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24 Hours of Le Mans: 1928

Last Edit: 26/07/2020

 

The 1928 24 Hours of Le Mans was the 6th Grand Prix of Endurance that took place at the Circuit de la Sarthe on 16 and 17 June 1928.

Bentley director Woolf Barnato and Australian-born Bernard Rubin in a Bentley 4½ Litre gave the company back-to-back victories after a race-long duel with the Stutz of Édouard Brisson and Robert Bloch. In the process they won the inaugural prize for overall distance.

The CSI (Commission Sportive Internationale - the AIACR’s regulatory body) had issued new racing regulations. The Appendix C linked minimum dry-weights (i.e. without liquids, tyres and tools) to engine capacity. In lieu of getting the entrants to drain their cars at scrutineering, the Automobile Club de l'Ouest (ACO) decreed that 15kg would cover the weight of fluids on cars over 3-litres and 10kg for those under. The required ‘passenger-ballast’ rule of 60kg per extra seat, after the driver's, was maintained and additional to those minimum weights.

But the main innovation from the ACO this year was the introduction of the Coupe à la Distance for the car that travelled the furthest over the twenty-four hours. Supercharged engines were now allowed (but not into the final round of the 1927-28 Biennial Cup), with their effective capacity regarded as 1.3 times their swept volume. The driving hood test, when cars had to run the first twenty laps with their hoods up, was discarded. However, all convertibles were still required to have a hood fitted, though stowed.

The track re-surfacing was completed along its whole length and reflectors were put on the corners for better awareness at night. Roadside picket fencing was put up at all the spectator access areas and the public address system now also covered all those areas.

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

Bentley 4.5 Litre

4

 Bentley Motors Ltd

 Woolf Barnato
 Bernard Rubin

Bentley 4½ Litre

Bentley 4.4L S4

155

2

1928 Stutz Black Hawk Boattail Speedster (example)

1

 Société de Carrosserie Weymann

 Robert Bloch
 Édouard Brisson

Stutz Model BB Blackhawk

Stutz 4.9L S8

154

3

Still Looking

8

 Grand Garage Saint-Didier Paris

 André Rossignol
 Henri Stoffel

Chrysler Six 72

Chrysler 4.1L S6

144

4

Still Looking

7

 Grand Garage Saint-Didier Paris

 Ionel Ghica-Cantacuzino
 Gheorghe Ghica-Cantacuzino

Chrysler Six 72

Chrysler 4.1L S6

140

5

Bentley 4.5 Litre (example)

3

 Bentley Motors Ltd

 Sir Henry “Tim” Birkin
 Jean Chassagne

Bentley 4½ Litre

Bentley 4.4L S4

135

6

1926 Alvis 12/50 Cross & Ellis Sports Tourer (example)

27

 Alvis Car and Engineering Company

 Maj Maurice Harvey
 Harold Purdy

Alvis FA12/50

Alvis 1482cc S4

132

7

Still Looking

32

 Bollack Netter et Cie

 Michel Doré
 Jean Treunet

BNC Type H Monza

Ruby 1099cc S4

132

8

Still Looking

12

 Itala SA Fabbrica Automobili

 Robert Benoist
 Christian Dauvergne

Itala Tipo 65 S

Itala 1991cc S6

131

9

1926 Alvis 12/50 Cross & Ellis Sports Tourer (example)

28

 Alvis Car and Engineering Company

 Sammy Davis
 Bill Urquhart-Dykes

Alvis FA12/50

Alvis 1482cc S4

130

10

Still Looking

35

 Société des Moteurs Salmson

 Georges Casse
 André Rousseau

Salmson Grand Sport

Salmson 1095cc S4

128

11

Still Looking

16

 Lagonda Motor Co.

