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  • 24 Hours of Le Mans

    24 Hours of Le Mans

    Rear view of works Mercedes-Benz 300SLR in pits showing stowed air brake flap and extended fuel filler neck.

  • 24 Hours of Le Mans

    24 Hours of Le Mans

    Car number 19, the works Mercedes-Benz 300SLR chassis 0007/55 driven by Juan Manuel Fangio and Stirling Moss, air-brakes on the approach to Les Esses.

  • 24 Hours of Le Mans

    24 Hours of Le Mans

    Rear section of Mercedes-Benz 300SLR in pits showing tartan seat cover, extended fuel filler neck, and air brake flap in stowed position.

  • 24 Hours of Le Mans

    24 Hours of Le Mans

    Car number 6 is the works Jaguar D-Type XKD505 driven by race winners Mike Hawthorn and Ivor Bueb. Car number 19 is the works Mercedes-Benz 300SLR chassis 0007/55 driven by Juan Manuel Fangio and Stirling Moss, air brake lowering into Les Esses.

  • 24 Hours of Le Mans

    24 Hours of Le Mans

    A Porsche 550 Spyder is followed by car number 66, the Ecurie Belge/Gonzague Olivier-entered Porsche 550 Spyder driven by Olivier Gendebien and Wolfgang Seidel. Car number 26 is the works Austin-Healey 100S driven by Lance Macklin and Les Leston.

  • 24 Hours of Le Mans

    24 Hours of Le Mans

    Car number 21, the works Mercedes-Benz 300SLR chassis 0004/55 driven by Karl Kling and André Simon, air-brakes on the approach to Les Esses.

  • 24 Hours of Le Mans

    24 Hours of Le Mans

    Pierre Levegh (Bouillin) drives car number 20, the works Mercedes-Benz 300SLR co-driven by John Fitch.

  • 24 Hours of Le Mans

    24 Hours of Le Mans

    Steering wheel and cockpit detail of works Mercedes-Benz 300SLR, showing oil injection controls for device fitted to prevent the all-inboard drum brakes locking, or to unstick the brake shoes should they grab and lock-on.

  • 24 Hours of Le Mans

    24 Hours of Le Mans

    Car number 6, winning Mike Hawthorn/Ivor Bueb Jaguar D-Type 'XKD 505' leading car number 19, Juan-Manuel Fangio Mercedes-Benz 300SLR in Les Esses

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  • 24 Hours of Le Mans

    24 Hours of Le Mans

    Car number 19, the works Mercedes-Benz 300SLR chassis 0007/55 driven by Juan Manuel Fangio and Stirling Moss, air-brakes on the approach to Les Esses. Car number 65 is the Porsche 550 Spyder driven by Gonzague Olivier and Josef Jeser.

  • 24 Hours of Le Mans

    24 Hours of Le Mans

    Car number 20 - Karl Kling driving this works Mercedes-Benz 300SLR during practice, with air brake fully open entering the Dunlop Curve. For the race, car number 20 was assigned to Pierre Levegh/John Fitch and was destroyed in Levegh's catastrophic fatal accident.

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  • 24 Hours of Le Mans

    24 Hours of Le Mans

    Race shot showing the early battle for the lead. Car number 4 is the works Ferrari 121LM chassis 0532LM driven by Eugenio Castellotti and Paolo Marzotto. Car number 6 is the works Jaguar D-Type XKD505 driven by race winners Mike Hawthorn/Ivor Bueb. Car number 19 is the works Mercedes-Benz 300SLR chassis 0007/55 driven by Juan Manuel Fangio and Stirling Moss, seen here with the air brake lowering into Les Esses.

  • 24 Hours of Le Mans

    24 Hours of Le Mans

    Number 20 - 'Levegh'/John Fitch's works Mercedes-Benz 300SLR chassis number 0006/55, with air brake open entering the braking area for the Dunlop Curve. Number 20 crashed in the disaster that killed over 80 spectators and injured more than 100 more. 'Levegh' was the pseudonym of Pierre Eugène Alfred Bouillin.

