1974 24 Hours of Le Mans

 

The 1974 24 Hours of Le Mans was the 42nd Grand Prix of Endurance, and took place on 15 and 16 June 1974. It was the fifth round of the 1974 World Championship for Makes. After Alfa Romeo had won the first race of the season at Monza, it had been Matra all the way and they came to Le Mans as firm favourites for a third consecutive outright victory, especially after Alfa Romeo withdrew its cars just before raceweek.

In a fairly lacklustre race, the Matra of Henri Pescarolo and Gérard Larrousse led virtually from start to finish for their second successive victory. It was also the third in a row for Pescarolo and the Matra team. The race was enlivened on Sunday morning when the leading car was delayed for a long time by engine and gearbox troubles. But such was the lead they had built up that they were not headed. Second place, six laps back was the works-supported Martini Porsche 911 turbo of Gijs van Lennep and Herbert Müller while third went to another Matra of Jean-Pierre Jabouille and François Migault.

The Group 4 (GTS) category was a battle between Porsche and Ferrari. It was won by the French-privateer Ferrari of Cyril Grandet and Dominique Bardini as the leading Porsches fell out with problems.

There was negligible change to the regulations this year. The Automobile Club de l'Ouest (ACO) reduced the eligible classes back to six, removing the intermediate divisions of Group 2 and 5.[2] Qualification was tightened, such that each driver, not just each car, had to be within 133% of the fastest times of the top three different car types.

Modern Motor magazine reported at the time that the event cost near to £1 million to hold. Of that, most was paid by Chrysler-France (£500000) and the French government (£300000) with the rest coming from sponsorship. It also noted the declining interest in the racing formula by the manufacturers and fans alike. John Wyer had noted that it cost more than a full season of Formula One to put one of his cars on the grid.

Where we have not had a model of the car through the business as raced I've added another example of the car as an illustration (where I have one)

Pos Car No. Team Drivers Chassis Engine Laps Reason
1 Matra-Simca MS670B 7  Équipe Gitanes  Henri Pescarolo
 Gérard Larrousse
Matra-Simca MS670C Matra 3.0L V12 338 N/A
2 Porsche 911 RSR Turbo 22  Martini Racing Porsche System  Gijs van Lennep
 Herbert Müller
Porsche 911 Carrera RSR Turbo Porsche 2.1L F6 Turbo 332 N/A
3 Matra-Simca MS670B(example) 9  Équipe Gitanes  Jean-Pierre Jabouille
 François Migault
Matra-Simca MS670C Matra 3.0L V12 322 N/A
4 Gulf Mirage GR8(example) 11  Gulf Research Racing  Derek Bell
 Mike Hailwood
Gulf GR7 Cosworth DFV 3.0L V8 318 N/A
5 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona(example) 71  Automobiles Charles Pozzi
 R. Touroul
 Cyril Grandet
 Dominique Bardini
Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Ferrari 4.4L V12 314 N/A
6 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona(example) 54  North American Racing Team  Dave Heinz
 Alain Cudini
Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Ferrari 4.4L V12 313 N/A
7 Porsche 911 RSR Turbo(example) 66  Porsche Club Romand  Bernard Chenevière
 Peter Zbinden
 Michel Dubois
Porsche 911 Carrera RSR Porsche 3.0L F6 313 N/A
8 Ligier JS2 15  Automobiles Ligier  Jacques Laffite
 Alain Serpaggi
Ligier JS2 Maserati 3.0L V6 311 N/A
9 Ferrari 312PB(example) 1  North American Racing Team  Jean-Claude Andruet
 Teodoro Zeccoli
NART-Ferrari 312P Ferrari 3.0L V12 299 N/A
10 Porsche 911 RSR Turbo(example) 70  ASA Cachia-Bondy  Henri Cachia
 Raymound Touroul
 Dennis Rua
Porsche 911 Carrera RSR Porsche 3.0L F6 289 N/A
11 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona(example) 56  North American Racing Team
 
