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JUN 14th 2019
Andrew Frankel

Andrew Frankel

Thank Frankel it's Friday: Le Mans 1965, the weirdest race Le Mans ever held

As you will doubtless be aware, the Le Mans 24 Hours starts tomorrow. So here’s a lesser known story about one of the more extraordinary wins achieved in the race over its 96-year history.

It concerns a winning car with no hope of winning, an old driver at the end of his career and a youngster at the start, neither of whom wanted to be there, and a third who may or may not have been there at all. And then there was the big boss man whose company had created the car, who gave every impression of not wanting it to win at all. Welcome to the weirdest race Le Mans ever held.

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