and Emanuele Pirro)Audi2002 Race Information
14-15 June 2003Team Bentley (Rinaldo Capello, Tom Kristensen, and Guy Smith)Bentley2003 Race Information
12-13 June 2004Audi Sport Japan Team Goh (Seiji Ara, Rinaldo Capello, and Tom Kristensen)Audi
18-19 June 2005ADT Champion Racing (Tom Kristensen, JJ Lehto, and Marco Werner)Audi
17-18 June 2006Audi Sport Team Joest (Frank Biela, Marco Werner, and Emanuele Pirro)Audi
16-17 June 2007Audi Sport North America (Marco Werner, Emanuele Pirro, and Frank Biela)Audi2007 Race Information
14-15 June 2008Audi Sport North America (Allan McNish, Rinaldo Capello, and Tom Kristensen)Audi2008 Race Information
13-14 June 2009Peugeot Sport Total (David Brabham, Marc Gené, and Alexander Wurz)Peugeot2009 Race Information
12-13 June 2010Audi Sport North America (Mike Rockenfeller, Timo Bernhard, and Romain Dumas)Audi
11-12 June 2011Audi Sport Team Joest (Marcel Fässler, André Lotterer, and Benoît Tréluyer)Audi2011 Race Information
16–17 June 2012Audi Sport Team Joest (André Lotterer, Marcel Fässler, and Benoît Tréluyer)Audi2012 Race Information
22-23 June 2013Audi Sport Team Joest (Allan McNish, Tom Kristensen, and Loïc Duval)Audi2013 Race Information
11-15 June 2014Audi Sport Team Joest (André Lotterer, Marcel Fässler, and Benoît Tréluyer)Audi2014 Race Information
13-14 June 2015Porsche Team (Earl Bamber, Nick Tandy, and Nico Hülkenberg)Porsche


1951 Race Information

Hot Rods and Racing Cars: Issue 2 Hot Rods and Racing Cars #2, January 1952
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Hot Rods and Racing Cars: Issue 2 Hot Rods and Racing Cars #2, January 1952
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Hot Rods and Racing Cars: Issue 2 Hot Rods and Racing Cars #2, January 1952
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Hot Rods and Racing Cars: Issue 2 Hot Rods and Racing Cars #2, January 1952
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Hot Rods and Racing Cars: Issue 2 Hot Rods and Racing Cars #2, January 1952
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Hot Rods and Racing Cars: Issue 2 Hot Rods and Racing Cars #2, January 1952
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1956 Race Information

Hot Rods and Racing Cars: Issue 33 Endurance Race at Le Mans!
Hot Rods and Racing Cars #33 November 1957
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Hot Rods and Racing Cars: Issue 33 Endurance Race at Le Mans!
Hot Rods and Racing Cars #33 November 1957
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Hot Rods and Racing Cars: Issue 33 Endurance Race at Le Mans!
Hot Rods and Racing Cars #33 November 1957
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Hot Rods and Racing Cars: Issue 33 Endurance Race at Le Mans!
Hot Rods and Racing Cars #33 November 1957
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Hot Rods and Racing Cars: Issue 33 Endurance Race at Le Mans!
Hot Rods and Racing Cars #33 November 1957
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Hot Rods and Racing Cars: Issue 33 Endurance Race at Le Mans!
Hot Rods and Racing Cars #33 November 1957
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1957 Race Information

DateArticleAuthor/Source
28 May 2007Legendary Jaguar D-Type to Return to Le MansAnthony Fontanelle


1959 Race Information

Teenage Hotrodders: Issue 17 Great Moments in Racing History: LeMans 24 Hour Race 1959
Teenage Hotrodders #17, March 1966
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Teenage Hotrodders: Issue 17 Great Moments in Racing History: LeMans 24 Hour Race 1959
Teenage Hotrodders #17, March 1966
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Teenage Hotrodders: Issue 17 Great Moments in Racing History: LeMans 24 Hour Race 1959
Teenage Hotrodders #17, March 1966
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Teenage Hotrodders: Issue 17 Great Moments in Racing History: LeMans 24 Hour Race 1959
Teenage Hotrodders #17, March 1966
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Teenage Hotrodders: Issue 17 Great Moments in Racing History: LeMans 24 Hour Race 1959
Teenage Hotrodders #17, March 1966
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1963 Race Information

Teenage Hotrodders: Issue 2 24 Hours at Le Mans (fictional)
Teenage Hotrodders #2, June 1963
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Teenage Hotrodders: Issue 2 24 Hours at Le Mans (fictional)
Teenage Hotrodders #2, June 1963
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Teenage Hotrodders: Issue 2 24 Hours at Le Mans (fictional)
Teenage Hotrodders #2, June 1963
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Teenage Hotrodders: Issue 2 24 Hours at Le Mans (fictional)
Teenage Hotrodders #2, June 1963
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Teenage Hotrodders: Issue 2 24 Hours at Le Mans (fictional)
Teenage Hotrodders #2, June 1963
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Teenage Hotrodders: Issue 2 24 Hours at Le Mans (fictional)
Teenage Hotrodders #2, June 1963
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Teenage Hotrodders: Issue 2 24 Hours at Le Mans (fictional)
Teenage Hotrodders #2, June 1963
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1964 Race Information

Hot Rods and Racing Cars: Issue 70 Nightmare at LeMans
Hot Rods and Racing Cars #70, September 1964
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1965 Race Information

Type & Item #NameDetails
Die Cast - Hot Wheels K6155-0917H D1 G1Ferrari 250 LM2007 New Models, Small scale, Red #21 1965 Winner driven by Masten Gregory & Jochen Rindt


