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24 Hours of Le Mans: 1937

Last Edit: 01/08/2020

 

The 1937 24 Hours of Le Mans was the 14th Grand Prix of Endurance, and took place on 19 and 20 June 1937.

This race was marred by a massive 6-car accident at Maison Blanche which claimed the lives of 2 drivers. On the eighth lap of the race, the inexperienced French amateur driver René Kippeurt lost control of his Bugatti T44 and it rolled several times, coming to rest in the middle of the road. German Fritz Roth, who closely followed, lost control of his BMW 328 #30, went off of the road and somersaulted. Kippeurt's body was thrown clear from his car, and was lying about 100 metres from the wreck. In an attempt to avoid Roth's car, Briton Pat Fairfield crashed into Kippeurt's Bugatti. Fairfield's car was subsequently rammed by the Delahaye 135CS of Jean Trémoulet which in turn was hit by the Talbot T150C driven by an Argentine count who raced under the pseudonym "Raph", and by the Riley TT Sprite of Raoul Forestier. An Adler driven by an unspecified German driver, was also involved in the accident. Kippeurt was killed instantly, Fairfield died in a hospital 2 days later and Trémoulet was injured, as was Raph.

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

1936 Bugatti Type 57G Tank

2

 Roger Labric

 Jean-Pierre Wimille
 Robert Benoist

Bugatti Type 57G Tank

Bugatti 3.3L I8

243

2

Delahaye 135M 6 Cylinder (example)

14

 Joseph Paul

 Joseph Paul
 Marcel Mongin

Delahaye 135CS

Delahaye 3.6L I6

236

3

Delahaye 135M 6 Cylinder (example)

10

 Ecurie Bleue

 René Dreyfus
 Henri Stoffel

Delahaye 135CS

Delahaye 3.6L I6

231

4

Delage D6-70 Coupe Figoni Le Mans (example)

19

 Société R.V.

 Jacques de Valence de Minardiere
 Louis Gérard

Delage D6-70

Delage 3.0L I6

215

5

Aston Martin Ulster (example)

37

 J.M. Skeffington

 J.M. Skeffington
 R.C. Murton-Neale

Aston Martin 1½ Ulster

Aston Martin 1.5L I4

205

6

Still Looking

33

 Adler

 Peter Graff Orssich
 Rudolf Sauerwein

Adler Super Trumpf Rennlimousine

Adler 1.7L I4

205

7

Peugeot 402 Darl'Mat Roadster (example)

26

 Émile Darl'mat

 Jean Pujol
 Marcel Contet

Darl'mat DS

Peugeot 2.0L I4

203

8

Peugeot 402 Darl'Mat Roadster (example)

25

 Émile Darl'mat

 Charles de Cortanze
 Maurice Serre

Darl'mat DS

Peugeot 2.0L I4

203

9

Still Looking

34

 Adler

 Otto Löhr
 Paul von Guilleaume

Adler Super Trumpf Rennlimousine

Adler 1.7L I4

202

10

Peugeot 402 Darl'Mat Roadster (example)

27

 Émile Darl'mat

 Daniel Porthault
 Louis Rigal

Darl'mat DS

Peugeot 2.0L I4

197

11

Aston Martin 2 Litre (example)

31

 C.T. Thomas

 Mortimer Morris-Goodall
 Robert P. Hichens

Aston Martin Speed Model

Aston Martin 2.0L I4

193

12

1936 Simca 5 (example)

48

 Just-Emile Vernet

 Just-Emile Vernet
 Suzanne Largeot

Simca-Fiat 6CV

Fiat 1.0L I4

171

13

HRG 1.5 Litre Roadster (example)

36

 A.C. Scott

 Archie Scott
 Ted Halford

HRG 1500 Le Mans

Meadows 1.5L I4

163

14

Still Looking

42

 M.K.H. Bilney

 M.K.H. Bilney
 Joan Richmond

Ford Ten GB

Ford 1.1L I4

161

15

Still Looking

49

 H. Lesbros

 Dimitri Calaraseano
 H. Lesbros

Adler Trumpf Junior

Adler 1.0L I4

160

16

MG PA Midget (example)

54

 Capt. G.E.T. Eyston

 Dorothy Stanley-Turner
 Joan Riddell

MG PB Midget

MG 0.9L I4

154

17

1936 Simca 5 (example)

59

 Gordini

 Jean Viale
 Albert Alin

Simca-Fiat Cinq

Fiat 0.6L I4

145

DNF

Still Looking

41

 Yves Giraud-Cabantous

 Yves Giraud-Cabantous
 Charles Rigoulot

Chenard et Walcker

Chenard et Walcker 1.1L I4

151

DNF

Delahaye 135M 6 Cylinder (example)

9

 Louis Villeneuve

 Louis Villeneuve
 André Vagniez

Delahaye 135CS

Delahaye 3.6L I6

147

DNF

Simca 8 Sport Cabrio (example)

46

 Gordini

 Amédée Gordini
 Philippe Maillard-Brune

Simca-Fiat Huit

Fiat 1.1L I4

137

DNF

Aston Martin 2 Litre (example)

