1959 24 Hours Le Mans

 

The 1959 24 Hours of Le Mans was the 27th 24 Hours of Le Mans, Grand Prix of Endurance, and took place on 20 and 21 June 1959, on Circuit de la Sarthe. It was also the fourth round of the F.I.A. World Sports Car Championship. The prospect of an exciting duel between Ferrari, Aston Martin and giantkillers Porsche was enough to draw large crowds and some 150,000 spectators gathered for France’s classic sports car race, around the 8.38-mile course.

Aston Martin finally achieved the coveted outright win, doing it with a 1-2 finish. The marque had first entered the Le Mans race in 1928, running every race since 1931[1] and had finished second three times and third twice before this victory.

Significant changes occurred with the Automobile Club de l'Ouest (ACO) regulations this year. The FIA had issued its revamped and revised Appendix J rules for Grand Touring (GT) cars and the ACO followed other endurance races and opened its entry-list to the GT categories for the first time. Each GT model had to have a minimum production run of 100 cars over 12 consecutive months. Those not meeting those requirements were put into the Sports Prototypes category. Both GT and SP ran to the same engine categories within their respective divisions.

The ACO also introduced a new competition to measure optimal car performance. The Index of Thermal Efficiency (Indice au Rendement Énergétique) took into account a car’s weight, speed and fuel consumption (using standard 95/100-octane supplied fuel). Surprisingly, it did not include engine size in the calculation. This ran alongside the regular Index of Performance handicap competition, whose target distances were increased. Fuel, oil and water replenishment remained limited at a minimum of 30 laps between refills. Only two men, and a third as refueller, were allowed to work on a car in the pits, meaning the driver had to get out and behind the pit wall to not count against that total.

Regarding the track and organisation, the ACO installed IBM calculators to help with the administration. As well as considerable re-surfacing, a number of signalling lights were installed.[4] Finally, acknowledging the huge influx of British spectators to the race, the ACO invited the racing magazine The Motor to send a journalist to provide race-commentary in English once an hour. This year the prize-money was £5000 for both the winners on distance and index of performance, and a total of over £30000.

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

Aston Martin DBR1

5

 David Brown Racing Dept

 Roy Salvadori
 Carroll Shelby

Aston Martin DBR1/300

Aston Martin 3.0L S6

323

2

Aston Martin DBR1

6

 David Brown Racing Dept

 Maurice Trintignant
 Paul Frère

Aston Martin DBR1/300

Aston Martin 3.0L S6

322

3

 

11

 Equipe Nationale Belge

 “Beurlys” (Jean Blaton)
 “Eldé” (Leon Dernier)

Ferrari 250 GT LWB

Ferrari 3.0L V12

297

4

 

18

 North American Racing Team

 George Arents
 André Pilette

Ferrari 250 GT LWB

Ferrari 3.0L V12

296

5

 

16

 F. Tavano
(private entrant)

 Fernand Tavano
 Bob Grossman

Ferrari 250 GT California

Ferrari 3.0L V12

294

6

 

20

/ L. Fayen
(private entrant)

 Lino Fayen
 Gino Munaron

Ferrari 250 GT LWB

Ferrari 3.0L V12

293

7

 

29

 Rudd Racing

 Ted Whiteaway
 John Turner

AC Ace

Bristol 1971cc S6

273

8

Lotus Elite (example)

41

 W.S. Frost
(private entrant)

 Peter Lumsden
 Peter Riley

Lotus Elite

Coventry Climax FWE 1216cc S4

270

9

 

46

 Automobiles
Deutsch et Bonnet

 René Cotton
 Louis Cornet

D.B. HBR-5 Spyder

Panhard 745cc F2

258

10

Lotus Elite

42

 Border Reivers

 John Whitmore
 Jim Clark

Lotus Elite

Coventry Climax FWE 1216cc S4

257

11

 

45

 Automobiles
Deutsch et Bonnet

 Paul Armagnac
 Bernard Consten

D.B. HBR-5 Spyder

Panhard 745cc F2

247

12

 

44

 S. Nottorp
(private entrant)

 Sture Nottorp
 Gunnar Bengtsson

Saab 93 Sport GT 750

Saab 748cc S3 (2-Stroke)

