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24 Hours of Le Mans: 1932

Last Edit: 27/07/2020

 

The 1932 24 Hours of Le Mans was the 10th Grand Prix of Endurance that took place at the Circuit de la Sarthe on 18 and 19 June 1932. A significant year for the Automobile Club de l'Ouest (ACO) with the biggest changes to the circuit in the race's history. A new section bypassing Pontlieue suburb was built starting with a long right turn after the pits, going over a hill then down to the Esses, a left-right combination, before rejoining the Hunaudières straight at the new right-hand corner of Tertre Rouge. This shortened the track by almost 3 km down to 13.491 km (8.383 mi). The new track set the basis for the iconic layout and has remained essentially the same ever since aside from periodic deviations added to improve safety and surfacing. New viewing and camping areas on the ACO land increased the official capacity to around 60000 spectators. which also saw the start of an extensive new public entertainment “village”. There were also two footbridges built over the new section to allow pedestrian access to the infield (originally sponsored by Champion Sparkplugs)

In a watershed year for the Automobile Club de l'Ouest (ACO) there were a number of major changes happening all at once. It saw the end, after nine years, of the partnership with founding-sponsor Rudge-Whitworth, as money problems drastically affected the British wheel-parts company. The Cup was thus renamed the Biennial Cup of the Automobile Club de l'Ouest

Recognising the current trend to put bigger engines in popular runabout models, the 2-seater eligibility was extended from 1.0 up to include 1.5-litre cars as well. The ACO also removed the longstanding requirement for each car to carry ballast representing passengers was finally rescinded, greatly reducing the cars weight (180 kg for cars over 3-litres for example) and improving handling performance. The equivalence formula for supercharged engine capacity was adjusted slightly from 130% to 133%.

Given the tribulations that many teams had the previous year with tyre wear, to encourage tyre development, the ACO mandated that each car could only use seven new tyres in the race, including the four it started on The committee also awarded the fuel-supply contract to Société l’Économique, French agent for Esso/Standard Motor Oil. This was with a view to alternating the contract each year between them and Shell.

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

1931 Alfa Romeo 8c

8

 R. Sommer
(private entrant)

 Raymond Sommer
 Luigi Chinetti

Alfa Romeo 8C-2300 MM

Alfa Romeo 2.34L S8
supercharged

218

2

1931 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Monza (example)

11

 S.A. Alfa Romeo

 Franco Cortese
 Giovanni Battista Guidotti

Alfa Romeo 8C-2300 LM

Alfa Romeo 2.34L S8
supercharged

216

3

Still Looking

6

 Arthur W. Fox

 Brian Lewis, Baron Essendon
 Tim Rose-Richards

Talbot AV105

Talbot 3.0L S6

180

4

1930 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 GS (example)

18

 O. Siko
(private entrant)

 Odette Siko
 "Sabipa" (Louis Charavel)

Alfa Romeo 6C-1750 SS

Alfa Romeo 1746cc S8
supercharged

179

5

1934 Aston Martin Mark II (example)

20

 Aston Martin Ltd

 Sammy Newsome
 Henken Widengren

Aston Martin 1½ Le Mans

Aston Martin 1495cc S4

174

6

Still Looking

23

 J. Sébilleau
(private entrant)

 Jean Sébilleau
 Georges Delaroche

Bugatti Type 37

Bugatti 1496cc S4

172

7

1934 Aston Martin Mark II (example)

21

 Aston Martin Ltd.

 Augustus "Bert" Bertelli
 Pat Driscoll

Aston Martin 1½ Le Mans

Aston Martin 1495cc S4

168

8

Still Looking

29

 Équipe de l'Ours

 Clément-Auguste Martin
 Auguste Bodoignet

Amilcar CO Spéciale Martin

Amilcar 1092cc S6

151

9

Still Looking

26

 Roger Labric

 Roger Labric
 Yves Giraud-Cabantous

Caban Spéciale

Ruby 1098cc S4

146

DNF

Still Looking

16

 S. Czaykowski
(private entrant)

 Count Stanisław Czaykowski
 Ernest Friderich

Bugatti Type 40/55

Bugatti 2.26L S8
supercharged

180

DNF

Still Looking

28

 J.-É. Vernet
(private entrant)

 Just-Émile Vernet
 Fernand Vallon

Salmson GS Spéciale

Salmson 1092cc S4

111

DNF

Alfa Romeo 8C

9

 Earl Howe
(private entrant)

 Francis Curzon, Earl Howe
 Sir Henry Birkin

Alfa Romeo 8C-2300 LM

Alfa Romeo 2.34L S8
supercharged

110

DNF

Still Looking

24

 C. Druck
(private entrant)

 Charles Druck
 Lucien Virlouvet

Bugatti Type 40

Bugatti 1496cc S4
supercharged

98

DNF

MG Midget (example)

32

 F. Samuelson
(private entrant)

 Sir Francis Samuelson
 Norman Black

MG C-type Midget

MG 746cc S4

57

DNF

1934 Aston Martin Mark II (example)

22

 Aston Martin Ltd.

 Kenneth Peacock
 Jack Bezzant

Aston Martin 1½ Le Mans

Aston Martin 1495cc S4

53

DNF

1931 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Monza (example)

12

 P.-L. Dreyfus
(private entrant)

 Pierre-Louis Dreyfus
 Antoine Schumann

Alfa Romeo 8C-2300 LM

Alfa Romeo 2.34L S8
supercharged

25

DNF

Still Looking

15

 G. Bouriat
(private entrant)

 Guy Bouriat
 Louis Chiron

Bugatti Type 40/55

Bugatti 2.26L S8
supercharged

23

DNF

1931 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Monza (example)

10

 S.A. Alfa Romeo

 Ferdinando Minoia
 Carlo Canavesi

Alfa Romeo 8C-2300 LM

Alfa Romeo 2.34L S8
supercharged

22

DNF

1930 Mercedes-Benz SSK (example)

1

 H. Stoffel
(private entrant)

 Marcel Foucret
 Paul Foucret

Mercedes-Benz SSK

Mercedes-Benz 7.1L S6
supercharged

22

DNF

1928 Stutz Black Hawk Boattail Speedster (example)

3

 É. Brisson
(private entrant)

 Édouard Brisson
 Joseph Cattaneo

Stutz Model M Blackhawk

Stutz 5.3L S8

19

DNF

1931 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Monza (example)

14

 Prince Dimitri
Djordjadze (private entrant)

 Attilio Marinoni
 Angelo Guatta

Alfa Romeo 8C-2300 MM

Alfa Romeo 2.34L S8
supercharged

14

DNF

Still Looking

27

 Roger Labric

 Gustave Duverne
 Georges Boréal

BNC Type 527 Sport

Ruby 1093cc S4

9

DNF

Still Looking

30

 J.L. Ford
(private entrant)

 John Ludovic Ford
 Maurice Baumer

Alta Sports

Alta 1074cc S4

6

DNF

Still Looking

25

 J. Danne
(private entrant)

 Jean Danne
 Jacques Gergaud

Rally NCP

Salmson 1362cc S4

6

DNF

1928 Citroen C4 Torpedo Commericiale (example)

19

 H. de la Sayette
(private entrant)

 Henri de la Sayette
 Charles Wolf

Citroën Type C4 Spéciale

Citroën 1539cc S4

3

DNF

Bentley 4.5 Litre Blower (example)

5

 J. Trévoux
(private entrant)

 Jean Trévoux
 "Mary" (Jean-Marie Brussin)

Bentley 4½ "Blower"

Bentley 4.4L S6
supercharged

1

 


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