32

 Eddie Hertzberger

 Eddie Hertzberger
 Albert Debille

Aston Martin Speed Model

Aston Martin 2.0L I4

136

DNF

1936 Bugatti Type 57G Tank

1

 Roger Labric

 Roger Labric
 Pierre Veyron

Bugatti Type 57G Tank

Bugatti 3.3L I8

130

DNF

Singer Nine Le Mans (example)

50

 R.H. Eccles

 Mrs. Marjorie Eccles
 Freddie de Clifford

Singer Nine Le Mans Replica

Singer 1.0L I4

121

DNF

Delahaye 135M 6 Cylinder (example)

8

 André Parguel

 André Parguel
 Robert Brunet

Delahaye 135CS

Delahaye 3.6L I6

100

DNF

Bugatti Type 57 Roadster (example)

18

 Raymond de Saugé Destrez

 Raymond de Saugé Destrez
 Genaro Léoz Abad

Bugatti Type 57S

Bugatti 3.3L I8

99

DNF

Singer Nine Le Mans (example)

53

 Jacques Savoye

 Jacques Savoye
 Pierre Pichard

Singer Nine Le Mans Replica "Savoye Special"

Singer 1.0L I4

93

DNF

Singer Nine Le Mans (example)

52

 Team Autosports

 G.H. Boughton
 F.H. Lye

Singer Nine Le Mans Replica

Singer 1.0L I4

91

DNF

1936 Simca 5(example)

58

 Gordini

 Adrien Alin
 Athos Querzola

Simca-Fiat Cinq

Fiat 0.6L I4

77

DNF

 Austin 7 (example)

57

 Austin

 Charles Dodson
 Bert Hadley

Austin 7

Austin 0.7L I4

74

DNF

Austin 7 (example)

55

 R. Marsh

 Kay Petre
 G. Mangan

Austin 7

Austin 0.7L I4

72

DNF

Singer Nine Le Mans (example)

51

 Team Autosports

 Norman Black
 John Donald Barnes

Singer Nine Le Mans Replica

Singer 1.0L I4

72

DNF

Simca 8 Sport Cabrio (example)

45

 Gordini

 Jacques Blot
 Henri Ferrand

Simca-Fiat Huit

Fiat 1.1L I4

55

DNF

Frazer-Nash BMW Sports (example)

29

 Frazer Nash

 Harold John Aldington
 A.F.P. Fane

Frazer Nash-BMW 328

BMW 2.0L I6

43

DNF

Still Looking

35

 Mme Anne-Cécile Rose-Itier

 Anne-Cécile Rose-Itier
 Fritz Huschke von Hanstein

Adler Trumpf Rennlimousine

Adler 1.5L I4

40

DNF

Delahaye 135M 6 Cylinder (example)

15

 Jacques Seylair

 Jacques Seylair
 Paul Bénazet

Delahaye 135CS

Delahaye 3.6L I6

36

DNF

Austin 7 (example)

56

 John Carr

 Charles Goodacre
 Dennis Buckley

Austin 7

Austin 0.7L I4

32

DNF

Still Looking

40

 Yves Giraud-Cabantous

 Charles Cotet
 Charles Roux

Chenard et Walcker

Chenard et Walcker 1.8L Supercharged I4

32

DNF

Lagonda Drophead Coupe (example)

3

 Arthur W. Fox

 Johnny Hindmarsh
 Charles Brackenbury

Lagonda LG45

Meadows 4.5L I6

30

DNF

Riley Sprite (example)

39

 Ecurie Eudel

 Jean Trévoux
 Guy Lapchin

Riley Sprite TT

Riley 1.5L I4

11

DNF

Alfa Romeo 8C 2900 (example)

4

 Raymond Sommer

 Raymond Sommer
 Giovanni Battista Guidotti

Alfa Romeo 8C 2900A Spider

Alfa Romeo 2.9L Supercharged I8

11

DNF

Delahaye 135M 6 Cylinder (example)

12

 Eugéne Chaboud

 Eugéne Chaboud
 Jean Trémoulet

Delahaye 135CS

Delahaye 3.6L I6

9

DNF

Still Looking

7

 André M. Embiricos

 Nicholas S. Embiricos
 Raphaël Béthenod de las Casas

Talbot T150C

Talbot 4.0L I6

9

DNF

Riley Sprite (example)

38

 Ecurie Eudel

 Raoul Forestier
 Roger Caron

Riley Sprite TT

Riley 1.5L I4

8

DNF

BMW 328 Sports (example)

30

 BMW

 Fritz Roth
 Uli Richter

BMW 328

BMW 2.0L I6

8

DNF

Frazer-Nash BMW Sports (example)

28

 David Murray

 David Murray
 Pat Fairfield

Frazer Nash-BMW 328

BMW 2.0L I6

8

DNF

1928 Bugatti T44 (example)

20

 René Kippeurt

 René Kippeurt
 René Poulain

Bugatti Type 44

Bugatti 3.0L I8

8

DNF

Still Looking

21

 Luigi Chinetti

 Luigi Chinetti
 Louis Chiron

Talbot T150C

Talbot 4.0L I6

7

DNF

1936 Simca 5(example)

44

 Gordini

 Marino Zanardi
 Angelo Molinari

Simca-Fiat 508 S Ballila

Fiat 1.0L I4

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