232

13
N/C *

 

55

 Automobili Stanguellini

 Roger Delageneste
 Paul Guiraud

Stanguellini 750 Sport

Fiat 741cc S4

220

DNF

Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa

14

 Scuderia Ferrari

 Olivier Gendebien
 Phil Hill

Ferrari 250 TR/59

Ferrari 3.0L V12

263

DNF

Triumph TR3 (example)

25

 Standard Triumph Ltd

 Richard “Dickie” Stoop
 Peter Jopp

Triumph TR3S

Triumph 1984cc S4

245

DNF

 

37

 E. Hugus
(private entrant)

 Ed Hugus
 Ray ‘Ernie’ Erickson

Porsche 718 RSK

Porsche 1498cc F4

240

DNF

 

35

 J. Kerguen
(private entrant)

 Jean Kerguen
 Robert La Caze

Porsche 550A

Porsche 1498cc F4

229

DNF

 

36

 Ecurie Maarsbergen

 Carel Godin de Beaufort
 Christian 'Bino' Heins

Porsche 718 RSK

Porsche 1498cc F4

186

DNF

MGA Twin Cam

33

 F.W.R. Lund
(private entrant)

 Ted Lund
 Colin Escott

MG A Twin Cam

BMC 1588cc S4

185

DNF

 

31

 Porsche KG

 Wolfgang von Trips
 Joakim ‘Jo’ Bonnier

Porsche 718 RSK

Porsche 1587cc F4

182

DNF

 

49

 R. Masson
(private entrant)

 Roger Masson
 Jean Vinatier

D.B. HBR-5 GTS-Coupé

Panhard 851cc F2

179

DNF

 

48

 Automobiles
Deutsch et Bonnet

 René Bartholoni
 François Jaeger

D.B. HBR-5 Coupé

Panhard 745cc F2

169

DNF

 

34

 Porsche KG

 Edgar Barth
 Wolfgang Seidel

Porsche 718 RSK

Porsche 1498cc F4

168

DNF

 

53

 Team Lotus Engineering

 Alan Stacey
 Keith Greene

Lotus 17 LM

Coventry Climax
FWMA 742cc S4

156

DNF

Tojero Jaguar

8

 Ecurie Ecosse

 Ron Flockhart
 John ‘Jock’ Lawrence

Tojeiro

Jaguar 3.0L S6

137

DNF

 

12

 Scuderia Ferrari

 Jean Behra
 Dan Gurney

Ferrari 250 TR/59

Ferrari 3.0L V12

129

DNF

 

1

 Brian Lister Engineering

 Ivor Bueb
 Bruce Halford

Lister Sport

Jaguar 3.0L S6

121

DNF

 

30

 Team Lotus Engineering

 Graham Hill
 Derek Jolly

Lotus 15 LM

Coventry Climax
1963cc S4

119

DNF

Triumph TR3 (example)

27

 Standard Triumph Ltd

 Ninian Sanderson
 Claude Dubois

Triumph TR3S

Triumph 1984cc S4

114

DNF

 

19

 E. D. Martin
(private entrant)

 Edwin ‘Ed’ Martin
 Bill Kimberly

Ferrari 250 TR/58

Ferrari 3.0L V12

108

DNF

Lotus Elite (example)

38

 Equipe Los Amigos

 Jean-Claude Vidilles
 Jean-François Malle

Lotus Elite

Coventry Climax
FWE 1216cc S4

105

DNF

 

52

 Automobili OSCA

 Jean Laroche
 André Testut

O.S.C.A. 750S

OSCA 742cc S4

88

DNF

 

24

 Cooper Car Company

 Jim Russell
 Bruce McLaren

Cooper T49 ‘Monaco’

Coventry Climax
FPF 1964cc S4

79

DNF

 

32

 Porsche KG

 Hans Herrmann
 Umberto Maglioli

Porsche 718 RSK

Porsche 1587cc F4

78

DNF

Aston Martin DBR1

4

 David Brown Racing Dept.

