French Photographer Captures the Emotions of Le Mans 24 Hours
This year marked the 90th anniversary of the oldest active and perhaps most prestigious endurance race: the Le Mans 24 Hours. Endurance racing has a long-standing and unique heritage. Have you ever wondered why drivers spray champagne after a victory? Just ask Dan Gurney and A.J Foyt, both of whom showered the crowd after their legendary victory in the Ford GT-40 Mk IV at Le Mans in 1967. It has become a tradition in all types of racing ever since.
From its debut in 1923 to the present day, it has continuously challenged automakers to demonstrate their ability to create not only the fastest automobiles, but also the most durable. During a 24-hour period, three drivers on each team take shifts maneuvering these brilliantly designed machines while tearing through the Circuit de la Sarthe track, which incorporates closed-off public roads. In that time they total over 3,000 miles, and average speeds upwards of 145 MPH.
These remarkable photographs, taken by David Marvier, give you a feeling that the Le Mans 24 Hour race culture hasn’t changed at all since 1923. The determination on the faces of the pit crew depicts an endless pride in a race they know takes more than just three drivers to win.