1935 24 Hours of Le Mans

The 13th 24 -hour Le Mans race, the Grand Prix d' Endurance les 13e 24 Heures du Mans, was held from June 15 to 16 place in 1935 at the Circuit des 24 Heures.

The race

The largest number of starters, 55, went on 15 June 1935 in the 13th 24 -hour Le Mans race. With 37 vehicles Britain established the majority of vehicles. Works teams from Aston Martin, Singer, Riley and Austin were at the start. For the first time Frazer Nash sent two works cars at La Sarthe. The strongest British cars, was the privately employed Lagonda Johnny Hindmarsh and Luis Fontes. The first time a couple was at the start. Tommy and Elsie Wisdom, called "The Tommy and Bill Show", but were in different vehicles. Tommy Wisdom drove a Singer Nine, his wife Elsie, together with the Canadian Kay Petre a Riley Nine. Both did not see the checkered flag. From France came Talbot, now under the leadership of Anthony Lago and Delahaye. Also present was again the Romanian Prince Nicholas with his totally unfashionable but large-displacement Duesenberg.

But favorite was again the Alfa Romeo 8C. Four privately reported and the car in which Raymond Sommer was sitting, took over the lead from the start. By nightfall, however, was any of the four Italian cars, at least once ventured up to the top of the field. Most Bugattis and the Duesenberg had already failed before midnight. Raymond Sommer - who had to go to an illness of his teammates since the start without a release - was early Sunday after technical problems on also. As also had to give Luigi Chinetti and Francis Curzon, was only more of the Alfa Romeo by Pierre Louis -Dreyfus and Henri Stoffel left. As Dreyfus also had a longer repair to the box, took the heavy Lagonda Rapide, with Hindmarsh at the wheel, the lead. As Dreyfus caught up with the British again and passed, the pit crew made ​​a serious mistake. In the erroneous assumption that Dreyfus would be already at the top, he was stopped to drive slowly to conserve the Alfa. The Frenchman had but just rounded back. When the error was noticed, it was too late. Although Dreyfus could still massively lost ground, but in the end had to admit defeat by two car lengths. Here, the later victorious Lagonda was almost failed. The car was almost the whole race of transmission problems plagued some of which were so large that the driver could barely even turn. On his last turn Luis Fontes put the Lagonda just ahead of the boxes off and walked back to report a failure. But his pit crew sent him back on track, he could start the car, shift into first gear after some effort and move on.

28 vehicles, more than ever, saw the checkered flag, with the Lagonda team missed the distance record by more than 100 km.


Pilot after Nations

  • Oldest Driver: United Kingdom Francis Curzon, Earl Howe (51 years )
  • Youngest Driver: United Kingdom Lord Selsdon (22 years)

Final ranking

Not started 1 accident in training 2

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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: 63
  • Starter: 58
  • Weather during the race weekend: warm, with brief showers
  • Distance: 13.492 km
  • Distance of the winning team: 3006.797 km
  • Winners section: 125.283 km / h
  • Fastest race lap: Earl Howe - Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 ( # 10) - 5.47.900 = 139.612 km / h