24 Hours of Le Mans: 1924

 

The 1924 24 Hours of Le Mans was the 2nd Grand Prix of Endurance, and took place on 14 and 15 June 1924. It was the second part of three consecutive annual races for the Rudge-Whitworth Triennial Cup, as well simultaneously being the first race in the new 1924-25 Rudge-Whitworth Biennial Cup.

With tougher target distances, as well as hot weather, the cars had to be pushed harder and this year only 12 of the 41 starters completed the 24 hours. The 4-litre Chenard-Walcker of the 1923 winners René Léonard and André Lagache had the early lead, for the first three hours, until it caught fire on the Mulsanne Straight. Thereafter it was a battle between the three-car Lorraine-Dietrich team and the British Bentley. The Bentley victory brought international acclaim and cemented the popularity of the race as a significant European event.

After the success of their inaugural 24-hour event, the Automobile Club de l'Ouest (ACO) set about making further improvements. Firstly, the race-timing was moved to the summer solstice in late June to make the best use of the extended daylight as well as the higher probability of better weather. The ACO also recognised that the Triennial Cup format was unworkable after an unexpectedly large number of cars had qualified from the year before. The current trophy stayed active, but not renewed. Émile Coquille, co-organiser and representative of the sponsor Rudge-Whitworth was still keen on a multi-year format, so a compromise Biennial Cup was initiated instead. Teams had to nominate which of their cars would compete for the Triennial Cup, while all entries were eligible for the Biennial Cup.

Specifications were tightened up on features like windshields, running boards and seats to prevent abuse by manufacturers trying to save weight. It became compulsory to carry one spare wheel on board, exhausts had to be aligned to not blow dust off the road, and cars had to have functioning headlights between designated hours of darkness (8.30pm to 4am). In the original interests of furthering the advance of touring-car technology, convertibles had to come in after 5 laps and put up their hoods. Then after running for at least two laps with hoods up, they would come in and have them officially checked for robustness before dropping them back down. Failure would result in disqualification. Finally, the car companies also had to present written evidence of the requisite 30 production examples.

In the interests of driver safety, protective headgear now had to be worn. A minimum of 20 laps had to be driven before a car could stop to replenish fuel, water or oil fluids, still done solely by the driver.

Where we have not had a model of the car as raced through the business I've added another example of the car as an illustration (where I have one)

 

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Car

No.

Team

Drivers

Chassis

Engine

Laps

 

1

1924 Bentley 3 Litre

8

 Bentley Motors Limited

 John Duff
 Frank Clement

Bentley 3 Litre Sport

Bentley 3.0L S4

120
(125**)

 

2

Still Looking

6

 Societe Lorraine De Dietrich
et Cie

 Henri Stoffel
 Édouard Brisson

Lorraine-Dietrich
B3-6 Sport

Lorraine-Dietrich 3.5L S6

119

 

3

Still Looking

5

 Societe Lorraine De Dietrich
et Cie

 Gérard de Courcelles
 André Rossignol

Lorraine-Dietrich
B3-6 Sport

Lorraine-Dietrich 3.5L S6

119

 

4

Still Looking

31

 Chenard-Walcker SA

 André Pisart
 Joseph Chavée

Chenard-Walcker
Type TT 10/12CV

Chenard et Walcker 1973cc S4

111

 

5

Still Looking

30

 Chenard-Walcker SA

 Christian Dauvergne
 Manso de Zúñiga

Chenard-Walcker
Type TT 10/12CV

Chenard et Walcker 1973cc S4

109

 

6

Still Looking

17

 Établissements Automobiles
Rolland et Pilain SA

 Gaston Delalande
 Georges Guignard

Rolland-Pilain C23 Sport

Rolland-Pilain 1997cc S4

107

 

7

Still Looking

15

 Société des Automobiles
Brasier

 Eugéne Verpault
 Marcel Delabarre

Brasier TB4

Brasier 2.1L S4

112
***

 

8

Still Looking

16

 Société des Automobiles
Brasier

 . Migeot
 Léopold Jouguet

Brasier TB4

Brasier 2.1L S4

105

 

9

Still Looking

19

 Établissements Automobiles
Rolland et Pilain SA

 Louis Sire
 Louis Tremel

Rolland-Pilain C23 Sport

Rolland-Pilain 1997cc S4

104

 

10

Still Looking

28

 Établissements Industriels
Jacques Bignan

 Baron Raymond de Tornaco
 Francis Barthélémy

Bignan 2 Litre Sport

Bignan 1979cc S4

102

 

11

Still Looking

51

 Société des Automobile
Ariès

 Fernand Gabriel
 Henri Lapierre

Ariès CC4

Ariès 1085cc S4

91

 

12

Still Looking

46

 Société des Automobiles
à Refroidissements par Air

 André Marandet
 Louis Francois

SARA ATS [7CV]

SARA 1099cc S4

89

 

13

Still Looking

50

 Société des Automobile
Ariès

 Louis Rigal
 Roger Delano

Ariès CC2 Sport

Ariès 1085cc S4

89

 

14

Still Looking

52

 Société Nouvelle de
l'Automobile Amilcar

 Maurice Boutmy
 Jérôme Marcandanti

Amilcar CV

Amilcar 1004cc S4

87

 