  • 24 Hours of Le Mans

    24 Hours of Le Mans

    Steering wheel and cockpit detail of works Mercedes-Benz 300SLR, showing oil injection controls for device fitted to prevent the all-inboard drum brakes locking, or to unstick the brake shoes should they grab and lock-on.

  • 24 Hours of Le Mans

    24 Hours of Le Mans

    Practice photograph showing John Fitch driving works number 19 Mercedes-Benz 300SLR which would be assigned to Juan-Manuel Fangio and Stirling Moss for the race. Fitch would be re-assigned to number 20 to co-drive with Levegh. The air brake flap is just opening in this shot as the car enters the braking area for the Dunlop Curve.

  • 24 Hours of Le Mans

    24 Hours of Le Mans

    Number 33 Mike Keen/Tommy Line's works Bristol 450C, which finished eighth overall and second in the 2000cc Sports category. Number 26 - Lance Macklin/Les Leston's works Austin-Healey 100S, which retired after an accident. Number 26 was involved in the Le Mans disaster when struck from behind by 'Levegh's Mercedes-Benz 300SLR, which was launched into a spectator area opposite the pits.

  • 24 Hours of Le Mans

    24 Hours of Le Mans

    Airbrake flap installation on rear deck of works Mercedes-Benz 300SLR, with extended fuel filler neck, and tartan cloth seat upholstery in cockpit.

  • 24 Hours of Le Mans

    24 Hours of Le Mans

    Airbrake flap installation with rear-view mirror windows on rear deck of works Mercedes-Benz 300SLR. Note extended fuel filler neck, and tartan cloth seat upholstery in cockpit.

  • 24 Hours of Le Mans

    24 Hours of Le Mans

    Car number 24 is the works Aston Martin DB3S chassis 7 driven by Roy Salvadori and Peter Walker. Car number 10 is the Ecurie Francorchamps Jaguar D-Type XKD503 driven by Johnny Claes and Jacques Swaters. Car number 20 is the works Mercedes-Benz 300SLR chassis 0006/55 driven by Levegh and John Fitch. ("Levegh" was the pseudonym of Pierre Eugène Alfred Bouillin.)

  • 24 Hours of Le Mans

    24 Hours of Le Mans

    No 21 - Karl Kling/André Simon's works Mercedes-Benz 300SLR chassis '0004/55'.

  • 24 Hours of Le Mans

    24 Hours of Le Mans

    Cars pictured are Number 38 - Walter Ringgenberg/ Hans-Jörg Gilomen's Porsche 550 Spyder, which retired, and Number 26 - Lance Macklin/Les Leston's works Austin-Healey 100S, which retired after an accident. (Number 26 was involved in the 1955 Le Mans disaster when struck from behind by 'Levegh's Mercedes-Benz 300SLR, which was launched into a spectator area opposite the pits.)

  • 24 Hours of Le Mans

    24 Hours of Le Mans

    Race shot showing the early battle for the lead. Car number 4 is the works Ferrari 121LM chassis 0532LM driven by Eugenio Castellotti and Paolo Marzotto. Car number 6 is the works Jaguar D-Type XKD505 driven by race winners Mike Hawthorn and Ivor Bueb. Car number 19 is the works Mercedes-Benz 300SLR chassis 0007/55 driven by Juan Manuel Fangio and Stirling Moss, seen here with the air brake lowering into Les Esses.

  • 24 Hours of Le Mans

    24 Hours of Le Mans

    Car number 21 is the works Mercedes-Benz 300SLR chassis 0004/55 driven by Karl Kling and André Simon. Car number 20, the works Mercedes-Benz 300SLR chassis 0006/55 driven by Levegh and John Fitch, enters the braking area for the Dunlop Curve with air brake open. ("Levegh" was the pseudonym of Pierre Eugène Alfred Bouillin.)

