24 Hours of Le Mans: 1925

 

The 1925 24 Hours of Le Mans was the 3rd Grand Prix of Endurance, and took place on 20 and 21 June 1925. It was the last of the three races spanning 1923 to 1925 to determine the winner of the Rudge-Whitworth Triennial Cup, as well the second race of the inaugural Biennial Cup.

The Automobile Club de l'Ouest (ACO) was pleased with how the 1924 regulations had worked. They adjusted the hood-test so that all cars could do it at the same time. The start was the logical point and to stop drivers from jumping the gun they would be lined up on the opposite side of the track. When the flag fell, they would run across, put the hood up and then start the car and get away as quick as possible. This became the origin of the famous “Le Mans start” that was an institution of the race until 1969, when safety concerns led to its end.

The ACO offered a FF500 prize for the quickest to put up their hood, and the French agent for Truffault-Hartford suspension parts offered a FF1000 prize to the car leading after the first lap. The hoods now had to stay up for at least the first twenty laps (about two hours), and they had to be examined by officials for robustness before being pulled down. In addition to the 20-lap rule between fluid replenishment, no liquids could now be added after 3pm, in the final hour of the race.

Another important change was that every car had to cross the finish line and take the chequered flag to be classified. Using the cars’ average race speeds, the officials would calculate each car's estimated position on the track at the 24-hour mark.

This year there were a number of cash prizes awarded by the ACO and assorted sponsors for events ranging from leading at certain times to quietest and most comfortable cars. Finally, this race was the culmination of the inaugural Triennial and Biennial Cups. Only seven manufacturers' entries remained who had completed both the 1923 and 1924 races to be in contention for the Triennial Cup. There were eight entrants for the Biennial Cup. Both would be decided solely by the results in this race, not from the combined aggregate.

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)

 

Pos

Car

No.

Team

Drivers

Chassis

Engine

Laps

1

Lorraine-Dietrich B3-6 (example)

5

 Societe Lorraine De Dietrich
et Cie

 André Rossignol
 Gérard de Courcelles

Lorraine-Dietrich
B3-6 Sport

Lorraine-Dietrich 3.5L S6

129

2

Still Looking

16

 Sunbeam Motor Co

 Jean Chassagne
 Sammy Davis

Sunbeam 3 Litre Super Sports

Sunbeam 3.0L S6

125

3

Lorraine-Dietrich B3-6

4

 Societe Lorraine De Dietrich
et Cie

 Édouard Brisson
 . Stalter

Lorraine-Dietrich
B3-6 Sport

Lorraine-Dietrich 3.5L S6

124

4

Still Looking

29

 Officine Meccaniche

 Tino Danieli
 Mario Danieli

OM Tipo 665S Superba

OM 1991cc S6

121

5

Still Looking

30

 Officine Meccaniche

 Giulio Foresti
 Aimé Vassiaux

OM Tipo 665S Superba

OM 1991cc S6

121

6

Still Looking

11

 Société des Automobile
Ariès

 Louis Wagner
 Charles Flohot

Ariès Type S GP2

Ariès 3.0L S4

119

N/C
**

Still Looking

7

 Grand Garage Saint-Didier Paris
(private entrant)

 Henri Stoffel
 Lucien Desvaux

Chrysler Six 70

Chrysler 3.3L S6

117

7

Still Looking

23

 Établissements Automobiles
Rolland et Pilain SA

 Jean de Marguenat
 Louis Sire

Rolland-Pilain C23 Super Sport

Rolland-Pilain 1997cc S4

117

8

Still Looking

41

 Société Française des
Automobiles Corre

 Louis Balart
 Robert Doutrebente

Corre La Licorne V16 10CV Sport

SCAP 1493cc S4

111

N/C
**

Still Looking

14

 Societa Anonima
Autocostruzioni Diatto

 Giorgio Rubbietti
 Tulio Vesprini

Diatto Tipo 35

Diatto 3.0L S4

111

9

Still Looking

42

 Société Française des
Automobiles Corre

 Waldemar Lestienne
 Robert Lestienne

Corre La Licorne V16 10CV Sport

SCAP 1493cc S4

109

10

Still Looking

50

 Chenard-Walcker SA

 Raymond Glaszmann
 Manso de Zúñiga

Chenard-Walcker Z1 Spéciale

Chenard-Walcker 1095cc S4

109

11

Still Looking

21

 Societa Anonima
Autocostruzioni Diatto

 Edmond Garcia
 Mario Botta

Diatto Tipo 30

Diatto 1998cc S4

109

12

Still Looking

33

 Établissements Industriels
Jacques Bignan

 Henri Springuel
 Pierre Clause

Bignan 2 Litre Sport

Bignan 1979cc S4

109

13

Still Looking

49

 Chenard-Walcker SA

 Robert Sénéchal
 Albéric Loqueheux

Chenard-Walcker Z1 Spéciale

Chenard-Walcker 1095cc S4

105

14

Still Looking

39

 Établissements Henri Precloux

 Jean d'Aulan
 René Dély

EHP Type DT Spéciale

CIME 1496cc S4

104

N/C
**

Still Looking

18

 Automobiles Ravel SA

 Eugene van den Bossche
 Abel Smeets

Ravel Type A Sport [12CV]

Ravel 2.5L I4

104

15

Still Looking

35

 Automobiles Gendron
& Cie

 Marcel Michelot
 Adrien Drancé

GM GC2 Sport

CIME 1496cc S4

101

N/C
**

Still Looking

22

 Établissements Automobiles
Rolland et Pilain SA

 Gaston Delalande
 Paul Chalamel

Rolland-Pilain C23 Super Sport

Rolland-Pilain 1997cc S4

99

16

Still Looking

44

 Société des Applications à
Refroidissements par Air

 Lucien Erb
 Gaston Mottet

SARA ATS [7CV]