 Christian Ethuin
 Lucien Guitteny
Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Ferrari 4.4L V12 286 N/A
12 Porsche 911 RSR Turbo(example) 69  C. Haldi
(private entrant)
 Lucien Negeotte
 Jean-Pierre Laffeach
 Jean- François Jaunet
Porsche 911 Carrera RSR Porsche 3.0L F6 277 N/A
13 Porsche 911 RSR Turbo(example) 59  P. Mauroy
(private entrant)
 
 Pierre Mauroy
 Anne-Charlotte Verney
 Martine Rénier
Porsche 911 Carrera RSR Porsche 2.8L F6 277 N/A
14 Porsche 911 RSR Turbo(example) 63  J.-C. Lagniez
(private entrant)
 Jean-Claude Lagniez
 Gérard Meo
Porsche 911 Carrera RSR Porsche 3.0L F6 275 N/A
15 BMW 3.0 CSL(example) 86  J.-C. Aubriet
(private entrant)
 Jean-Claude Aubriet
 "Dépnic" (Jean-Claude Depince)
BMW 3.0 CSL BMW 3.5L S6 270 N/A
16 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona(example) 57  M. Mignot
(private entrant)
 Marcel Mignot
 Harry Jones
Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Ferrari 4.4L V12 267 N/A
17 Chevron B23(example) 30  Michel Dupont Scato
 Écurie Seiko-Scato
 Christine Beckers
 Yvette Fontaine
 Marie Laurent
Chevron B23 Cosworth FVC 1790cc S4 266 N/A
18 Chevrolet Corvette C3 51  Greder Racing Team  Henri Greder
 Marie-Claude Beaumont
Chevrolet Corvette C3 Chevrolet 7.0L V8 254 N/A
19 Mini Racing; Porsche 908 Spyder; 1969 24H Le Mans DNF; Siffert & Redman; RN20

(example)

65  C. Poirot
(private entrant)
 Christian Poirot
 Jean Rondeau
Porsche 908/02 Porsche 3.0L F8 252 N/A
20 Porsche 911 RSR Turbo(example) 73  Paul Blancpain
 Toad Hall Racing
 Paul Blancpain
 Michael Keyser
 Milt Minter
Porsche 911 Carrera RSR Porsche 3.0L F6 247 N/A
N/C * Still Looking 25  Sigma Automotive

 
 Yasuhiro Okamoto
 Harukuni Takahashi
 Yojiro Terada
Sigma MC74

 
Mazda 12A 2-Rotor
(2.3L equiv.)
 
156

 
N/A
DNF Porsche 911 RSR Turbo(example) 72  Polifac Gelo Racing Team  Jürgen Barth
 Franz Pesch
Porsche 911 Carrera RSR Porsche 3.0L F6 232 Engine
(23hr)
DNF Porsche 911 RSR Turbo(example) 62  Ecurie Francorchamps  Baron Hughes de Fierlandt
 Richard Bond
Porsche 911 Carrera RSR Porsche 3.0L F6 227 Transmission
(19hr)
DNF Porsche 911 RSR Turbo(example) 67  Porsche Club Romand  William Vollery
 Eric Chapuis
 Roger Dorchy
Porsche 911 Carrera RSR Porsche 3.0L F6 225 Engine
(19hr)
DNF Ford Capri MkI 2600 RV(example) 90  Shark Racing Team
(private entrant)
 Jean-Claude Guérie
 Serge Godard
 Dominique Fornage
Ford Capri RS Ford 3.0L V6 186 Transmission
(16hr)
DNF Still Looking 10  A. de Cadenet
(private entrant)
 Chris Craft
 John Nicholson
De Cadenet LM72 Cosworth DFV 3.0L V8 168 Accident
(15hr)
DNF BMW 3.0 CSL(example) 87  Scuderia Jolly Club  Martino Finotto
 Carlo Facetti
 Manfred Mohr
BMW 3.0 CSL BMW 3.5L S6 155 Engine
(14hr)
DNF Still Looking 43  Société Racing Organisation Course  Fred Stalder
 Robert Mieusset
 François Sérvanin
Lola T292 Simca-ROC 1994cc S4 145 Electrics
(13hr)
DNF Porsche 910(example) 44  G. Cuynet
(private entrant)
 Gérard Cuynet
 Yves Evrard
 Jean-Louis Gama
Porsche 910 Porsche 1991cc F6 143 Out of fuel
(17hr)
DNF Porsche 911 RSR Turbo(example) 64  Polifac Gelo Racing Team  Georg Loos
 Clemens Schickentanz
Porsche 911 Carrera RSR Porsche 3.0L F6 134 Electrics
(14hr)
DNF Mini Racing; Porsche 908 Spyder; 1969 24H Le Mans DNF; Siffert & Redman; RN20

