Le Mans

Synopsis: Almost in breadth and depth of a documentary, this movie depicts an auto race during the 70s on the world's hardest endurance course: Le Mans in France. The race goes over 24 hours on 14.5 kilometers of cordoned country road. Every few hours the two drivers per car alternate - but it's still a challenge for concentration and material. In the focus is the duel between the German Stahler in Ferrari 512LM and the American Delaney in Gulf Team Porsche 917. Delaney is under extraordinary pressure, because the year before he caused a severe accident, in which his friend Lisa's husband was killed.
Director(s): Lee H. Katzin
Production: Solar Productions
Rotten Tomatoes:
106 min

Your attention, please.

Your attention, please.

There has been an accident

at Maison Blanche.

lt involved Porsche Number 64,

driven by Michael Delaney,

and Ferrari Number 18,

driven by Piero Belgetti.

Signora Belgetti.

Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen.

On this circuit, the world's

most famous motor race is run.

Conceived by Charles Faroux

and Georges Durand

shortly after the First World War,

the course was named

after the nearest town

and the number of hours

that men and machines

are put to the supreme test

of speed and stamina.

The circuit is 13.469 kilometers.

Or 8.418 miles.

Composed of country roads

linked through the main highway,

nearly all of it open to traffic

Along the 3.2-mile Mulsanne Straight,

the cars reach a maximum speed

in excess of 230 miles per hour.

The first race was run in 1923.

The lap record

was nine minutes 39 seconds.

The average speed,

Last year, the lap record

was three minutes 22 seconds.

The average speed,

The race is open to six classes of cars.

From the smallest production models

to the largest sports prototype engines.

All competing at the same time

on the same circuit.

There are 55 cars and 110 drivers

representing countries

from all over the world.

They will drive day and night,

through sun and rain.

Beneath his racing suit,

each driver must wear

fireproof underwear

capable of withstanding

the temperature of burning gasoline,

for 15 seconds.

His blood type must be indicated

on either suit or crash helmet.

Each car has two alternating drivers.

No driver may total

more than 14 out of the 24 hours.

Each driver must have

at least one hour rest

between turns at the wheel.

No one may drive

more than four consecutive hours.

For the first time

in the history of this race...

--at the fall of the tricolored flag,

to test speed of action

for reaching the safe pit.

This year,

the drivers will be securely strapped

into their driving seats

prior to the start of the race.

Yellow flags

and yellow lights along the circuit

indicate the presence of an accident.

Or, as it is called in the racing world,

"the shunt."

Yellow means danger. No overtaking.

The race will start 4 p.m. Saturday

and finish 4 p.m. Sunday.

The car covering the greatest distance

in 24 hours shall be the winner.

ln the case of the faster cars,

this will mean a distance

in excess of 3,000 miles.

And so, ladies and gentlemen,

welcome to the most famous

motorcar race in the world.

The 38th running of the Grand Prix

of endurance and efficiency.

The 24 Hours of Le Mans.

We're pleased

to welcome Michael Delaney

back to Le Mans,

after his unfortunate accident

here last year.

And to see that he's in such good form

following his exciting race

a fortnight ago at the Nurburgring,

where Ferrari's top driver,

Erich Stahler, narrowly beat him.

The Delaney-Stahler rivalry

will be interesting to follow

on this very different circuit,

where the endurance of the car

is as important

as is the skill of the driver.

lt is now five minutes to 4.

Five minutes till start.

Will all drivers be in their cars

in one minute's time, please?

Drivers, to your cars, please.

Four minutes to start.

Three minutes to start.

Two and a half minutes to start.

Two minutes to start.

And once again, here are the first men

to qualify in position.

Number 25, driven by Kurt Ahrens.

Number 15, driven by Michael Parkes.

Number 21, driven by Johann Ritter.

Number 22,

driven by Paul-Jacques Dion.

Number 8, driven by Erich Stahler.

Number 5, driven by Lugo Abratte.

Number 6, driven by Vito Scalise.

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Harry Kleiner

Harry Kleiner (September 10, 1916 Tiflis, Russia – October 17, 2007 Chicago, Illinois) was a Russian-born American screenwriter and producer best known for his films at 20th Century Fox. more…

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