Friday, 19 June 2020

Today 54 years ago: Mini Marcos at Le Mans

On Sunday June 19, 1966 at 4:00 PM the Le Mans 24-hours race finished. One day earlier the race had started with a real drama unfolding itself in the next 24 hours on the La Sarthe racing track in France. That's 54 years ago at this very moment, but I don't have to tell you, do I..?

The Mini Marcos started the 24-hours race with headlight covers. They were taken off when it was getting darker and night was to fall
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Few people expected the little fibreglass-bodied car to last the opening laps that year, 
leave alone run on into the night
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As car after car ran into trouble and dropped out, the raucous little Mini Marcos wailed on, 
becoming the only British car still running
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This is the only picture that I have of the car finishing the race. Who has a better copy?
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Famous photograph: The Mini Marcos comes in at an incredible 15th overall. You can see it's 5 minutes past 4 on the clock if you look really well. Huge crowd at the back is centred around the three Ford GT40s that have become 1, 2 and 3
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