LE MANS 24 HOURS 1935

15th - 16th June

58 starters 28 classified finishers

Once again British cars dominated as well as providing 37 out of the 58 starters, the largest ever field in the history of the race up to that date, In deference to British tastes there was a lawn and rose garden laid out on the top of the pits, The great majority of English entries were under 1500 ccs while the 2 Lagondas Rapides were both 4. 5 litre models. Alter their 4 previous successes Alfa Romeo again started the race as favourites their main opposition coming from the big 4.9 litre Bugatti and the 2 Lagondas. Another record was that of the number of lady drivers, 10 in all , 6 of whom were teamed up in the 3 little 846 cc M. G s entered by Captain G. E. T Eyston. The end of lap 1 seemed to confirm the prognostics as it was Brian Lewis's Alfa in front ahead of the similar cars of Sommer and Chinetti. On lap 2 Sommer took over the lead but cooked his plugs and had to stop to exhange them, and at the end of the first hour it was Chinetti who led. He soon had to pit to change wheels which put him out of contention. Sommer was the next of the leaders to hit trouble losing 7 laps with a blocked fuel-line. He went out again but soon retired. After 12 hours, the Lewis - Howe Alfa was back in the lead ahead of Veyron's Bugatti, the Helde - Stoffel Alla and the Lagonda of Hindmarsh - Fontes. The Bugatti then went out with a broken rear axle as did fifth placed man Chinetti. Just after 5HOO on Sunday moming Howe retired with a holed piston and the race resolved itself into a duel between the Helde - Stoffel Alfa Romeo and the big Lagonda with the British car seeming able to hold its Italian rival at bay. By 14HOO Hindemarsh and Fontes were nearly 3 laps ahead after the Alfa had been delayed by a water leak, but as the end neared it began to eat into the Lagonda's lead, helped by the latter's 2 stops in the final 90 minutes. At one moment the red Italian car passed the red English one and the commentator, motivated more by excitement than exactitude, screamed that it was in front. In fact, it had unlapped itself but there was not the time left to make up the remaining lap, and the Lagonda sailed home to its one and only Le Mans victory some 8.4 kilometres ahead of the Alla Romeo. To complete the British triumph the third placed Aston Martin of Martin and Brackenbury won the Biennial cup and the Index of Performance as well as its class. Seven out of the 10 lady drivers finished induding the 6 driving the three P Type M. G.s.

CIRCUIT :

13.492 kms. The "hospitality units" met with much success as among those who rented them were companies like Dunlop, Castrol, Englebert, Repesseau, Tecalemit, Champion, Kervoline, Ste Standard, Ste des Petroles Jupiter, and "La Revue des Usagers de la Route" a magazine founded by Georges Durand as we11 as the English motor magazines The Motor and The Autocar.

REGUlATIONS:

no change but use Shell fuels

STARTERS:

58 cars 4 nations 17 makes

France : 1 Amilcar, 1 B. N. C. (Bo11ack, Netter et Cie) , 7 Bugattis, 1 Delahaye, 1 Derby, 1 Lorraine Dietrieh, 1 Talbot.

Great Britain : 7 Aston Martins, 4 Austins, 2 Frazer Nasbes, 2 Lagondas, 7 M. G. s, 6 Rileys, 9 Singers.

Italy: 5 Alfa Romeos, 2 Fiats.

United States of America : 1 Dusenberg.

SUMMARY:

Saturday morning dawned wet but the weather had improved as the cars lined up. Missing were 2 Bugattis induding a 4.9 litre model which had crashed in practice. Also on Saturday morning Sommer was let down at the last minute by his co - driver (ill ? ), and wanted to replace him with the veteran, Dauvergne. 'Too late", said the stewards : "no problem" said the Frenchman who set off alone eheered on by the erowd. Making his debut in one of the Fiats was a certain Amedee Gordini. The Dusenberg of the Roumanian Prince had lightened coachwork. 150 bhp was the quoted power output for the 2 Lagondas. The Davis - Fane Frazer Nash was supercharged. The works Aston Martins were painted red and the privately entered ones green. Pretty streamlined coachwork on certain Singers. Final Le Mans race for Lorraine - Dietrich, B. N. C, Derby and Dusenberg. Luis Fontes (of Spanish origin) who shared the winning car was a well known Brooklands driver, 1935 being his only Le Mans appearance. He gave up racing the same year and was killed in the R. A. F in World War 2. Five different makes in the first 5 places, Lagonda, Alfa Romeo, Aston Martin, Riley and Delahaye.

RECORDS:

Only the winning car exceeded the 3000 km mark thus the 1933 record still stood. No new fastest lap either as the best Howe could do was 5'47" 9, a speed 01 139, 612 km/h. Twenty - two out of the 28 finishers were British. The "Baby - sport" Talbot was a true road - going car and managed to last for 22 hours.

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