  • 24 Hours of Le Mans

    24 Hours of Le Mans

    Car number 21, Karl Kling and André Simon Mercedes-Benz 300SLR at pits, Kling in cockpit. The car was withdrawn after team-mate Levegh's fatal accident which also claimed the lives of over 80 spectators.

  • 24 Hours of Le Mans

    24 Hours of Le Mans

    Number 6 - race winners Mike Hawthorn/Ivor Bueb's works Jaguar D-Type, chassis number XKD505. Number 19 - Juan Manuel Fangio/Stirling Moss's works Mercedes-Benz 300SLR, chassis number 0007/55, which was withdrawn following the disaster involving team-mate 'Levegh's sister 300SLR.

  • 24 Hours of Le Mans

    24 Hours of Le Mans

    Rear view of works Mercedes-Benz 300SLR in pits showing stowed air brake flap and extended fuel filler neck.

  • 24 Hours of Le Mans

    24 Hours of Le Mans

    Rear section of Karl Kling and André Simon Mercedes-Benz 300SLR in pits showing tartan seat cover, extended fuel filler neck, and air brake flap in stowed position.

  • 24 Hours of Le Mans

    24 Hours of Le Mans

    Car number 20, practice photograph showing Karl Kling driving this works Mercedes-Benz 300SLR which was assigned instead to Levegh and John Fitch for the race.

  • 24 Hours of Le Mans

    24 Hours of Le Mans

    Number 21 Karl Kling/André Simon's works Mercedes-Benz 300SLR chassis '0004/55', withdrawn following the disastrous accident involving team-mate 'Levegh's sister car - Number 23 Peter Collins/Paul Frere's works Aston Martin DB3S chassis '6', finished 2nd overall.

  • 24 Hours of Le Mans

    24 Hours of Le Mans

    "Lay-down" straight-8 cylinder engine installations and inboard drum brakes on works Mercedes-Benz 300SLR.

  • 24 Hours of Le Mans

    24 Hours of Le Mans

    Number 19 Juan Manuel Fangio/Stirling Moss's works Mercedes-Benz 300SLR chassis '0007/55', withdrawn following the disaster involving team-mate 'Levegh's sister 300SLR - Number 6 race winners Mike Hawthorn/Ivor Bueb's works Jaguar D-Type 'XKD505' - seen braking for Les Esses, air brakes open on the leading Mercedes and its 4th placed sister here.

  • 24 Hours of Le Mans

    24 Hours of Le Mans

    Car number 21 is the works Mercedes-Benz 300SLR chassis 0004/55 driven by Karl Kling and André Simon.

  • 24 Hours of Le Mans

    24 Hours of Le Mans

    A Porsche 550 Spyder is followed by car number 26, the works Austin-Healey 100S driven by Lance Macklin and Les Leston. Car number 66 is the Ecurie Belge/Gonzague Olivier-entered Porsche 550 Spyder driven by Olivier Gendebien and Wolfgang Seidel.

  • 24 Hours of Le Mans

    24 Hours of Le Mans

    "Lay-down" straight-8 cylinder engine installations and inboard drum brakes on works Mercedes-Benz 300SLR.

  • 24 Hours of Le Mans

    24 Hours of Le Mans

    Number 34 Peter Wilson/Jim Mayers's works Bristol 450C, 7th overall and winners 2000cc Sports Category - air braking behind them is Number 21 Karl Kling/André Simon's works Mercedes-Benz 300SLR chassis '0004/55', withdrawn following the disastrous accident involving team-mate 'Levegh's sister car.

  • 24 Hours of Le Mans

    24 Hours of Le Mans

    Car number 20, Karl Kling driving this works Mercedes-Benz 300SLR during night practice, air brake open approaching the Dunlop Curve. Car number 20 was assigned to Pierre Levegh/John Fitch for the race and would be destroyed in Levegh's catastrophic accident which also cost the lives of more than 80 spectators

  • 24 Hours of Le Mans

    24 Hours of Le Mans

    Steering wheel and cockpit detail of works Mercedes-Benz 300SLR, showing oil injection controls for device fitted to prevent the all-inboard drum brakes locking, or to unstick the brake shoes should they grab and lock-on.

