This could possibly be the one coolest video we’ve ever posted right here at AutoCarTechNews and we’ve posted actually 1000’s. Shot in 1956, that is 1955 Le Mans champion Mike Hawthorn, then a manufacturing facility Jaguar driver making a lap of Le Mans in a D-Sort Jag race automobile. It’s earlier than the race, so the roads are nonetheless open to the general public and he has to dodge different automobiles, folks, and even bicyclists! He’s mic’d up and giving commentary and explaining the course your entire time. That is so frigging superior that phrases are failing us. One man on a motorcycle rolls out in entrance of him and he says, “Typical French!” Unimaginable.
Hawthorn, as lots of was blamed by many for inflicting the notorious crash on the 1955 Le Mans race for braking closely in entrance of Lance Macklin, who then swerved into the trail of Pierre Levegh who then careened via the stands killing greater than 80 folks. Hawthorn later died in a site visitors accident in 1959, however what most have no idea is that on the time this movie was made, he was already in fairly dangerous well being and was instructed by docs that he solely had a couple of years left to reside due to numerous points like kidney failure, and so forth.
The movie is amazingly crisp, the audio is superb for 1956 expertise and we will hear each the good screaming Jag and Hawthorn’s rationalization of the course, the assorted corners, and the enhancements which have been made to the “monitor” from 1955 to 1956. The truth that the race was even held in ’56 is a miracle as a result of in fashionable occasions, any occasion the place 80 folks have been killed would most likely be put down endlessly. Racers died with gorgeous regularity within the mid 1950s. It was a wonderful however quick lived life for a lot of again then.
We now have nothing extra so as to add, aside from that you must watch this video and in case you are not completely blown away by it, you’re hanging out on the flawed web site. Coolest freaking factor ever.
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