1937 24 Hours of Le Mans

The 1937 24 Hours of Le Mans was the 14th Grand Prix of Endurance, and took place on 19 and 20 June 1937.

1937 24 Hours of Le Mans
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This race was marred by a massive 6-car accident at Maison Blanche which claimed the lives of 2 drivers. On the eighth lap of the race, the inexperienced French amateur driver Jean Kippeurt lost control of his Bugatti T44 and it rolled several times, coming to rest in the middle of the road. German Fritz Roth, who closely followed, lost control of his BMW 328 #30, went off of the road and somersaulted. Kippeurt's body was thrown clear from his car, and was lying about 100 metres from the wreck. In an attempt to avoid Roth's car, Briton Pat Fairfield crashed into Kippeurt's Bugatti. Fairfield's car was subsequently rammed by the Delahaye 135CS of Jean Trémoulet which in turn was hit by the Talbot T150C driven by an Argentine count who raced under the pseudonym "Raph", and by the Riley TT Sprite of Raoul Forestier. An Adler driven by an unspecified German driver, was also involved in the accident. Kippeurt was killed instantly, Fairfield died in a hospital 2 days later and Trémoulet was injured, as was Raph.

Official resultsEdit

 
Le Mans in 1937
Pos Class No Team Drivers Chassis Engine Laps
1 5.0 2   Roger Labric   Jean-Pierre Wimille
  Robert Benoist
Bugatti Type 57G Tank Bugatti 3.3L I8 243
2 5.0 14   Joseph Paul   Joseph Paul
  Marcel Mongin
Delahaye 135CS Delahaye 3.6L I6 236
3 5.0 10   Ecurie Bleue   René Dreyfus
  Henri Stoffel
Delahaye 135CS Delahaye 3.6L I6 231
4 3.0 19   Société R.V.   Jacques de Valence de Minardiere
  Louis Gérard
Delage D6-70 Delage 3.0L I6 215
5 1.5 37   J.M. Skeffington   J.M. Skeffington
  R.C. Murton-Neale
Aston Martin 1½ Ulster Aston Martin 1.5L I4 205
6 2.0 33   Adler   Peter Graff Orssich
  Rudolf Sauerwein
Adler Super Trumpf Rennlimousine Adler 1.7L I4 205
7 2.0 26   Émile Darl'mat   Jean Pujol
  Marcel Contet
Darl'mat DS Peugeot 2.0L I4 203
8 2.0 25   Émile Darl'mat   Charles de Cortanze
  Maurice Serre
Darl'mat DS Peugeot 2.0L I4 203
9 2.0 34   Adler   Otto Löhr
  Paul von Guilleaume
Adler Super Trumpf Rennlimousine Adler 1.7L I4 202
10 2.0 27   Émile Darl'mat   Daniel Porthault
  Louis Rigal
Darl'mat DS Peugeot 2.0L I4 197
11 2.0 31   C.T. Thomas   Mortimer Morris-Goodall
  Robert P. Hichens
Aston Martin Speed Model Aston Martin 2.0L I4 193
12 1.1 48   Just-Emile Vernet   Just-Emile Vernet
  Suzanne Largeot
Simca-Fiat 6CV Fiat 1.0L I4 171
13 1.5 36   A.C. Scott   Archie Scott
  Ted Halford
HRG 1500 Le Mans Meadows 1.5L I4 163
14 1.1 42   M.K.H. Bilney   M.K.H. Bilney
  Joan Richmond
Ford Ten GB Ford 1.1L I4 161
15 1.1 49   H. Lesbros   Dimitri Calaraseano
  H. Lesbros
Adler Trumpf Junior Adler 1.0L I4 160
16 1.1 54   Capt. G.E.T. Eyston   Dorothy Stanley-Turner
  Joan Riddell
MG PB Midget MG 0.9L I4 154
17 750 59   Gordini   Jean Viale
  Albert Alin
Simca-Fiat Cinq Fiat 0.6L I4 145

