24 Hours of Le Mans: 1954

 

The 1954 24 Hours of Le Mans was a race for Sports Cars, and took place on 12 and 13 June 1954, at the Circuit de la Sarthe, Le Mans, France. It was also the fourth race of the 1954 World Sportscar Championship. The race was won by José Froilán González and Maurice Trintignant driving a Ferrari 375 Plus.

People viewed this race as a battle between brute force and science (per the July 1954 "Motor Sport" article). In the high technology corner, with its sleek, aerodynamic bodywork was the new 3.4-litre Jaguar D-Type, and in the other corner was Ferrari's formidable 5.0-litre V12 375 Plus. Ranged in between was everyone else. The race was heavily affected by poor weather throughout and was a thriller right to the end, producing the closest finish for the race since 1933: less than 5km (half a lap).

The ACO again extended the replenishment window (last updated in 1952) of fuel, oil and water from 28 to 30 laps (405 km) although brake fluid was now exempted from this restriction for safety reasons. The equivalence multiplier for forced-induction engines (i.e. supercharged) was reduced from x2.0 to x1.4.

On the track, the stretch from the corners at Mulsanne to Arnage was widened to 8 metres (finishing the work starting in 1950) and the Indianapolis corner was given a slightly banked camber.

Also, this was the first year the race would be televised, getting it a far bigger potential audience.

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

1954 Ferrari 375MM

4

 Scuderia Ferrari

 José Froilán González
 Maurice Trintignant

Ferrari 375 Plus

Ferrari 5.0L V12

302

2

Jaguar D Type

14

 Jaguar Cars Ltd.

 Duncan Hamilton
 Tony Rolt

Jaguar D-Type

Jaguar 3.4L S6

301

3

Cunningham C4-RK Coupe

(example)

2

 Briggs Cunningham

 William "Bill" Spear
 Sherwood Johnston

Cunningham C4-R

Chrysler 5.5L V8

283

4

Jaguar C Type

(example)

16

 Ecurie Francorchamps

 Roger Laurent
 Jacques Swaters

Jaguar C-Type

Jaguar 3.4L S6

277

5

Cunningham C4-RK Coupe

(example)

1

 Briggs Cunningham

 Briggs Cunningham
 John Gordon Bennett

Cunningham C4-R

Chrysler 5.5L V8

274

6

Gordini T121

(example)

30

 Equipe Gordini

 Jacques Pollet
 André Guelfi

Gordini T15S

Gordini 2.5L S6

263

7

Bristol 450

(example)

35

 Bristol Aeroplane Company

 Peter Wilson
 Jim Mayers

Bristol 450

Bristol 1979cc S6

260

8

Bristol 450

(example)

33

 Bristol Aeroplane Company

 Tommy Wisdom
 Jack Fairman

Bristol 450

Bristol 1979cc S6

257

9

Bristol 450

34

 Bristol Aeroplane Company

 Mike Keen
 Trevor Line

Bristol 450

Bristol 1979cc S6

255

10

Still Looking

57

 Automobiles Deutsch et Bonnet

 René Bonnet
 Élie Bayol

DB HBR-MC

Panhard 745cc F2

240

11

Frazer Nash Le Mans Coupe

36

 Automobiles Frazer Nash Ltd.

 Maurice Gatsonides
 Marcel Becquart

Frazer Nash Le Mans Coupé

Bristol 1970cc S6

228

12

1955 Porsche 550 Spyder

(example)

39

 Porsche KG

 Johnny Claes
 Pierre Stasse

Porsche 550/4 RS Spyder

Porsche 1497cc F4

228

13

Still Looking

55

 Établissements
Monopole

 Jean Hémard
 Pierre Flahaut

Monopole X84

Panhard 612cc F2

222

14

1955 Porsche 550 Spyder

(example)

47

 Porsche KG

 Zora Arkus-Duntov
 Gonzague Olivier

Porsche 550/4 RS Spyder

Porsche 1089cc F4

216

N/C *

Triumph TR2 Sports

(example)

62
Reserve

 E.B. Wadsworth
(private entrant)

 Edgar Wadsworth
 John Brown

Triumph TR2

Triumph 2.0L I4

214

15

Still Looking

56

 Ecurie Jeudy-Bonnet

 Marc Gignoux
 Louis Cornet

DB HBR-MC

Panhard 745cc F2

213

N/C **

Talbot T26 SS

(example)

11

 G. Grignard
(private entrant)

 Jean Blanc
 Serge Nersessian

Talbot T26 GS Spyder

Talbot 4.6L S6

206

16

Still Looking

59

 Automobiles Panhard et Levassor

 René Cotton
 André Beaulieux

Panhard-Monopole X88

Panhard 612cc F2

195

17

Still Looking

54

 P. Garzynski
(private entrant)

 René Breuil
 Jean Py

BG Le Mans Coupé

Renault 747cc S4

194

DSQ

OSCA MT4

(example)

43

 Automobili O.S.C.A.