1998 Race Information

Type & Item #NameDetails
Die Cast - AUTOart 89823Dodge Viper GTSR1:18 scale, white w/red, yellow and green #55, 1998 24 Hours of Le Mans, Ni Amorim, Gonçalo Gomes, Manuel Mello-Breyner


2002 Race Information

DateArticleAuthor/Source
20 June 2002TEAM BENTLEY COMES FOURTH AT LE MANSATeam Bentley


2003 Race Information

Corvette C5R at Le Mans Art Corvette C5R at Le Mans
Artist: Ken Eberts
Car: Chevrolet Corvette C5R
Event: 24 Hours of Le Mans

Signed by championship-winning race driver Ron Fellows.
Image courtesy CarArt.us
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2007 Race Information

DateArticleAuthor/Source
28 May 2007Legendary Jaguar D-Type to Return to Le MansAnthony Fontanelle


2008 Race Information

DateArticleAuthor/Source
15 June 200824 Ore di Le Mans 2008: vince l'AudiWikinotizie


2009 Race Information

DateArticleAuthor/Source
11 June 2009Glumac Patrik Dempsi vozi 24 sata Le Mana za pomoć deciВикивести


2011 Race Information

DateArticleAuthor/Source
25 September 2011Scott Tucker, A Year In Review: 24 Hours Of Le MansShelley Baughman


2012 Race Information

DateMedia or Collection Name & DetailsFiles
30 June 2012The Concept_One - Winner at Grand Parade of Pilotes of Le Mans 24 Hours
Rimac Automobili at the 24 Hours of Le Mans

Article Page


DateArticleAuthor/Source
30 May 2012LE MANS 24 HOURS TEST DAY 2012: NELSON PANCIATICI ON TRACK TO DISCOVER A LEGENDeuroFORMULA
10 June 2012NELSON PANCIATICI IN THE STARTING BLOCKS!euroFORMULA
18 June 2012NELSON PANCIATICI'S FIRST TAKES HIM TO THE FOOT OF THE PODIUMeuroFORMULA
21 June 2012Speedmonkey reviews Le Mans. Part 1Matt Hubbard, Speedmonkey
21 June 2012Speedmonkey reviews Le Mans. Part 2 - the raceMatt Hubbard, Speedmonkey
30 June 2012The Concept_One - Winner at Grand Parade of Pilotes of Le Mans 24 HoursRimac Automobili
4 July 2012ATL achieves LMP2 podium lock-out at Le Mans 24 HoursAero Tec Laboratories


2013 Race Information

DateArticleAuthor/Source
2 February 2013FIA y ACO anuncian inscriptos a las 24 Horas de Le Mans y el Campeonato Mundial de Resistencia 2013Wikinoticias
5 February 2013Le Mans 2013 - Porsche confirms works 911 RSR entriesMatt Hubbard, Speedmonkey
22 March 2013Renault Alpine will be racing this car at Le Mans 2013Matt Hubbard, Speedmonkey
6 June 2013NELSON PANCIATICI BACK AT LE MANS IN THE ALPINE A450 N°36euroFORMULA
10 June 2013A GOOD DAY FOR THE ALPINE A450 AND NELSON PANCIATICI!euroFORMULA
14 June 2013ALPINE A450 AND NELSON PANCIATICI IN THE STARTING BLOCKS!euroFORMULA
18 June 2013American Le Mans Series Media ConferencePatrick Dempsey
Joe Foster
Patrick Long
21 June 2013This is Nissan's 2014 Le Mans entry - and it's electricMatt Hubbard, Speedmonkey
22 June 2013Le Mans 2013 - Allan Simonsen dies in Aston Martin GTE crashMatt Hubbard, Speedmonkey
23 June 20132013 Le Mans - results and summaryMatt Hubbard, Speedmonkey
23 June 2013Le Mans 2013 - Hour 23, and then the rain came downMatt Hubbard, Speedmonkey
24 June 20132013 Le Mans - the race is run. Time to go home (with some hand luggage)Matt Hubbard, Speedmonkey
25 June 2013AN IMPRESSIVE BATTLE FOR ALPINE A450 AND NELSON PANCIATICI!euroFORMULA
26 June 2013Eight podium finishes for ATL Le Mans 24 Hours 2013Aero Tec Laboratories
20 August 2013Bentley Le Mans editions - celebrating the Bentley BoysMatt Hubbard, Speedmonkey


2014 Race Information

DateArticleAuthor/Source
3 April 2014Le Mans 2014 Is Ages Away But We're Already ExcitedMatt Hubbard, Speedmonkey
30 May 2014NELSON PANCIATICI IS BACK AT LE MANS DRIVING THE ALPINE A 450 B!euroFORMULA
2 June 2014NELSON PANCIATICI IS BACK AT LE MANS DRIVING THE ALPINE A 450 B!euroFORMULA
8 June 2014A PROMISING PERFORMANCE FROM ALPINE AND NELSON PANCIATICI!euroFORMULA
8 June 2014ALPINE AND NELSON PANCIATICI HAVE PREPARED WELL!euroFORMULA
11 June 2014#24LM Watch A Porsche 936 Lap Le Mans in 1977Matt Hubbard, Speedmonkey
11 June 2014#LM24 2014 Le Mans Live StreamingMatt Hubbard, Speedmonkey
17 June 2014ALPINE AND NELSON PANCIATICI STEP UP ON THE PODIUM!euroFORMULA
27 June 2014Le Mans Cars At Goodwood - #Goodwood #FOSMatt Hubbard, Speedmonkey
1 July 2014Up Close And Personal With The Le Mans Cars At #Goodwood #FOSMatt Hubbard, Speedmonkey
19 November 2014Has Jenson Button Already Signed To Race For Audi At Le Mans/WEC?Matt Hubbard, Speedmonkey


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