1926 24 Hours of Le Mans

The fourth 24 - hour race at Le Mans, the Grand Prix d' Endurance les 4e 24 Heures du Mans, held from 12 to June 13, 1926 held at the Circuit des 24 Heures.

History and race

After last year's dispute with a landowner who had made the relocation of the pit area near the Mulsanne necessary, this could some far-reaching with the organizer in the spring of 1926. The Automobile Club de l' Ouest acquired the land and built on the new pit facilities and grandstands. There were also restaurants, a separate building for the press and parking spaces for 3,000 vehicles. For the first time viewers could also read the status of the race by a large display board that still had to be awkward operated by hand, however.

Chenard Walcker & had declared his retirement just before the race, so that France was represented primarily by Lorraine -Dietrich and Ariès. But the first time was Peugeot with a 2 -car factory team at the start. Great attraction in the team was the legendary French Grand Prix veteran Louis Wagner, who had in 1908 the third Grand Prix motor racing history, the American Grand Prix in Svannah won and who in the 1910s for factory team from Mercedes. Bentley sent three cars in the race, and from Italy Officine Meccaniche came back two. However, the big surprise was the participation of three Willys from the USA. However, a car lost the Americans after a training accident.

In the race to be first led the Peugeots, but both do not finish the race. When Wagner / d' Auvergne car failed after a pit stop, the starter, and the long -propelled second second works car was taken to a broken windshield by the officials of the race. After this unpopular measure, there were significant expressions of displeasure of the audience. Since all three Bentleys failed with technical defects, there was at the end of the race a triple victory for Lorraine -Dietrich. It was the second consecutive win for the team and the driver André Rossignol became the first participant in the race, this could win twice.


Pilot after Nations

  • Oldest Starter: France Gaston Delalande (52 years )

Final ranking

1 accident in training

Only in the message list

Here are the teams, drivers and vehicles that were originally registered for the competition, but it did not participate for various reasons.

Class winner

Race data

  • Reported: 43
  • Started: 41
  • Counted: 13
  • Racing classes: 5
  • Attendance: unknown
  • Honorary starter of the race: unknown
  • Weather during the race weekend: warm and sunny
  • Distance: 17.262 km
  • Travel time of the winning team: 24:00:00,000 hours
  • Total rounds of the winning team: 148
  • Total distance of the winning team: 2552.414 km
  • Winners section: 106.350 km / h
  • Pole Position: unknown
  • Fastest race lap: Marcel Mongin - Lorraine -Dietrich B3 -6 ( # 5) - 9.03.000 - 114.444 km / h
  • Race series: counted at any racing series