 Lance Macklin
 Pierre Leygonie
 James Simpson

O.S.C.A. MT-4

O.S.C.A. 1500cc S4

247

DNF

OSCA MT4

(example)

42

 Automobili O.S.C.A.

 Jacques Péron
 Francesco Giardini

O.S.C.A. MT-4

O.S.C.A. 1490cc S4

243

DNF

Aston Martin DB3S

(example)

8

 Aston Martin Lagonda

 Reg Parnell
 Roy Salvadori

Aston Martin DB3S

Aston Martin 2.9L S6
Supercharged

222

DNF

OSCA MT4

(example)

63
Reserve

 L. Farnaud
(private entrant)

 Lucien Farnaud
 Adolfo Macchieraldo

O.S.C.A. MT-4

O.S.C.A. 1092cc S4

199

DNF

Still Looking

49

 Automobiles VP

 Just-Emile Vernet
 Yves Giraud-Cabantous

VP 166R

Renault 747cc S4

190

DNF

IXO LMC067; Ferrari 375 Plus; 1954 24h Le Mans DNF; Manzon & Rosier; RN5

5

 Scuderia Ferrari

 Robert Manzon
 Louis Rosier

Ferrari 375 Plus

Ferrari 5.0L V12

177

DNF

Still Looking

58

 Automobiles Panhard
et Levassor

 Pierre Chancel
 Robert Chancel

Panhard-Monopole X88

Panhard 612cc F2

157

DNF

1955 Porsche 550 Spyder

(example)

41

 Porsche KG

 Hans Herrmann
 Helmut Polensky

Porsche 550/4 RS Spyder

Porsche 1497cc F4

148

DNF

Aston Martin DB3S Coupe

20

 Aston Martin Lagonda

 "B.Bira" Prince Birabongse Bhanubandh
 Peter Collins

Aston Martin DB3S Coupé

Aston Martin 2.9L S6

138

DNF

1954 Jaguar D Type

(example)

15

 Jaguar Cars Ltd.

 Peter Whitehead
 Ken Wharton

Jaguar D-Type

Jaguar 3.4L S6

131

DNF

Aston Martin DB2

(example)

27

 J.-P. Colas
(private entrant)

 Jean-Paul Colas
 Hermano da Silva Ramos

Aston Martin DB2/4 'Vignale'

Aston Martin 2.9L S6

121

DNF

Ferrari 375 MM

(example)

6

 Briggs Cunningham

 Phil Walters
 John Fitch

Ferrari 375 MM

Ferrari 4.5L V12

120

DNF

1953 Maserati A6 GCS Street

(example)

28

 Officine Alfieri Maserati

 Marquis Alfonso de Portago
 Carlo Tomasi

Maserati A6GCS/53

Maserati 1986cc S6

116

DSQ

Frazer Nash Le Mans Coupe (example)

38

 Automobiles Frazer Nash Ltd.
 Sture Nottorp

 Sture Nottorp
 Ivar Andersson

Frazer Nash Le Mans Coupé

Bristol 1979cc S6

109

DNF

Still Looking

52

 Ecurie Jeudy-Bonnet

 Marc Azéma
 Alphonse de Burnay

DB HDR-MC

Renault 747cc S4

102

DNF

Still Looking

44

 A. Constantin
(private entrant)

 Alexis Constantin
 Edmond Mouche

Constantin-Peugeot 203C Spyder

Peugeot 1425cc S4
Supercharged

95

DNF

Provence Moulage; Jaguar D Type; 1954 24h Le Mans DNF; Moss & Walker; RN12

12

 Jaguar Cars Ltd.

 Stirling Moss
 Peter Walker

Jaguar D-Type

Jaguar 3.4L S6

92

DNF

Ferrari 375 MM

(example)

3

 Scuderia Ferrari

 Umberto Maglioli
 Paolo Marzotto

Ferrari 375 Plus

Ferrari 5.0L V12

88

DNF

Still Looking

46

 Kieft Cars Ltd.