 Baron André d'Erlanger
 Douglas Hawkes

Lagonda 2 Litre Speed Model

Lagonda 1954cc S4

126

12

Still Looking

29

 SA des Automobiles Tracta

 Louis Balart
 Maurice Benoist

Tracta Type A

S.C.A.P. 1481cc S4

119

13

Still Looking

37

 Automobiles Lombard SA

 Lucien Desvaux
 Pierre Goutte

Lombard AL3 Grand Air Sport

Lombard 1093cc S4

117

14

Still Looking

36

 Établissements Henri Précloux

 Guy Bouriat
 Pierre Bussienne

E.H.P. Type DU

CIME 1094cc S6

116

15

Still Looking

19

 Société des Applications à
Refroidissements par Air

 Gaston Duval
 Gaston Mottet

S.A.R.A. SP7

S.A.R.A. 1806cc S6

115

16

Still Looking

31

 SA des Automobiles Tracta

 Roger Bourcier
 Hector Vasena

Tracta Gephi

S.C.A.P. 1099cc S4

110

17

Still Looking

42

 SA des Automobiles Tracta

 Jean-Albert Grégoire
 Fernand Vallon

Tracta Type A

S.C.A.P. 1085cc S4

108

DNF

Still Looking

24

 Société des Construction
Automobile Parisienne

 Henri Guilbert
 André Lefèbvre

S.C.A.P. Type O

SCAP 1495cc S8

95

DNF

Still Looking

39

 Société des Construction
Automobile Parisienne

 Lucien Lemesle
 Henry Godard

S.C.A.P. Type M

SCAP 1087cc S4

91

DNF

1931 Aston Martin 1500 (example)

26

 Aston Martin Ltd

 Jack Besant
 Cyril Paul

Aston Martin International

Aston Martin 1495cc S4

82

DNF

Bentley 4.5 Litre (example)

2

 Bentley Motors Ltd

 Frank Clement
 Dr Dudley Benjafield

Bentley 4½ Litre

Bentley 4.4L S4

71

DSQ

Still Looking

5

 Grand Garage Saint-Didier Paris

 Louis Chiron
 Cyril de Vere

Chrysler Six 72

Chrysler 4.1L S6

66

DNF

Still Looking

41

 Société des Automobile Ariès

 Fernand Gabriel
 Louis Paris

Ariès CC4

Ariès 1083cc S4

51

DNF

Still Looking

14

 Itala SA Fabbrica Automobili

 “Sabipa” (Louis Charavel)
 “Christian”

Itala Tipo 65 S

Itala 1991cc S6

50

DSQ

Still Looking

21

 Automobiles Luart-Poniatowski-
Hougardy Ingenieurs

 Henri De Costier
 Sosthene de la Rochefoucauld

Alphi LM

CIME 1496cc S6

45

DNF

1931 Aston Martin 1500 (example)

25

 Aston Martin Ltd

 George Eyston
 Augustus ‘Bert’ Bertelli

Aston Martin International

Aston Martin 1495cc S4

32

DSQ

Still Looking

30

 Société des Moteurs Salmson

 Jean Hasley
 Albert Perrot

Salmson Grand Sport

Salmson 1095cc
Supercharged S4

30

DSQ

Still Looking

20

 Société des Applications à
Refroidissements par Air

 Émile Maret
 Gonzaque Lécureul

S.A.R.A. SP7

S.A.R.A. 1806cc S6

25

DNF

Still Looking

18

 Lagonda Motor Co.

 Capt Clive Gallop
 Maj E.J. Hayes

Lagonda 2 Litre Speed Model

Lagonda 1954cc S4

23

DNF

Still Looking

40

 Société des Automobile Ariès

 Arthur Duray
 Roger Delano

Ariès CC4

Ariès 1083cc S4

22

DNF

Still Looking

15

 Lagonda Motor Co.

 Capt Francis Samuelson
 Frank King

Lagonda 2 Litre Speed Model

Lagonda 1954cc S4

13

DNF

Still Looking

6

 Grand Garage Saint-Didier Paris

 Jacques Ledure
 Conte Goffredo ‘Freddie’ Zehender

Chrysler Six 72

Chrysler 4.1L S6

5

DNF

Still Looking

9

 Société des Automobile Ariès

 Robert Laly
 Louis Rigal

Ariès Type S GP2 Surbaisée

Ariès 3.0L S4

3

 


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