Did not finishEdit

Pos Class No Team Drivers Chassis Engine Laps
18 5.0 11   Ecurie Bleue   Laury Schell
  René Carriére
Delahaye 135CS Delahaye 3.6L I6 193
19 1.1 41   Yves Giraud-Cabantous   Yves Giraud-Cabantous
  Charles Rigoulot
Chenard et Walcker Chenard et Walcker 1.1L I4 151
20 5.0 9   Louis Villeneuve   Louis Villeneuve
  André Vagniez
Delahaye 135CS Delahaye 3.6L I6 147
21 1.1 46   Gordini   Amédée Gordini
  Philippe Maillard-Brune
Simca-Fiat Huit Fiat 1.1L I4 137
22 2.0 32   Eddie Hertzberger   Eddie Hertzberger
  Albert Debille
Aston Martin Speed Model Aston Martin 2.0L I4 136
23 5.0 1   Roger Labric   Roger Labric
  Pierre Veyron
Bugatti Type 57G Tank Bugatti 3.3L I8 130
24 1.1 50   R.H. Eccles   Mrs. Marjorie Eccles
  Freddie de Clifford
Singer Nine Le Mans Replica Singer 1.0L I4 121
25 5.0 8   André Parguel   André Parguel
  Robert Brunet
Delahaye 135CS Delahaye 3.6L I6 100
26 5.0 18   Raymond de Saugé Destrez   Raymond de Saugé Destrez
  Genaro Léoz Abad
Bugatti Type 57S Bugatti 3.3L I8 99
27 1.1 53   Jacques Savoye   Jacques Savoye
  Pierre Pichard
Singer Nine Le Mans Replica "Savoye Special" Singer 1.0L I4 93
28 1.1 52   Team Autosports   G.H. Boughton
  F.H. Lye
Singer Nine Le Mans Replica Singer 1.0L I4 91
29 750 58   Gordini   Adrien Alin
  Athos Querzola
Simca-Fiat Cinq Fiat 0.6L I4 77
30 750 57   Austin   Charles Dodson
  Bert Hadley
Austin 7 Austin 0.7L I4 74
31 750 55   R. Marsh   Kay Petre
  G. Mangan
Austin 7 Austin 0.7L I4 72
32 1.1 51   Team Autosports   Norman Black
  John Donald Barnes
Singer Nine Le Mans Replica Singer 1.0L I4 72
33 1.1 45   Gordini   Jacques Blot
  Henri Ferrand
Simca-Fiat Huit Fiat 1.1L I4 55
34 2.0 29   Frazer Nash   Harold John Aldington
  A.F.P. Fane
Frazer Nash-BMW 328 BMW 2.0L I6 43
35 1.5 35   Mme Anne-Cécile Rose-Itier   Anne-Cécile Rose-Itier
  Fritz Huschke von Hanstein
Adler Trumpf Rennlimousine Adler 1.5L I4 40
36 5.0 15   Jacques Seylair   Jacques Seylair
  Paul Bénazet
Delahaye 135CS Delahaye 3.6L I6 36
37 750 56   John Carr   Charles Goodacre
  Dennis Buckley
Austin 7 Austin 0.7L I4 32
38 2.0 40   Yves Giraud-Cabantous   Charles Cotet
  Charles Roux
Chenard et Walcker Chenard et Walcker 1.8L Supercharged I4 32
39 5.0 3   Arthur W. Fox   Johnny Hindmarsh
  Charles Brackenbury
Lagonda LG45 Meadows 4.5L I6 30
40 1.5 39   Ecurie Eudel   Jean Trévoux
  Guy Lapchin
Riley Sprite TT Riley 1.5L I4 11
41 5.0 4   Raymond Sommer   Raymond Sommer
  Giovanni Battista Guidotti
Alfa Romeo 8C 2900A Spider Alfa Romeo 2.9L Supercharged I8 11
42 5.0 12   Eugéne Chaboud   Eugéne Chaboud
  Jean Trémoulet
Delahaye 135CS Delahaye 3.6L I6 9
43 5.0 7   André M. Embiricos   Nicholas S. Embiricos
  Raphaël Béthenod de las Casas
Talbot T150C Talbot 4.0L I6 9
44 1.5 38   Ecurie Eudel   Raoul Forestier
  Roger Caron
Riley Sprite TT Riley 1.5L I4 8
45 2.0 30   BMW   Fritz Roth
  Uli Richter
BMW 328 BMW 2.0L I6 8
46 2.0 28   David Murray   David Murray
  Pat Fairfield
Frazer Nash-BMW 328 BMW 2.0L I6 8
47 3.0 20   René Kippeurt   René Kippeurt
  René Poulain
Bugatti Type 44 Bugatti 3.0L I8 8
48 5.0 21   Luigi Chinetti   Luigi Chinetti
  Louis Chiron
Talbot T150C Talbot 4.0L I6 7
49 1.1 44   Gordini   Marino Zanardi
  Angelo Molinari
Simca-Fiat 508 S Ballila Fiat 1.0L I4 ?

StatisticsEdit

  • Fastest Lap – #2 Roger Labric – 5:13.0
  • Distance – 3287.938 km
  • Average Speed – 136.997 km/h

Trophy WinnersEdit

  • 12th Rudge-Whitworth Biennial Cup – #31 C.T. Thomas
  • Index of Performance – #2 Roger Labric