 Alan Rippon
 Bill Black

Kieft Sport

Coventry Climax 1098cc S4

86

DNF

Gordini T121

(example)

65
Reserve

 Equipe Gordini

 André Pilette
 Max Thirion

Gordini T17S

Gordini 1096cc S4

76

DNF

Gordini T121

(example)

19

 Equipe Gordini

 Jean Behra
 André Simon

Gordini T24S

Gordini 3.0L S8

76

DNF

Provence Moulage; Aston Martin DB3S; 1954 24h Le Mans DNF; Frere & Shelby; RN22

22

 Aston Martin Lagonda

 Carroll Shelby
 Paul Frère

Aston Martin DB3S

Aston Martin 2.9L S6

74

DNF

Still Looking

50

 G. Michel / A. Guillard
(private entrant)

 Guy Michel
 André Guillard

Renault 4CV-1063 Spyder

Renault 747cc S4

73

DNF

Aston Martin DB3S Coupe

21

 Aston Martin Lagonda

 Ian Stewart
 Graham Whitehead

Aston Martin DB3S Coupé

Aston Martin 2.9L S6

64

DNF

Talbot T26 SS

(example)

9

 Ecurie Rosier

 Jean-Louis Rosier
 Pierre Meyrat

Talbot-Lago T26 GS Spyder

Talbot-Lago 4.5L S6

62

DNF

Gordini T121

(example)

31

 Equipe Gordini

 André Moynet
 Clarence de Rinen

Gordini T15S

Gordini 1988cc S6

54

DNF

Frazer Nash Le Mans Coupe (example)

37

 Automobiles Frazer Nash Ltd.

 Rodney 'Roy' Peacock
 Gerry Ruddock

Frazer Nash LMC/Targa Florio

Bristol 1970cc S6

49

DNF

Talbot T26 SS

(example)

10

 'Pierre Levegh'
(private entrant)

 "Pierre Levegh" (Pierre Bouillin)
 Lino Fayen

Talbot-Lago T26 GS Spyder

Talbot-Lago 4.5L S6

33

DNF

Still Looking

48

 Kieft Cars Ltd.

 Georges Trouis
 Alfred Hitchings

Kieft Sport

MG 1087cc S4

26

DNF

Lagonda DP115 V12

7

 Aston Martin Lagonda

 Eric Thompson
 Dennis Poore

Lagonda DP115

Lagonda 4.5L V12

25

DSQ

Renault 4cv (example)

66
Reserve

 J. Faucher
(private entrant)

 Jacques Faucher
 Jean Hébert

Renault 4CV-1063

Renault 747cc S4

20

DNF

Still Looking

51

 Automobiles Deutsch et Bonnet

 "Heldé" (Pierre-Louis Dreyfus)
 "Eldé" (Leon Dernier)
 Jean Lucas

DB HDR-MC

Renault 747cc S4

8

DNF

Still Looking

53

 Nardi Automobili

 Dr. Mario Damonte
 Alexandre Gacon

Nardi 750LM

Crosley 747cc S4

7

DNF

Ferrari 375 Coupe (example)

18

 Luigi Chinetti

 Conte Innocente Baggio
 Porfirio Rubirosa

Ferrari 375 MM Berlinetta

Ferrari 4.5L V12

5

DNF

Still Looking

60

 Automobiles Panhard
et Levassor

 Lucien Pailler
 "Franc" (Jacques Dewez)

Panhard-Monopole X88 Coupé

Panhard 611cc F2

5

DNF

1955 Porsche 550 Spyder

(example)

40

 Porsche KG

 Richard von Frankenberg
 Helmut 'Helm' Glöckler

Porsche 550/4 RS Spyder

Porsche 1497cc F4

4

DNF

Still Looking

64
Reserve

 Ecurie Jeudy-Bonnet

 Claude Storez
 Jean-Claude Vidilles
 Jean Lucas

DB HDR-MC

Renault 747cc S4

4

DNF

Still Looking

61

 Automobiles Panhard
et Levassor

 Eugène Dussous
 Jacques Savoye

Panhard-Monopole X84

Panhard 611cc F2

0

DNS

Aston Martin DB3 (example)

23

 N. Mann
(private entrant)

 Nigel Mann
 Charles Brackenbury

Aston Martin DB3

Aston Martin 2.9L S6

0

DNA

1953 Maserati A6 GCS Street

(example)

29

 Officine Alfieri Maserati

 "Mike Sparken" (Michel Pobejersky)
 Roberto Mieres
 John 'Jonny' Simone

Maserati A6GCS/53

Maserati 2.5L S4

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