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24 Hours of Le Mans: 1930

Last Edit: 26/07/2020

 

The 1930 24 Hours of Le Mans was the 8th Grand Prix of Endurance that took place at the Circuit de la Sarthe on 21 and 22 June 1930. It saw the first appearance of a German car and the first entry from female drivers. In the smallest ever field in the Le Mans history there were only 17 starters.

The AIACR (forerunner of the FIA) Appendix C rules stayed in effect. The biggest change this year was the Automobile Club de l'Ouest (ACO) now allowing private entrants as well as “works” entries from the manufacturers. This just acknowledged the existing practice of private owners being entered by the car-company. Five engine-classes were specified, with brackets at 3.0, 2.0, 1.5 and 1-litres. To be eligible, a minimum of thirty vehicles had to have been produced, and the cars had to be “as per sales catalogue”. Many small companies were selling bare chassis upon which an owner would get a coach-builder to put on a body-shelled, so the specifications were still quite broad as long as the car had some basic minimum equipment (mudguards, lights, hood, windscreen etc.).

The Société des Pétroles Jupiter, Shell's French agents, provided three standard fuel options: Gasoline, Benzole and a 70/30 blend of the two. Teams were allowed to add up to 2% by volume of their own additives. As before, all liquids (fuel, oil and water) could only be replenished after every 20 laps (326.8 km (203.1 mi)). Night-time, when headlights had to be used, was defined by the ACO for the race as between 9.30pm and 4am.

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

4

 Bentley Motors Ltd

 Woolf Barnato
 Glen Kidston

Bentley Speed Six

Bentley 6.6L S6

179

2

Bentley Speed Six (example)

2

 Bentley Motors Ltd

 Frank Clement
 Dick Watney

Bentley Speed Six

Bentley 6.6L S6

173

3

Still Looking

15

 Fox & Nicholl

 Brian Lewis, Baron Essendon
 Hugh Eaton

Talbot 90

Talbot 2.3L S6

162

4

Still Looking

16

 Fox & Nicholl

 Tim Rose-Richards
 Johnny Hindmarsh

Talbot 90

Talbot 2.3L S6

160

5

1930 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 GS (example)

23

 Earl Howe
(private entrant)

 Earl Howe
 Leslie Callingham

Alfa Romeo 6C-1750
Super Sport

Alfa Romeo 1752cc S6
supercharged

159

6

Still Looking

24

 Lea-Francis Ltd

 Kenneth Peacock
 Sammy Newsome

Lea-Francis S-Type Hyper

Meadows 1495cc S4
supercharged

140

7

Still Looking

25

 M. Mareuse
(private entrant)

 Marguerite Mareuse
 Odette Siko

Bugatti T40

Bugatti 1496cc S4

132

8

Still Looking

27

 SA des Automobiles Tracta

 Jean-Albert Grégoire
 Fernand Vallon

Tracta Type A

S.C.A.P. 988cc S4

128

9

Still Looking

26

 SA des Automobiles Tracta

 Roger Bourcier
 Louis Debeugny

Tracta Type A

S.C.A.P. 988cc S4

123

DNF

Bentley 4.5 Litre Blower

8

 Hon. Dorothy Paget

 Dr Dudley Benjafield
 Giulio Ramponi

Bentley 4½ Litre 'Blower'

Bentley 4.4L S4
supercharged

144

DNF

Bentley 4.5 Litre Blower (example)

9

 Hon. Dorothy Paget

 Sir Henry “Tim” Birkin
 Jean Chassagne

Bentley 4½ Litre 'Blower'

Bentley 4.4L S4
supercharged

138

DNF

1930 Mercedes-Benz SSK (example)

1

 R. Caracciola
(private entrant)

 Rudolf Caracciola
 Christian Werner

Mercedes-Benz SSK

Mercedes-Benz 7.1L S6
supercharged

85

DNF

MG Midget (example)

28

 Huskinson & Fane Ltd
(private entrant)

 Robert Murton-Neale
 Jack Hicks

MG Midget M

MG 847cc S4

82

DNF

1928 Stutz Black Hawk Boattail Speedster (example)

6

 R. Parke
(private entrant)

 “Georges Philippe”
(Philippe de Rothschild)
 Edmond Bourlier

Stutz Model M Blackhawk

Stutz 5.4L S8

42

DNF

1928 Stutz Black Hawk Boattail Speedster (example)

5

 É. Brisson
(private entrant)

 Édouard Brisson
 Louis Rigal

Stutz Model M Blackhawk

Stutz 5.4L S8

34

DNF

MG Midget (example)

29

 F. Samuelson
(private entrant)

 Sir Francis Samuelson
 Fred Kindell

MG Midget M

MG 847cc S4

28

DNF

Bentley Speed Six (example)

3

 Bentley Motors Ltd

 Sammy Davis
 Clive Dunfee

Bentley Speed Six

Bentley 6.6L S6

21

 

 


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