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Gregory Petrolati
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QUOTE (Zippideedoda @ 7 Jan 2005, 16:54)Am I missing something here?

I am hoping someone can enlighten this yank.

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Zippy, another Yank here...

Not to sound too obvious... LeMans is held in France. No offence to our French
bretheren... The race has it's own rules.

This may have related back to the very eariest days of Lemans when there
were all sorts of cars competing in the race. Everything from cycle cars (4
wheeled motorcycles) to 12 liter monsters. The difference in performance
between the fastest and the slowest cars wasn't as drastic as it became after
WWII. Most folks couldn't afford Bentleys Bugattis Alfa Romeos and Lagondas.
They could buy MGs, Morgans, Citroens, Renaults and a host of other small cars.

Small car manufacturers wouldn't wouldn't miss any opportunity like LeMans to
show their wares. There was (is?) something in LeMans called a "Index of
Performance" that grouped all the cars together in one class. The "I of P", a
complicated mathematical formula made it possible for a tiny car like a Deutch
Bonnet to win a class in the race... A very big deal if if your country made more
small slower cars than it did large faster cars... like France did after the war.

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Gregory Petrolati
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QUOTE Not to ruin your day but in 1952, a French geezer by the name of Pierre Levegh led the entire race until 23 minutes from the end in a pre-war Talbot T26GS fitted with a twin-seater body until, after he had driven by himself for that long and rather exhausted, he missed a shift, over-revved the 6-banger and dropped a valve. At that time he had the two Benzes soundly beaten.
Regards,

In `55 he drove a Healey... If it wasn't for Mike Hawthorne braking hard after overshooting his pits, it might not have been the "geezer's last LeMans ride.... and Mercedes last LeMansfor about 30 some years

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Gregory Petrolati
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QUOTE Not too sure about the accuracy of that statement
. Levegh was driving a Mercedes which ultimatley ran into the back of a Healey driven by Lance Macklin which had turned into his path while Levegh was at full speed causing the tragedy.

You're right, of course...

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