1960 24 Hours of Le Mans

 

The 1960 24 Hours of Le Mans was the 28th 24 Hours of Le Mans Grand Prix of Endurance, and took place on 25 and 26 June 1960, on Circuit de la Sarthe. It was the fifth and final round of the F.I.A. World Sports Car Championship as well as being the fifth round of the inaugural FIA GT Cup. It was held just a week after the tragic Belgian F1 GP in which four drivers, including Stirling Moss were either killed or seriously injured. The prospect of a duel between the 3-litre (180 cu in) Ferrari versus the 2-litre (120 cu in) Porsche championship-leaders was enough to draw large crowds to the 24 Hours race and some 200,000 spectators had gathered for Europe's classic sports car race, around the 13.5 km (8.4 mi) course.

Faced with a must-win result to take the World Championship, Ferrari came well-prepared and with 13 entries, from the works and privateer teams. Their main competition would come from Maserati and the British teams, although American Corvettes also made an appearance in the GT-category. The race was barely three hours old when torrential rain hit the circuit causing a number of accidents and issues as water got into the engines. More and more rivals fell away through the night leaving Ferrari to dominate the race. In the end its Sports and GT cars taking 7 of the top 8 places, with only the Aston Martin of the Scottish Border Reivers team in 3rd breaking the sequence. Belgian Olivier Gendebien got his second victory, this time with his countryman, sports journalist/racing-driver, Paul Frère in the works car. Through fast, but reliable, driving they were never seriously threatened, finishing four laps and over 50 km ahead of the second-placed Ferrari.

After its overhaul of the GT classes in its Appendix J regulations, the CSI (Commission Sportive Internationale - the FIA’s regulations body) looked at retro-fitting them to the Appendix C rules for Sports Cars. There were fourteen classes based on engine capacity (with a maximum of 5 litres (310 cu in) although the World Championship was only open to a 3-litre (180 cu in) maximum) with corresponding set fuel tank sizes. But it was the minimum height and width of widescreens (based on those of GT cars) that caused controversy and after the first round in Argentina a number of senior drivers had protested about the danger in poor weather. There were also new provisions for minimum luggage space, carrying the spare wheel inboard, a minimum ground clearance of 120 mm (4.7 in) and a maximum turning-circle of 13.5 metres (44 ft).

GT cars had to be at least 1,000 cc (61 cu in) and needed a minimum of 100 cars manufactured within 12 months. Although some bodywork changes could be done the net weight could not change by more than 5%.

With the new fuel-tank sizes, the Automobile Club de l'Ouest (ACO) dropped the minimum distance between fuel refills but kept the 25-lap limit for the other fluids. The maximum single-stint for a driver was increased to 52 laps (about 4 hours), although the total driver time was still 14 hours. To be classified, cars had to complete the last lap in less than 30 minutes, and stay within 20% of their nominated Index distance at every 6 hour interval.

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

Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa

11 

 Scuderia Ferrari 

 Olivier Gendebien
 Paul Frère

Ferrari 250 TR59/60 

Ferrari 3.0L V12 

314 

2

Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa

(example)

17 

 North American Racing Team 

 André Pilette
  Ricardo Rodríguez

Ferrari 250 TR59 

Ferrari 3.0L V12 

310 

3

Aston Martin DBR1

 Border Reivers 

 Roy Salvadori
 
Jim Clark

Aston Martin DBR1/300 

Aston Martin 3.0L S6 

306 

4

Ferrari 250 SWB

(example)

16 

 F. Tavano (private entrant)

 Fernand Tavano
 “Loustel” (Pierre Dumay)

Ferrari 250 GT SWB 

Ferrari 3.0L V12 

302 

5

Ferrari 250 SWB

(example)

18 

 North American Racing Team 

 George Arents
 Alan Connell, Jr

Ferrari 250 GT SWB 

Ferrari 3.0L V12 

300 

6

Ferrari 250 SWB

(example)

