LeMans, GT40, 1969: Enough Said

We love a gorgeously shot, perfectly recorded HD video as much as anyone, but there’s just so much honesty in this slow-cut, grainy, fuzzy ride-around in the lead-up to the ’69 24 Hours of LeMans. Our favorites are the commentary about the new safety on the Mulsanne straight, while off to the left are trees with hale bales in front of them and the mention that on Mulsanne “in every car but the Porsche 917, you’re flat out”. Nice to know it was overpowered for a multi-mile straightaway.
Via The Chicane, whose chicanery you ought to be following, if you’re not already.

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  1. jeremy![®] Avatar

    commence flv download for later enjoyment

  2. Van Sarockin Avatar
    Van Sarockin

    Nice lap. But that comment about safety barriers at all the danger point – I think most of today's drivers would wet themselves if they had to drive by trees with just a little padding around them.

  3. Van Sarockin Avatar
    Van Sarockin

    Sorry. Didn't mean to double post. Feel free to remove…
    240 mph on the Mulsanne!

  4. skitter Avatar

    They had me at Lost Tracks
    Mulsanne with no chicanes? Road Atlanta with no chicane.
    Someone may need to pick me up off the floor.
    [youtube J3NhmB0PBY0 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J3NhmB0PBY0 youtube]

  5. jjd241 Avatar

    Ahhh…the pleasures, or tortures, of the flesh…

  6. engineerd Avatar

    If you haven't discovered The Chicane yet, I highly recommend it. They are one of the few places I regularly check from my Google Reader RSS aggregation tool.

  7. Black Steelies Avatar

    Easily my favorite vintage racetrack vid. It's got the Ring, Stewart, that friggin amazing accent and a classy ole' Rolls. "The faster you drive arounf the ring the less you know, and maybe that's the best thing to do."
    [youtube A0Fxk7CDSmM&feature=related http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A0Fxk7CDSmM&feature=related youtube]

    1. Black Steelies Avatar

      Actually upon watching I remember that I've been meaning to try that trick with the carousel next time I run the ring on GT4.

  8. Harlo - The Chicane Avatar
    Harlo – The Chicane

    Thanks for the link, Tim. Glad you're digging the site.