N/C
****

Still Looking

38

 Chenard-Walcker SA

 Pierre Bacqueyrisses
 Georges Delaroche

Chenard-Walcker
Type Y 9CV

Chenard-Walcker 1496cc.S4

84

 

N/C
****

Still Looking

40

 Constructions Métallurgiques
Usines Alba

 Raoul Roret
 Bruno Calise

Alba S4 10/12CV

SCAP 1481cc S4

79

 

DNF

Still Looking

4

 Societe Lorraine De Dietrich
et Cie

 Robert Bloch
 . Stalter

Lorraine-Dietrich
B3-6 Sport

Lorraine-Dietrich 3.5L S6

112

DNF

Still Looking

29

 Établissements Industriels
Jacques Bignan

 René Marie
 Henri Springuel

Bignan 2 Litre Sport

Bignan 1979cc S4

88

DNF

Still Looking

37

 Chenard-Walcker SA

 Robert Sénéchal
 Raymond Glaszmann

Chenard-Walcker
Type Y 9CV

Chenard-Walcker 1496cc.S4

83

DNF

Still Looking

45

 Société des Automobiles
à Refroidissements par Air

 Lucien Erb
 Léon Fabert

SARA ATS [7CV]

SARA 1098cc S4

82

DNF

Still Looking

47

 Société des Automobiles
à Refroidissements par Air

 Julio de Ségovia
 . Alcain

SARA ATS [7CV]

SARA 1098cc S4

80

DNF

Still Looking

7

 Société des Automobile
Ariès

 Robert Laly
 Charles Flohot

Ariès Type S GP

Ariés 3.2L S4

64

DNF

Still Looking

20

 Établissements Automobiles
Rolland et Pilain SA

 Gérard Marinier
 Antoine Dubreil

Rolland-Pilain C23 Sport

Rolland-Pilain 1997cc S4

60

DNF

Still Looking

32

 Georges et René Pol

 Louis Henry
 Jean Vaurez

G.R.P. 9CV

G.R.P. 1690cc S4

59

DNF

Still Looking

43

 Société Française des
Automobiles Corre

 Paul Drouin
 Louis Balart

Corre La Licorne V16
10CV Sport

SCAP 1481cc S4

58

DNF

Still Looking

27

 Automobiles Georges Irat

 Jean Dourianou
 Pierre Malleveau

Georges Irat Type 4A
Sport

Georges Irat 2.0L S4

42

DNF

Still Looking

23

 Établissements
Charles Montier et Cie

 Charles Montier
 Albert Ouriou

Ford-Montier Speciale

Ford 1996cc S4

40

DNF

Still Looking

3

 Chenard-Walcker SA

 André Lagache
 René Léonard

Chenard-Walcker
Type U 22CV Sport

Chenard-Walcker 3.9L S8

26

DNF

Still Looking

49

 Automobiles Majola

 Charles Follot
 Fernand Casellini

Majola Type A

Majola 1088cc S4

22

DNF

Still Looking

18

 Établissements Automobiles
Rolland et Pilain SA

 Jean de Marguenat
 René Gaudin

Rolland-Pilain C23 Sport

Rolland-Pilain 1997cc S4

18

DNF

Still Looking

48

 Société Nouvelle de
l'Automobile Amilcar

 André Morel
 Marius Mestivier

Amilcar CGS

Amilcar 1089cc S4

13

DNF

Still Looking

33

 Louis Chenard

 Louis Chenard
 Émile Chenard

Louis Chenard Type E

Chapuis-Dornier 1496cc S4

13

DNF

Still Looking

25

 Automobiles Oméga-Six

 Marcel Mongin
 Roland Coty

Oméga-Six Type A

Oméga 1996cc S6

11

DNF

Still Looking

11

 Établissements Industriels
Jacques Bignan

 Jacques Ledure
 Jean Matthys

Bignan 3 Litre Sport

Bignan 3.0L S6

10

DNF

Still Looking

24

 Automobiles Oméga-Six

 Jacques Margueritte
 Louis Bonne

Oméga-Six Type A

Oméga 1996cc S6

9

DSQ

Still Looking

10

 Établissements Industriels
Jacques Bignan

 Philippe de Marne
 Jean Martin

Bignan 3 Litre Sport

Bignan 3.0L SI6

8

DNF

Still Looking

9

 Chenard-Walcker SA

 Raoul Bachmann
 Fernand Bachmann

Chenard-Walcker
Type U 15CV Sport

Chenard-Walcker 3.0L S4

6

DNF

Still Looking

44

 Société Française des
Automobiles Corre

 Fernand Vallon
 Joseph Paul

Corre La Licorne V16
10CV Sport

SCAP 1481cc S4

5

DNF

Still Looking

42

 Société Française des
Automobiles Corre

 Albert Colomb
 Waldemar Lestienne

Corre La Licorne V16
10CV Sport

SCAP 1481cc S4

3

DNF

Still Looking

12

 Société des Automobile
Ariès

 Arthur Duray
 Giulio Foresti

Ariès Type S GP

Ariés 3.0L S4

3

DNF

Still Looking

41

 Constructions Métallurgiques
Usines Alba

 . Hatton
 . Dreux

Alba S4 10/12CV

SCAP 1481cc S4

1

 


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