22 

 Ecurie Francorchamps 

 “Eldé” (Leon Dernier)
 Pierre Noblet

Ferrari 250 GT SWB 

Ferrari 3.0L V12 

300 

7

Ferrari 250 SWB

(example)

19 

 North American Racing Team 

 Ed Hugus
 Augie Pabst

Ferrari 250 GT SWB 

Ferrari 3.0L V12 

299 

8

Chevrolet Corvette C1

 B.S. Cunningham 

 John Fitch
 Bob Grossman

Chevrolet Corvette C1 Coupé 

Chevrolet 4.6L V8 

281 

9

Aston Martin DBR1

(example)

 Maj I.B. Baillie (private entrant)

 Ian Baillie
 Jack Fairman

Aston Martin DBR1/300 

Aston Martin 3.0L S6 

281 

N/C*

Chevrolet Corvette C1

 Camoradi USA 

 Fred Gamble
  Leon Lilley

Chevrolet Corvette C1 Coupé 

Chevrolet 4.6L V8 

275 

10

Porsche 356B Carrera Abarth

(example)

35 

 Porsche KG 

 Herbert Linge
 Hans Walter

Porsche 356 B Carrera GTL Abarth 

Porsche 1588cc F4 

269 

11

Porsche 718 RS60

(example)

39 

 Porsche KG 

 Edgar Barth
 Wolfgang Seidel

Porsche 718 RS60/4 

Porsche 1498cc F4 

264 

12

MGA Twin Cam

32 

 E. Lund (private entrant)

 Ted Lund  
 Colin Escott

MG MGA Twin Cam Coupé 

BMC 1762cc S4 

262 

13

Lotus Elite (example)

44 

 R. Masson (private entrant)

 Roger Masson
 Claude Laurent

Lotus Elite 

Coventry Climax FWE 1216cc S4

261 

14

Lotus Elite (example)

41 

 Team Lotus Engineering 

 John Wagstaff
 Tony Marsh

Lotus Elite 

Coventry Climax FWE 1216cc S4

257 

N/C*

Triumph TR4S

28 

 Standard Triumph Ltd 

 Keith Ballisat
  Marcel Becquart

Triumph TRS 

Triumph 1985cc S4 

256 

15

Still Looking

48 

 Automobiles Deutsch et Bonnet

 Gérard Laureau
 Paul Armagnac

D.B. HBR-4 LM 

Panhard 702cc supercharged F2

253 

N/C*

Triumph TR4S

(example)

59 (reserve)

 Standard Triumph Ltd 

 Les Leston
 Mike Rothschild

Triumph TRS 

Triumph 1985cc S4 

252 

N/C*

Triumph TR4S

(example)

29 

 Standard Triumph Ltd 

 Ninian Sanderson
 Peter Bolton

Triumph TRS 

Triumph 1985cc S4 

249 

16

Austin Healey Le Mans Sprite

46 

 Donald Healey Motor Company 

 John Dalton  
 John Colgate

Austin-Healey Sprite Spyder. 

BMC 571cc S4 

246 

17

Still Looking

47 

 Automobiles Deutsch et Bonnet

 Pierre Lelong
 Maurice van der Bruwaene

D.B. HBR-5 

Panhard 851cc F2 

244 

N/C*

1960 AC Ace

(example)

30 

 Ecurie Lausannoise 

 André Wicky
 Georges Gachnang

AC Ace Coupé 

Bristol 1971cc S6 

239 

18

OSCA MT4

(example)

54 

 E. Hugus (private entrant)

 John Bentley
 John Gordon

O.S.C.A. Nuevo Sport 750 

OSCA 746cc S4 

237 

19

DB Panhard HBR4 Coupe

(example)

56 

 Automobiles Deutsch et Bonnet

 Robert Bourharde
 Jean-François Jaeger

D.B. HBR-4 Coupé 

Panhard 851cc F2 

228 

20

Still Looking

52 

 Automobiles Deutsch et Bonnet

 René Bartholoni
 Bernard de Saint-Auban

D.B. HBR-4 Super Rallye 

Panhard 851cc F2 

223 

DNF

Ferrari 250 SWB

(example)