 Stirling Moss
 Jack Fairman

Aston Martin DBR1/300

Aston Martin 3.0L I6

70

DNF

 

3

 Ecurie Ecosse

 Innes Ireland
 Masten Gregory

Jaguar D-Type

Jaguar 3.0L S6

70

DNF

 

50

 A. de Tomaso
(private entrant)

 Alejandro de Tomaso
 Colin Davis

D.B. HBR-5 Spyder

Panhard 745cc F2

63

DNF

 

23

 Scuderia Ferrari

Giorgio Scarlatti
 Giulio Cabianca

Dino 196 S

Ferrari 1984cc V6

63

DNF

 

62
(reserve)

 Société E.F.A.C.

 René-Philippe Faure
 Georges Guyot

Stanguellini EFAC 750 Sport

Fiat 741cc S4

58

DNF

 

59
(reserve)

 J. Faucher
(private entrant)

 Jacques Faucher
 Gérard Leffargue

D.B. HBR-5 Super Rallye

Panhard 851cc F2

53

DNF

Aston Martin DBR1 (example)

7

 A.G. Whitehead
(private entrant)

 Graham Whitehead
 Brian Naylor

Aston Martin DBR1/300

Aston Martin 3.0L S6

52

DNF

 

2

 Brian Lister Engineering

 Walt Hansgen
 Peter Blond

Lister Sport

Jaguar 3.0L S6

52

DNF

 

10

 Equipe Nationale Belge

 Lucien Bianchi
 Alain de Changy

Ferrari 250 TR/58

Ferrari 3.0L V12

47

DNF

 

15

 Scuderia Ferrari

 Cliff Allison
 Hermano da Silva Ramos

Ferrari 250 TR/59

Ferrari 3.0L V12

41

DNF

 

56

 Automobili Stanguellini

 René-Louis Revillon
 Joseph Dieu

Stanguellini 750 Sport

Fiat 741cc S4

37

DNF

 

43

 S.A. Hurrell
(private entrant)

 Sid Hurrell
 Roy North

Saab 93 Sport GT 750

Saab 748cc S3 (2-Stroke)

35

DNF

Triumph TR3

26

 Standard Triumph Ltd

 Peter Bolton
 Mike Rothschild

Triumph TR3S

Triumph 1984cc S4

35

DNF

 

51

 Automobili OSCA

 Pedro Rodríguez
 Ricardo Rodríguez

O.S.C.A. 750S

OSCA 749cc S4

32

DNF

 

60
(reserve)

 J. Dashwood
(private entrant)

 John Dashwood
 William Wilks

Fraser Nash Le Mans Coupé

Bristol 1971cc S6

30

DNF

 

54

 Team Lotus Engineering

 Mike Taylor
 Jonathan Sieff

Lotus 17 LM

Coventry Climax
FWMA 742cc S4

23

DNF

 

21

 Écurie Trois Chevrons

 Hubert Patthey
 Renaud Calderari

Aston Martin DB4 GT

Aston Martin 3.0L S6

21

DNF

 

17

 North American Racing Team

 Rod Carveth
 Gil Geitner

Ferrari 250 TR/58

Ferrari 3.0L V12

21

DNF

 

47

 Automobiles
Deutsch et Bonnet

 Gérard Laureau
 Pierre Chancel

D.B. HBR-5 Coupé

Panhard 745cc F2

9

DNS

Lotus Elite (example)

58
(reserve)

 J.R. Stoop
(private entrant)

 Douglas Graham
 Mike McKee

Lotus Elite

Coventry Climax FWE 1216cc S4

 

DNA

 

9

 Equipe Nationale Belge

 Lucien Bianchi
 Mauro Bianchi
 Jacques Croisier

Lister Sport

Jaguar 3.0L S6

 

DNA

 

28

 Equipe Nationale Belge

 André Pilette
 Armand Blaton

AC Ace

Bristol 1971cc S6

 

DNA

 

39

 Squadra Virgilio Conrero

 

Alfa Romeo Giulietta SV

Alfa Romeo 1290cc S4

 

DNA

 

40

 Squadra Virgilio Conrero

 José Rosinski
 Claude Bobrowski

Alfa Romeo Giulietta SV

Alfa Romeo 1290cc S4

 

DNA

Lotus Elite (example)

57

 Team Lotus Engineering

 Colin Chapman

Lotus Elite

Coventry Climax FWE 1216cc S4

 

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