  • 24 Hours of Le Mans

    24 Hours of Le Mans

    Car number 6, winning Mike Hawthorn/Ivor Bueb Jaguar D-Type 'XKD 505' leading car number 19, Juan-Manuel Fangio Mercedes-Benz 300SLR in Les Esses

  • 24 Hours of Le Mans

    24 Hours of Le Mans

    Number 19 - Juan Manuel Fangio/Stirling Moss's works Mercedes-Benz 300SLR chassis '0007/55', withdrawn following the disaster involving team-mate 'Levegh's sister 300SLR - seen with the air brake still part-open entering Les Esses - Number 37 Helmut Polensky/Richard von Frankenberg's works Porsche 550 Spyder, finished 4th overall and winners 1500cc Sports Category.

  • 24 Hours of Le Mans

    24 Hours of Le Mans

    "Lay-down" straight-8 cylinder engine installations and inboard drum brakes on works Mercedes-Benz 300SLR.

  • 24 Hours of Le Mans

    24 Hours of Le Mans

    Steering wheel and cockpit detail of works Mercedes-Benz 300SLR, showing oil injection controls for device fitted to prevent the all-inboard drum brakes locking, or to unstick the brake shoes should they grab and lock-on.

  • 24 Hours of Le Mans

    24 Hours of Le Mans

    Number 6 - race winners Mike Hawthorn/Ivor Bueb's works Jaguar D-Type, chassis number XKD505. Number 19 - Juan Manuel Fangio/Stirling Moss's works Mercedes-Benz 300SLR chassis number 0007/55, withdrawn following the disaster involving team-mate 'Levegh's sister 300SLR. Note the 300SLR's air brake lowering as the car enters Les Esses.

  • 24 Hours of Le Mans

    24 Hours of Le Mans

    Car number 19 (air brake deployed) is the works Mercedes-Benz 300SLR chassis 0007/55 driven by Juan Manuel Fangio and Stirling Moss. Car number 3 is the works Ferrari 121LM chassis 0558LM driven by Umberto Maglioli and Phil Hill.

  • 24 Hours of Le Mans

    24 Hours of Le Mans

    Cars pictured are Number 38 - Walter Ringgenberg/ Hans-Jörg Gilomen's Porsche 550 Spyder, which retired, and Number 26 - Lance Macklin/Les Leston's works Austin-Healey 100S, which retired after an accident. (Number 26 was involved in the 1955 Le Mans disaster when struck from behind by 'Levegh's Mercedes-Benz 300SLR, which was launched into a spectator area opposite the pits.)

  • 24 Hours of Le Mans

    24 Hours of Le Mans

    Air brake in action approaching Les Esses. Car number 19 is the works Mercedes-Benz 300SLR chassis 0007/55 driven by Juan Manuel Fangio and Stirling Moss.

  • 24 Hours of Le Mans

    24 Hours of Le Mans

    The lead car in this photo is the Bristol 450C, car number 34, driven by Peter Wilson and Jim Mayers. The car at the right is a Mercedes Benz 300SLR, car number 21, driven by the team of Karl Kling and Andre Simon. The car in the background is a Cooper T39, car number 47, driven by John Brown, Edgar Wadsworth and John Cooper.

  • 24 Hours of Le Mans

    24 Hours of Le Mans

    Airbrake flap installation with rear-view mirror windows on rear deck of works Mercedes-Benz 300SLR. Note extended fuel filler neck, and tartan cloth seat upholstery in cockpit.

  • 24 Hours of Le Mans

    24 Hours of Le Mans

    Number 21 - Karl Kling/André Simon's works Mercedes-Benz 300SLR, chassis number 0004/55, which was withdrawn following the disastrous accident involving team-mate 'Levegh's sister car.