15 

 A.G. Whitehead (private entrant)

 Graham Whitehead
 Henry Taylor

Ferrari 250 GT SWB 

Ferrari 3.0L V12 

258 

DNF

Ferrari 250 GT Spider California

20 

 North American Racing Team 

 Jo Schlesser
 Bill Sturgis

Ferrari 250 GT California 

Ferrari 3.0L V12 

253 

DNF

Chevrolet Corvette C1

 B.S. Cunningham 

 Dick Thompson
 Fred Windridge

Chevrolet Corvette C1 Coupé 

Chevrolet 4.6L V8 

207 

DNF

Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa

(example)

10 

 Scuderia Ferrari 

 Richie Ginther
 Willy Mairesse

Ferrari 250 TRI/60 

Ferrari 3.0L V12 

204 

DNF

Porsche 718 RS60

33 

 Porsche KG 

 Joakim ‘Jo’ Bonnier
 Graham Hill

Porsche 718 RS60/4 

Porsche 1606cc F4 

191 

DNF

Porsche 718 RS60

(example)

38 

 G. de Beaufort (private entrant)

 Carel Godin de Beaufort
 Richard “Dickie” Stoop

Porsche 718 RS60/4 

Porsche 1587cc F4 

180 

DNF

Simca Abarth 1300

(example)

50 

 Abarth & Cie 

 Jean Guichet
 Paul Condrillier

Abarth 850S 

Fiat 847cc S4 

174 

DNF

Lotus Elite (example)

43 

 G. Baillie (private entrant)

 Sir Gawaine Baillie
 Mike Parkes

Lotus Elite 

Coventry Climax FWE 1216cc S4

169 

DNF

Brumm R149; Jaguar D Type; 1956 24h Le Mans 1st; Sanderson & Flockhart; RN4

(example)

 Ecurie Ecosse 

 Ron Flockhart
 Bruce Halford

Jaguar D-Type 

Jaguar 3.0L S6 

168 

DNF

Lotus Elite

42 

 Team Lotus Engineering 

 David Buxton
 Bill Allen

Lotus Elite 

Coventry Climax FWE 1216cc S4

157 

DNF

Lola Mk1

45 

 Lola Ltd. 

 Charles Vögele
  Peter Ashdown

Lola Mk. 1 

Coventry Climax FWA 1098cc S4

148 

DNF

1960 AC Ace

(example)

57 

 J. Rambaud (private entrant)

 Jean Rambaud
 Pierre Boutin

AC Ace 

Bristol 1971cc S6 

130 

DNF

Still Looking

55 

 Automobili Stanguellini 

 Raymond Quilico
 Carlos Manuel Reis

Stanguellini Sport 

Fiat 741cc S4 

103 

DNF

Still Looking

40 

 Squadra Virgilio Conrero 

 Bernard Costen
 Francesco de Leonibus

Conrero-Alfa Romeo 1150 Sport 

Alfa Romeo 1147cc S4 

96 

DNF

Maserati Tipo 61 Birdcage Long Tail

(example)

25 

 Camoradi USA 

 Lloyd 'Lucky' Casner
 Jim Jeffords

Maserati Tipo 61 

Maserati 2.9L S4 

95 

DNF

Porsche 718 RS60

(example)

36 

 J. Kerguen (private entrant)

 Jean Kerguen
 Robert La Caze

Porsche 718 RS60/4 

Porsche 1587cc F4 

92 

DNF

Austin Healey 3000

23 

 J.G. Sears (private entrant)

 Jack Sears
Peter Riley

Austin-Healey 3000 

BMC 2.9L S6 

89 

DNF

Jaguar E2A

 B.S. Cunningham 

 Dan Gurney #
 
Walt Hansgen

Jaguar E2A 

Jaguar 3.0L S6 

89 

DNF

Simca Abarth 1300

(example)

