1964 24 Hours of Le Mans

The 32 24 - hour race at Le Mans, the 32e Grand Prix d' Endurance les 24 Heures du Mans, took place from 20 to 21 June in 1964 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

Major attraction of the race were the three Ford GT40 Ford Motor Company. Eric Broadley in Slough had developed this new American sports car. The racing program was directed by John Wyer, who in 1959 performed as race director of Aston Martin Roy Salvadori and Carroll Shelby to overall victory. However, when test weekend in April, Ford suffered a serious setback: Both Roy Salvadori, and Jo Schlesser had severe accidents because the vehicles on the fast straights were completely unstable. Until the race in June, the concept is revised. and the GT40 were more downforce.

In training, however, the works Ferraris were the fastest. John Surtees drove the fastest so far achieved in Le Mans lap time in the Ferrari 330P. The factory cars from Maranello also took over after the start of the lead in the race, the new Ferrari 250LM, David Piper for the North American Racing Team drove, but was already in the first round with a defect in the oil pump are. After an hour of racing for the first time was a Ford in the lead, when Masten Gregory took the lead. On the night but fell out with all Ford technical defects. Even Ferrari lost before midnight two 275P by failures.

Tragedy before the Indianapolis

At nightfall, the AC Cars factory driver Peter Bolton had an accident on the fast passage between the Mulsanne and Indianapolis curve. The AC Cobra slid it into a run-off area that was closed to spectators. Three people were but increased over the barrier and were hit by the rotating race car. All three died still at the accident site. At this time, the Maserati Tipo 151 with Maurice Trintignant had driven up to third place overall at the wheel. A little later the French stopped a faulty electrical system.

After John Surtees and Lorenzo Bandini lost their lead after problems with the fuel supply and a consequent long pit stop, the way was clear for the overall victory by Nino Vaccarella and Jean Guichet in the factory Ferrari 275P. It was the first driver to win for France since 1954.

An oddity occurred in the vehicle by Tony Maggs: To cool the carburetor of the 12 -cylinder engine in the Ferrari 250 GTO, ice was used. Some parts of it fell into the cockpit and stuck between the pedals. Thus, the South Africans withdrew to slight frostbite on the feet in June.


Pilot after Nations

Final ranking

1 accident in training 2 accident in training accident in training 3 4 Reserve

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: 86
  • Starter: 55
  • Weather during the race weekend: cold and dry
  • Distance: 13.461 km
  • Honorary starter of the race: Paul Alfons von Metternich - Winneburg, vice president of the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile
  • Distance of the winning team: 4695.310 km
  • Winners section: 195.638 km / h
  • Pole position: John Surtees - Ferrari 330P (# 19) - 3.42.000 = 218.216 km / h
  • Fastest race lap: Phil Hill - Ford GT40 Mk I ( # 10) - 3.49.200 = 211.429 km / h
  • Race series: 9th round to World Sportscar Championship