SARA 1099cc S4

94

DNF

Still Looking

13

 Societa Anonima
Autocostruzioni Diatto

 François Lecot
 Eugène Renaud

Diatto Tipo 35

Diatto 3.0L S4

109

DNF

Still Looking

36

 Automobiles Talbot-Darracq

 Edmond Bourlier
 Jules Moriceau

Talbot-Darracq Type C

Talbot 1496cc S4

98

DNF

Still Looking

2

 Chenard-Walcker SA

 André Lagache
 René Léonard

Chenard-Walcker Type U 22CV Sport

Chenard-Walcker 3.9L S8

90 [B]

DNF

Still Looking

28

 Officine Meccaniche

 Ferdinando ‘Nando’ Minoia
 Vincenzo Coffani

OM Tipo 665S Superba

OM 1991cc S6

81

DSQ

Still Looking

37

 Automobiles Talbot-Darracq

 Paul Le Duc
 Alphonse Auclair

Talbot-Darracq Type C

Talbot 1496cc S4

73

DSQ

Still Looking

24

 Établissements Automobiles
Rolland et Pilain SA

 Pierre Salles
 . Stremler

Rolland-Pilain C23 Super Sport

Rolland-Pilain 1997cc S4

70

DNF

Still Looking

32

 Établissements Industriels
Jacques Bignan

 Jean Martin
 Jean Matthys

Bignan 2 Litre Sport

Bignan 1979cc S4

65

DNF

1924 Bentley 3 Litre (example)

9

 Capt J. Duff
(private entrant)

 Capt John Duff
 Frank Clement

Bentley 3 Litre Sport

Bentley 3.3L S4

64

DSQ

Still Looking

47

 Automobiles
Doriot-Flandrin-Parant SA

 Jacques Millies
 . Lachanay

DFP Type VA

CIME 1099cc S4

60

DSQ

Still Looking

17

 Établissements Charles Montier
et Cie

 Charles Montier
 Albert Ouriou

Ford-Montier Spéciale

Ford 2.9L S4

54

DNF

Still Looking

40

 Société Française des
Automobiles Corre

 Albert Colomb
 . Vallay

Corre La Licorne V16 10CV Sport

SCAP 1493cc S4

51

DNF

Still Looking

12

 Société des Automobile
Ariès

 Louis Rigal
 Roger Delano

Ariès Type S GP2

Ariès 3.0L S4

42

DNF

Still Looking

20

 Societa Anonima
Autocostruzioni Diatto

 Louis Dollé
 Albert Giraud

Diatto Tipo 30

Diatto 1998cc S4

41

DNF

Still Looking

38

 Établissements Henri Precloux

 Marcel Benoist
 Michel Doré

EHP Type DT Spéciale

CIME 1496cc S4

41

DNF

Still Looking

45

 Société des Applications à
Refroidissements par Air

 Jules de Ségovia
 Gaston Duval

SARA BDE

SARA 1099cc S4

40

DNF

Still Looking

34

 Automobiles Gendron
& Cie

 Marcel Gendron
 Lucien Bossoutrot

GM GC2 Sport

CIME 1496cc S4

36

DNF

Still Looking

53

 Société des Automobile
Ariès

 Joseph Paul
 Louis François

Ariès CC2

Ariès 1086cc S4

35

DNF

Still Looking

6

 Societe Lorraine De Dietrich
et Cie

 Robert Bloch
 Léon Saint-Paul

Lorraine-Dietrich B3-6 Sport

Lorraine-Dietrich 3.5L S6

33

DNF

Still Looking

15

 Sunbeam Motor Co

 Henry Segrave
 George Duller

Sunbeam 3 Litre Super Sports

Sunbeam 2.9L S6

32

DNF

Still Looking

46

 Automobiles
Doriot-Flandrin-Parant SA

 André Colas
 . Moraine

DFP Type VA

CIME 1099cc S4

31

DNF

Still Looking

1

 Société de Construction de
Voitures Sizaire-Berwick

 Émile Dupont
 . 'de Franconi'

Sizaire-Berwick 25/50CV

Sizaire-Berwick 4.5L S4

23

DNF

1924 Bentley 3 Litre (example)

10

 Bentley Motors Ltd

 Bertie Kensington-Moir
 Dr Dudley Benjafield

Bentley 3 Litre Sport

Bentley 3.3L S4

19

DNF

Still Looking

48

 Automobiles
Doriot-Flandrin-Parant SA

 Jean Porporato
 Marcel Collet

DFP Type VA

CIME 1099cc S4

19

DNF

Still Looking

51

 Société Nouvelle de
l'Automobile Amilcar

 André Morel
 Marius Mestivier

Amilcar CGS

Amilcar 1089cc S4

17

DNF

Still Looking

43

 Société des Applications à
Refroidissements par Air

 André Marandet
 Gonzaque Lécureul

SARA BDE

SARA 1099cc S4

15

DNF

Still Looking

52

 Automobiles Majola

 Jean Majola
 Fernand Casellini

Majola Type F

Majola 1088cc S4

14

DNF

Still Looking

54

 Société des Automobile
Ariès

 Fernand Gabriel
 Henri Lapierre

Ariès CC2

Ariès 1086cc S4

11

DNF

1929 Austin 7 Deluxe Saloon (example)

55

 E. Gordon-England
(private entrant)

 Eric Gordon England
 Sir Francis Samuelson

Austin 7

Austin 748cc S4

9

DNF

Still Looking

3

 Chenard-Walcker SA

 André Pisart
 Jacques Ledure

Chenard-Walcker Type U 22CV Sport

Chenard-Walcker 3.9L S8

6

 


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