1927 24 Hours of Le Mans

The fifth 24 - hour race at Le Mans, 5e Grand Prix d' Endurance les 24 Heures du Mans, took place from 18 June 19, 1927 held at the Circuit des 24 Heures.

  • 2.1 pilots after Nations
  • 2.2 Final ranking
  • 2.3 Only in the message list
  • 2.4 Class Winner
  • 2.5 racing data

The race

The 24 - hour race in 1927 so far has gone down in the history of this long-distance race, as it applies to the British experts as the " real" beginning of the event. Specialized journalists not call the race of 1927 as the "best", but the " classic " 24 - hour race. That exciting motor sport events need not always be associated with the number of participants, the fact that in 1927 only 22 teams took part. This meant almost a halving of the number of participants, as were the previous year even started the race 41 cars. Originally it should be 23, but one of the two Tracta crashed on arrival and could not attend.

The big favorites to win were the only three non-French cars. Three factory Bentley. " Old Number 7", a 3 -liter Bentley Super Sport, driven by Sammy Davis and Dudley Benjafield. A second 3 liter Super Sports was controlled by the Frenchman André d' Erlanger and the British George Duller. The most powerful car in the field was the 4.5-liter Bentley " Old Mother Gun", the Frank Clement - the winner of 1924 - and Leslie Callingham piloted. The winning team of the last two years - - After the withdrawal of Chenard Walcker & had the year before, even Lorraine Dietrich had renounced participation. So there was the strongest French car only a 3 -liter Ariès, driven by Robert Laly and Jean Chassagne. However, the home team focused on winning the Biennial Cup, sat by an index rating the mileage of a vehicle in a relationship to performance. Here, the smaller displacement vehicles were slight advantage.

The Maison -Blanche - accident ( White- House - disaster )

The race started as expected, with a triple guidance of Bentley. Up to 21 clock 30 on the Saturday night and everything went according to plan, there was a mass accident. Pierre Tabourin lost in the Maison Blanche curve - at that time was almost at the racetrack a white house that gave its name to the curve - the rule over its 2 -liter Théo Schneider. He came up with the right rear wheel in a small ditch on the right of the road and skidded. The Frenchman was able to intercept the car yet, but the then transversely to the direction of travel and half on the road came to a halt. The close behind propelled Callingham in the " Old Mother Gun" did not dodge, hit the Théo Schneider in the rear and pushed him on the road continues. In short intervals, a further Théo Schneider, the 3-liter Bentley of Duller and a 1- liter Ariès clashed in both vehicles. When Sammy Davis came to the scene in " Old Number 7", were five wrecks on the track. Davis was warned by viewers and slowed his pace. He could not quite stand still due to the poor brakes on the Bentley. He tried to force the car into a spin, slid sideways past the wrecks and damaged the Bentley considerably. Davis paused and looked at the damage. When he had found that, by some miracle, neither his two teammates still one of the French drivers were seriously injured, he got back in and went back to driving slowly to the pits.

There presented Benjafield and he found that the front axle was warped and missing on the right side of both the fender and the lamp. After damaligem Regulations only the drivers were allowed to work on the vehicle and both had more than a half hour to make the car back on the road. With a gap of six rounds Benjafield took the race on again. Although the steering on the line was wrong and the windshield was missing, Davis was able to Sunday, just after noon, shorten the gap to the leading Ariès Chassagne on a lap. However, a victory was no longer possible. The Ariès but was plagued by problems with the distributor, which eventually led to the failure of the car.

The victory of Davis and Benjafield was taken by the British press with great jubilation and led in the next few years to a flood of British spectators at Le Mans. More and more teams came in sequence to the Sarthe. To date, the enthusiasm continues in the British Isles for this race, which in 1927 began. If, however, Davis Bentley no longer made ​​to run, until today the smallest racing car overall winner of the 24 -hour race would have been with a small Salmson.

Hotel Savoy

1927 also began the tradition of the victorious Bentley of the 24- hour race in the foyer of London's Savoy Hotel to issue to prove the vehicle the honor. What with " Old Number 7" 1927 began, took place in 2003 with the Bentley EXP Speed ​​8 of Tom Kristensen, Rinaldo Capello and Guy Smith his previous statements.


Pilot after Nations

Final ranking

1 Accident on arrival

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: 31
  • Started: 22
  • Counted: 7
  • Racing classes: 5
  • Attendance: unknown
  • Honorary starter of the race: unknown
  • Weather during the race weekend: rain at night
  • Distance: 17.262 km
  • Travel time of the winning team: 24:00:00,000 hours
  • Total rounds of the winning team: 137
  • Total distance of the winning team: 2369.807 km
  • Winners section: 98.740 km / h
  • Pole Position: unknown
  • Fastest race lap: Frank Clement - Bentley 4.5 Litre (# 1) - 8.46.000 = 118.142 km / h
  • Race series: counted at any racing series