1929 24 Hours of Le Mans

The seventh 24 - hour race at Le Mans, the Grand Prix d' Endurance les 7e 24 Heures du Mans, was held from June 15 to 16 place in 1929 at the Circuit des 24 Heures.

The race

For the first time since the inaugural race in 1923, the route was adapted. The curve of Pontlieue was replaced by a new circuit part and thereby reduce the path length of 16.340 km.

Favorites for overall victory were again the factory cars from Bentley, who had won the race in the last two years. Woolf Barnato and Tim Birkin drove the new 6-cylinder Bentley, the Speed ​​Six. Serious competition grew the British car like 1928 by the American Stutz and Chrysler, however, were used by the French team. There were also a 5.3 -liter Du Pont well as several private teams. The host country was represented mainly by Tracta.

From the beginning, Bentleys set the pace. Only the Stutz could follow the British factory cars. On Saturday evening, these vehicles had lapped the entire rest of the field at least once. After a quiet night soon became clear that the Bentleys were unstoppable. The British press celebrated a Bentley quadruple victory in the end. Barnato won his second 24 -hour race in a row and Tim Birkin his first. The victorious Speed ​​Six has also secured the index score and the victory in the highest displacement class, so Barnato and Birkin were at the presentation ceremony to accept the same three prizes.

In the final laps were forming the leading factory Bentleys, almost one after the other to cross the finish line. Thus, a procedure was of the " Bentley Boys " was introduced, which is also still practiced by the respective teams at the finish line.


Pilot after Nations

  • Oldest Driver: United Kingdom Francis Curzon, Earl Howe (45 years )
  • Youngest Driver: United Kingdom Clive Dunfee (19 years)

Final ranking

1 Not started 2 Not Started Not Started 3 4 5 Not Started Not Started Not Started 6

Only in the message list

In this race no other messages were issued.

Class winner

Race data

  • Reported: 31
  • Started: 25
  • Counted: 10
  • Racing classes: 5
  • Attendance: unknown
  • Honorary starter of the race: unknown
  • Weather during the race weekend: dry
  • Distance: 16.340 km
  • Travel time of the winning team: 24:00:00,000 hours
  • Total rounds of the winning team: 174
  • Total distance of the winning team: 2843.830 km
  • Winners section: 118.492 km / h
  • Pole Position: unknown
  • Fastest race lap: Tim Birkin - Bentley Speed ​​Six (# 1) - 7.21.000 = 133.551 km / h
  • Race series: counted at any racing series