1937 24 Hours of Le Mans

The 14th 24 -hour Le Mans race, the 14th Grand Prix d' Endurance les 24 Heures du Mans, took place from 19 to June 20, 1937 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

After a year's break a 24 -hour race was held in 1937. With great interest the French motor racing press pursued the return of Bugatti as a factory team. After the success of the Grand Prix of France 1936 in Montlhery two Bugatti Type 57G was equipped with an aerodynamic body. The operation was taken over by Rober Labric driving a vehicle with Pierre Veyron shared. The second car piloted by Jean -Pierre Wimille and Robert Benoist. In addition to some private Bugattis were also seven Delahayes from France. For the last time you saw Chenard & Walcker also in Le Mans. The later Grand Prix driver Yves Giraud - Cabantous set up two streamlined vehicles that were already 12 years old. From Great Britain came Aston Martin, Riley, Singer and MG. The first time was a work team of Germany at the start: Adler sent his trump racing sedans to the Sarthe. Already come into the years Alfa Romeo 8C also in 1937 as the favorites for overall victory despite the factory Bugattis were; at the start but was just the car of Raymond Sommer.

Again, it was Raymond Sommer, who skipped out on the field just after the start, when it came to a serious accident after an hour of racing.

The second Maison- Blanche- accident

Once before, namely in 1927, the fast portion of the scene of a pileup was at Maison Blanche. 1937, in the ninth round, the Frenchman René Kippeurt with his Bugatti Type 44 at 150 km / h off the track. The Bugatti slipped sideways and rolled over several times. Kippeurt was thrown from the vehicle. Several cars drove on: first the German Fritz Roth, who roamed the wreck and slipped on a field on a slope. The next was Pat Farfield, the wreck fully met with his BMW 328. Jean Trémoulet was hurled with his Delahaye in the air as he drove over the wreckage. Even Roger Caron and Raphaël Bethenod de las Casas were involved in the accident. In contrast to 1927, the mass accident this year went from not lightly. Kippeurt died at the accident scene and the hospital brought Pat Farfield died in the night from his injuries.

In general chaos went under completely that the leading Raymond Sommer had to retire with engine failure. From this point drove Wimille and Benoist - a record lap after another driving - a comfortable win against. At the end they had broken all existing records and Bugatti brought the first overall victory at Le Mans.


Pilot after Nations

Final ranking

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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: 62
  • Starter: 48
  • Weather during the race weekend: warm, rain on Saturday night
  • Distance: 13.492 km
  • Distance of the winning team: 3287.938 km
  • Winners section: 136.997 km / h
  • Fastest race lap: Jean -Pierre Wimille - Bugatti Type 57G Tank (# 2) - 5.13.000 = 155.179 km / h