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24 Hours of Le Mans: 1929

Last Edit: 26/07/2020

 

The 1929 24 Hours of Le Mans was the 7th Grand Prix of Endurance that took place at the Circuit de la Sarthe on 15 and 16 June 1929.

In the most dominant display in the race to date, Bentley achieved a comprehensive victory taking the first four places on distance. Bentley director Woolf Barnato repeated his victory of the previous year, co-driven this time by fellow Bentley Boy Sir Henry “Tim” Birkin. They had led from start to finish, setting a new distance record and lap record.

The international regulations remained unchanged. However, for its part, the Automobile Club de l'Ouest (ACO) decreed that 2-seater cars could now be no bigger than 1000cc (either supercharged or not) and the 3-seat dispensation for 1500cc cars was removed after two years. This year Shell petrol was the official fuel for all cars.

Residents of southern Le Mans city were successful in petitioning the council. A new by-pass road, the Rue de Circuit, was built 600 metres ahead of the Pontlieue hairpin at the edge of the city. It reduced the track length by 922 metres from 17.362 km (10.788 mi) to 16.340 km (10.153 mi). The road surface experiments continued on the track. The left-hand turn approaching Arnage was partially re-surfaced with bricks and named Indianapolis, after the famous American “Brickyard”. A new spectator area was opened between the two corners. Also, many roadside trees had their trunks painted white for visibility and all the corners were signposted. The media centre was also enlarged to include six phone booths and a telegraph table

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 Speed Six

1

 Bentley Motors Ltd

 Woolf Barnato
 Sir Henry “Tim” Birkin

Bentley Speed Six

Bentley 6.6L S6

174

2

Bentley 4.5 Litre (example)

9

 Bentley Motors Ltd

 Glen Kidston
 Jack Dunfee

Bentley 4½ Litre

Bentley 4.4L S4

167

3

Bentley 4.5 Litre (example)

10

 Bentley Motors Ltd

 Dr Dudley Benjafield
 Baron André d'Erlanger

Bentley 4½ Litre

Bentley 4.4L S4

159

4

Bentley 4.5 Litre (example)

8

 Bentley Motors Ltd

 Frank Clement
 Jean Chassagne

Bentley 4½ Litre

Bentley 4.4L S4

157

5

1928 Stutz Black Hawk Boattail Speedster (example)

5

 Automobiles Elite Paris

 Guy Bouriat
 Philippe de Rothschild

Stutz Model M Blackhawk

Stutz 5.3L S8
supercharged

153

6

Still Looking

14

 Grand Garage Saint-Didier Paris

 Robert Benoist
 Henri Stoffel

Chrysler Six 75

Chrysler 4.1L S6

152

7

Still Looking

12

 Grand Garage Saint-Didier Paris

 Cyril de Vere
 Marcel Mongin

Chrysler Six 77

Chrysler 4.1L S6

149

8

Still Looking

21

 K.S. Peacock
(private entrant)

 Kenneth Peacock
 Sammy Newsome

Lea-Francis S-Type Hyper

Meadows 1495cc S4
supercharged

136

9

Still Looking

26

 SA des Automobiles Tracta

 Louis Balart
 Louis Debeugny

Tracta Type A

S.C.A.P. 985cc S4
supercharged

128

10

Still Looking

27

 SA des Automobiles Tracta

 Jean-Albert Grégoire
 Fernand Vallon

Tracta Type A

S.C.A.P. 985cc S4
supercharged

126

DNF

1928 Stutz Black Hawk Boattail Speedster (example)

6

 Col Warwick Wright
(private entrant)

 Capt George Eyston
 Dick Watney

Stutz Model M Blackhawk

Stutz 5.3L S8
supercharged

104

DNF

Still Looking

20

 Bollack, Netter et Cie

 Lucien Desvaux
 Auguste Garalp

B.N.C. Acacias

Meadows 1496cc S4
supercharged

88

DNF

Invicta 4.5 Litre (example)

7

 C.W. Fiennes
(private entrant)

 Maj Cecil Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes
 Arthur Owen Saunders-Davies

Invicta LC 4½ Litre

Meadows 4.5L S6

78

DNF

Still Looking

19

 Société des Applications à
Refroidissements par Air

 W.R. Hutchinson
 R.F. Turner

S.A.R.A. SP7

S.A.R.A. 1806cc S6

73

DNF

Still Looking

25

 SA des Automobiles Tracta

 Maurice Benoist
 Lucien Lemesle

Tracta Type A

S.C.A.P. 993cc S4
supercharged

70

DNF

1928 Stutz Black Hawk Boattail Speedster (example)

4

 Société de Carrosserie
Weymann

 Édouard Brisson
 Louis Chiron

Stutz Model M Blackhawk

Stutz 5.3L S8
supercharged

65

DNF

Still Looking

24

 SA des Automobiles Tracta

 Roger Bourcier
 . Tribaudot

Tracta Spéciale

Cozette 999cc S4
(2-Stroke) supercharged

43

DNF

Still Looking

16

 Fox & Nicholl / PERR

 Tim Rose-Richards
 Brian Lewis, Baron Essendon

Lagonda 2 Litre Speed

Lagonda 1954cc S4

29

DNF

Still Looking

29

 Bollack, Netter et Cie

 Jean Lajeune
 Maurice Faure

B.N.C. Type 527

Ruby 995cc S4

24

DNF

Still Looking

18

 Société des Applications à
Refroidissements par Air

 Gaston Mottet
 Douglas Hawkes

S.A.R.A. SP7

S.A.R.A. 1806cc S6

22

DNF

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

22

 Alvis Car and Engineering Co

 Cyril Paul
 Bill Urquhart-Dykes

Alvis FA8/15

Alvis 1484cc S4
supercharged

21

DNF

Still Looking

2

 Du Pont Motor Co.

 Charles Moran Jr.
 Alfredo Miranda Jr

Du Pont Model G Speedster

Continental 5.3L S8

20

DNF

Still Looking

30

 Bollack, Netter et Cie

 Michel Doré
 Jean Treunet

B.N.C. Type 527

Ruby 995cc S4

15

DNF

Still Looking

31

 Cyclecars D’Yrsan

 . Trillaud
 Henri Lachner

D’Yrsan Grand Sport

Ruby 749cc S4

9

DNF

Bentley 4.5 Litre (example)

11

 Bentley Motors Ltd

 Bernard Rubin
 Francis Curzon, Earl Howe

Bentley 4½ Litre

Bentley 4.4L S4

7

 

 


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