(example)

17  Ecuador Marlboro Team
(private entrant)
 Guillermo Ortega
 Fausto Merello
 Lothar Ranft
Porsche 908/02K Porsche 3.0L F8 122 Accident
(11hr)
DNF Matra-Simca MS670B 8  Équipe Gitanes  Jean-Pierre Jaussaud
 Bob Wollek
 José Dolhem
Matra-Simca MS670B Matra 3.0L V12 120 Engine
(9hr)
DNF Porsche 911 RSR Turbo(example) 61  R. Buchet
(private entrant)
 Vic Elford
 Claude Ballot-Léna
Porsche 911 Carrera RSR Porsche 3.0L F6 117 Transmission
(11hr)
DNF Matra-Simca MS670B(example) 6  Équipe Gitanes  Jean-Pierre Beltoise
 Jean-Pierre Jarier
Matra-Simca MS680 Matra 3.0L V12 104 Engine
(9hr)
DNF Porsche 911 RSR Turbo(example) 21  Martini Racing Porsche System  Helmut Koinigg
 Manfred Schurti
Porsche 911 Carrera RSR Turbo
 
Porsche 2.1L F6 Turbo 87 Engine
(8hr)
DNF Ligier JS2(example) 14  Automobiles Ligier  Guy Chasseuil
 Michel Leclère
Ligier JS2 Maserati 3.0L V6 82 Engine
(9hr)
DNF Porsche 911 RSR Turbo(example) 68  Samson Kremer Racing  Erwin Kremer
 Hans Heyer
 Paul Keller
Porsche 911 Carrera RSR Porsche 3.0L F6 65 Engine
(6hr)
DNF Porsche 911 RSR Turbo(example) 46  Rebaque-Rojas Racing Team
(private entrant)
 Héctor Rebaque
 Guillermo Rojas, Sr
 Freddy Van Beuren
Porsche 911 Carrera RSR Porsche 3.0L F6 60 Electrics
(7hr)
DNF Gulf Mirage GR8 12  Gulf Research Racing  Vern Schuppan
 Reine Wisell
Gulf GR7 Cosworth DFV 3.0L V8 49 Engine
(5hr)
DNF Still Looking 23  M. Mamers
(private entrant)
 Marcel “Max” Mamers
 Xavier Lapeyre
GRAC MT20 Simca-ROC 1994cc S4 45 Transmission
(5hr)
DNF Porsche 911 RSR Turbo(example) 58  Escuderia Montjuïch  Claude Haldi
 José-Marie Fernández
 Jean-Marc Seguin
Porsche 911 Carrera RSR Porsche 3.0L F6 43 Engine
(4hr)
DNF Mini Racing; Porsche 908 Spyder; 1969 24H Le Mans DNF; Siffert & Redman; RN20

(example)