49 

 Abarth & Cie 

 Jacques Féret
 Tony Spychiger

Abarth 850S 

Fiat 847cc S4 

86 

DNF

Maserati Tipo 61 Birdcage Long Tail

(example)

24 

 Camoradi USA 

 Masten Gregory
 Chuck Daigh

Maserati Tipo 60/61 

Maserati 2.9L S4 

82 

DNF

OSCA MT4

(example)

53 

 Automobili OSCA 

 André Simon
 Jean Laroche

O.S.C.A. Nuevo Sport 750 

OSCA 746cc S4 

66 

DNF

Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint Veloce Zagato (example)

63 (reserve)

 G. Ubezzi (private entrant)

 Giorgio Ubezzi
 José Rosinski

Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint Zagato 

Alfa Romeo 1290cc S4 

66 

DNF

Porsche 718 RS60

(example)

34 

 Porsche KG 

 Hans Herrmann
 Maurice Trintignant

Porsche 718 RS60/4 

Porsche 1606cc F4 

57 

DNF

Chevrolet Corvette C1

 B.S. Cunningham 

 Briggs Cunningham
 Bill Kimberley

Chevrolet Corvette C1 Coupé 

Chevrolet 4.6L V8 

32 

DNF

Simca Abarth 1300

(example)

60 (reserve)

 Abarth & Cie 

 Giancarlo Rigamonti
 Remo Cattini

Abarth 700S 

Fiat 705cc S4 

31 

DNF

Still Looking

51 

 Automobiles Deutsch et Bonnet

 Jean-Claude Vidilles
 Jean Vinatier

D.B. HBR-4 

Panhard 702cc F2 

30 

DNF

Ferrari 250 SWB

(example)

21 

 Equipe Nationale Belge 

 “Beurlys” (Jean Blaton)
 Lucien Bianchi

Ferrari 250 GT SWB 

Ferrari 3.0L V12 

29 

DNF

Maserati Tipo 61 Birdcage Long Tail

26 

 Camoradi USA 

 Gino Munaron
 Giorgio Scarlatti

Maserati Tipo 61 

Maserati 2.9L S4 

22 

DNF

Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa

(example)

12 

 Scuderia Ferrari 

 Ludovico Scarfiotti
 Pedro Rodríguez

Ferrari 250 TRI/60 

Ferrari 3.0L V12 

22 

DNF

Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa

(example)

 Scuderia Ferrari 

 Phil Hill
 Wolfgang von Trips

Ferrari 250 TR59/60 

Ferrari 3.0L V12 

22 

DNS

Ferrari 250 SWB

(example)

14 

 Scuderia Serenissima 

 Frederico ‘Fritz’ d’Orey
  Carlo Maria Abate

Ferrari 250 GT SWB 

Ferrari 3.0L V12 

Practice Accident 

DNS

Lotus Elite (example)

62 (reserve)

 Team Lotus Engineering 

 Jonathon Sieff
 Chris Martin

Lotus Elite 

Coventry Climax FWE 1216cc S4

Practice Accident 

DNS

Lotus Elite (example)

31 

 Team Lotus Engineering 

 Innes Ireland
 Sir John Whitmore

Lotus Elite 

Coventry Climax FPF 1964cc S4 

Withdrawn 

DNA

Porsche 356B (example)

58 

 C. Goethals (private entrant)

 Christian Goethals
 André Pilette

Porsche 356 GS 

Porsche 1588cc F4 

Withdrawn 

DNA

Still Looking

61 (reserve)

 Automobili Stanguellini 

 Paul Guiraud
 Gilbert Foury

Stanguellini 750 Sport 

Fiat 741cc S4 

Withdrawn 

DNA

Still Looking

64 (reserve)

 Automobiles Deutsch et Bonnet

 Paul Justamond
 Gérard Laureau

D.B. HBR-5 

Panhard 851cc F2 

Withdrawn 

DNA

Still Looking

65 (reserve)

 Société E.F.A.C. 

 

Stanguellini EFAC 750 Sport 

Fiat 701cc S4 

Withdrawn 

 


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