1967 24 Hours of Le Mans


1967 24 Hours of Le Mans

Le Mans Races
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Current = 1967
Next = 1968
The 1967 24 Hours of Le Mans was the 35th Grand Prix of Endurance, and took place on June 10 and 11, 1967. It was also the seventh round of the World Sportscar Championship.

The Ford Mark IV was introduced with a low drag body. The surprise winners were Americans A. J. Foyt and Dan Gurney, for whom the roof had to be extended, as he was over 190cm tall. In the post-race celebration, Gurney started the now familiar tradition of spraying champagne.

When Dan Gurney won the 1967 race with co-driver A.J. Foyt, the two drivers mounted the victory stand and Gurney was handed a magnum of champagne. Looking down, he saw Ford CEO Henry Ford II, team owner Carroll Shelby and their wives, as well as several journalists who had predicted disaster for the high-profile duo. Gurney shook the bottle and sprayed everyone nearby, establishing a tradition reenacted in victory celebrations the world over ever since. Gurney, incidentally, autographed and gave the bottle of champagne to a LIFE magazine photographer, Flip Schulke, who used it as a lamp for many years. He recently returned the bottle to Gurney, who keeps it at his home in California.

Official Results

Did Not Finish

tatistics

* Pole Position - #2 Shelby-American Inc. - 3:24.4
* Fastest Lap - #4 Holman & Moody / #3 Holman & Moody - 3:23.6 (tie)
* Distance - 5232.9km
* Average Speed - 218.038km/h

Trophy Winners

* Index of Performance - #41 Porsche System Engineering
* Index of Thermal Efficiency - #1 Shelby-American Inc.


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