19  Wicky Racing Team  André Wicky
 Jacques Boucard
 “Nouvestille” (Louis Cosson)
Porsche 908/02 Porsche 3.0L F8 41 Gearbox
(6hr)
DNF Lola T280(example) 28  Michel Dupont Scato  Heinz Schulthess
 Michel Lateste
Lola T280/284 Cosworth DFV 3.0L V8 32 Engine
(8hr)
DNF Ferrari 308 GT4(example) 18  North American Racing Team
 
 Jean-Louis Lafosse
 Giancarlo Gagliardi
Ferrari Dino 308 GT4 LM Ferrari 3.0L V8 30 Transmission
(4hr)
DNF Porsche 911 RSR Turbo(example) 60  L. Meznarie
(private entrant)
 Hubert Striebig
 Hugues Kirschoffer
 Jean-Louis Chateau
Porsche 911 Carrera RSR Porsche 3.0L F6 23 Accident
(4hr)
DNF De Tomaso Pantera GT4(example) 52  Wicky Racing Team  Max Cohen-Olivar
 Philippe Carron
De Tomaso Pantera Ford 5.8L V8 16 Engine
(4hr)
DNF Mini Racing; Porsche 908 Spyder; 1969 24H Le Mans DNF; Siffert & Redman; RN20

(example)

31  Escuderia Tibidabo
(private entrant)
 Francesco Torredemer
 Juan Fernández
 Bernard Tramont
Porsche 908/03 Porsche 3.0L F8 12 Gearbox
(3hr)
DNF Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona(example) 55  North American Racing Team  Jean-Pierre Paoli
 Alain Couderc
Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Ferrari 4.4L V12 4 Accident
(2hr)
DNF Chevron B23(example) 27  Michel Dupont Scato  Michel Dupont
 Gregor Fischer
 Daniel Brillat
Chevron B23/26 Cosworth FVC 1790cc S4 3 Engine
(3hr)
DNQ Still Looking 98  C. Buchet
(private entrant)
 Claude Buchet
 Jean-Paul Agères
 Frederic Canal
Mazda RX-3 Coupé Mazda 124A 2-Rotor
(2.3L equiv.)
0 Did not qualify
DNA Alfa Romeo T33/3(example) 3  Autodelta SpA  Rolf Stommelen
 Andrea de Adamich
Alfa Romeo Tipo 33TT12 Alfa Romeo 3.0L F12 0 Withdrawn
 
DNA Alfa Romeo T33/3(example) 4  Autodelta SpA  Arturo Merzario
 Carlo Facetti
Alfa Romeo Tipo 33TT12 Alfa Romeo 3.0L F12 0 Withdrawn
 
DNA Alfa Romeo T33/3(example) 5  Autodelta SpA  Rolf Stommelen
 Carlo Facetti
 Teodoro Zeccoli
Alfa Romeo Tipo 33TT12 Alfa Romeo 3.0L F12 0 Withdrawn

 
DNA Lancia Stratos(example) 24  Lancia Marlboro Team  Jean-Claude Andruet
 Sandro Munari
 Umberto Maglioli
Lancia Stratos Ferrari 2.4L V6 0 Withdrawn
DNA Still Looking 26  P.-M. Painvin
(private entrant)
 Pierre-Marie Painvin
 Lucien Guitteny
 Guy Fréquelin
GRAC MT20 Simca-JRD 1994cc S4 0 Withdrawn
DNA Still Looking 29  R. Touroul
(private entrant)
 Raymond Touroul March 74S BMW 1994cc S4 0 Withdrawn
DNA Still Looking 32  J. Uriarte
(private entrant)
 José Uriarte
 Hervé LeGuellec
Lola T292 Cosworth FVC 1790cc S4 0 Withdrawn
DNA Chevron B23(example) 33  P. Blancpain
(private entrant)
 Paul Blancpain Chevron B23 Cosworth FVC 1790cc S4 0 Withdrawn
DNA Still Looking 34  M.Lateste
(private entrant)
 Michel Lateste
 Michel Dufust
 Robert Nee
A.C.E. PB2 Cosworth FVC 1790cc S4 0 Withdrawn

 


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