Mike Hawthorn and Ivor Bueb
in Jaguar number 6. Juan Manuel Fangio and Stirling Moss
in Mercedes number 19. Pierre Levegh and John Fitch
in Mercedes number 20. Now, the Le Mans 24 Hours Board
wishes to pay tribute to the Italian drivers Alberto Ascari and Mario Alborghetti who died in race a few days ago. Mike Hawthorn runs to his Jaguar,
he’s the first to start. And the Jaguar makes a fantastic start. Pierre Levegh creeps up on the frontrunners. A Mercedes just stalled! It’s Fangio! Fangio has stopped, oh my god what a surprise! Now, out he goes, he’s starting.
What a start my friends! At the 30th lap Jaguars and Ferraris are leading,
tailgated by Levegh’s Mercedes. 289 km per hour for Hawthorn, 286 km for Levegh. Tanks almost empty, the drivers reach record speeds
in the Hunaudières stretch. Attention please, attention please. There’s been a crash. The Le Mans 24 Hours Board asks
all non authorized people to remain seated. And the Jaguar is already leaving the pit,
determined to keep the lead. Mercedes was the only team to withdraw from the race.
It was 43 years before they returned to competition. John Fitch continued his career, dedicating himself principally to road safety. It was the deadliest crash of car racing history, costing the lives of 80 people.