1950 24 Hours of Le Mans

The 18th 24 -hour Le Mans race, the 18th Grand Prix d' Endurance les 24 Heures du Mans, took place from 24 to June 25, 1950 held at the Circuit des 24 Heures.

The race

Had the Automobile Club de l' Ouest in 1949 nor the worry, it could take too few messages for the 24- hour race, the organizers in 1950 was surprised by the flood of requests. 112 teams, including the teams that were invited by the ACO wanted to participate in the race. 60 were accepted by the officials. 26 different brands - from France, Great Britain, Italy, the USA and Czechoslovakia - were at the start. Only 33 cars came from the host country France, including three Talbots, two Delahayes and a Delage. Especially in the small classes, the French manufacturers were well represented. Work teams were of German et Bonnet, Gordini, Panhard and monopolies. Also in 1950 was - like last year - the diesel racing car Delettrez brothers there. The start number 1 received Pierre Veyron for his MAP, which had a 5 - liter diesel engine, including the compressor.

From Great Britain came the new Aston Martin DB2 and the Jaguar XK 120 Sydney Allard Allard J2 rolled his at the start and the Donald Healey Motor Company appeared with a special version of the Healey Silverstone with Nash engine. The oldest car at the starting line was a Bentley Mark V, built in 1934. Great sensation was caused Briggs Cunningham, who first came to Le Mans with his race team. The Collier brothers drove an almost unchanged Cadillac DeVille and Cunningham even a prototype, which was baptized by the viewers " the monster ".

Top drivers such as Juan Manuel Fangio, José Froilán González, Jean Behra, Peter Whitehead, Robert Manzon and Maurice Trintignant gave her in 1950 Le Mans debut.

Favorites to win were the two Ferrari of Peter Mitchell - Thomson, 2nd Baron Selsdon and Luigi Chinetti. In the previous year the winning team, both had other partners in 1950. Selsdon shared his 166MM with Jean Lucas. The partner of Chinetti was Pierre Louis -Dreyfus. The sentimental favorite of the French media, however, was Raymond Sommer, who played his last Le Mans race.

Raymond Sommer rushed - as with all Le Mans race, in which he was at the start - now in the lead and was able to settle driving record laps from the field. After two hours, but his ride was over. An engine failure stopped the Ferrari 195 Sport Touring Berlinetta Le Mans. After three hours, Louis Rosier - of the cockpit with his son Jean -Louis was divided - the head of the race. The Talbot Rosiers was a Grand Prix car, which had been made ​​by some modification to unceremoniously sports car. Except for a brief period during the night, when Guy Mairesse held the first place, always led the Rosier Talbot. At the end of the Rosiers had a lap ahead of the Talbot Mairesse / Meyrat. The two Rosiers also broke all existing Le Mans records. 22 years would pass before another French car will win the 24 - hour race.


Pilot after Nations

  • Elder drivers: USA 48 Luigi Chinetti (49 years )
  • Youngest Driver: France Jean -Louis Rosier (25 years)

Final ranking

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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: 84
  • Starter: 60
  • Weather during the race weekend: warm and sunny
  • Distance: 13.492 km
  • Honorary starter of the race: Jean Letourneau, French Minister for Overseas Territories
  • Distance of the winning team: 3465.120 km
  • Winners section: 144.380 km / h
  • Fastest race lap: Louis Rosier - Talbot -Lago T26GS (# 5) - 4.53.500 = 165.490 km / h