The 24 Hours Museum is currently celebrating the anniversary of the 1967 Formula One Grand Prix, the only one to have taken place in Le Mans, on the Bugatti track. In this second chapter in a series of articles to accompany the exhibition we salute some of the drivers who raced that Grand Prix and also took part in the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
- New Zealander Denny Hulme, who won the F1 World Championship in 1967, finished second in the 24 Hours of Le Mans with Ken Miles in a Ford Mk II the previous year.
- Fifth at Le Mans in 1967 in a Porsche 907, Swiss driver Jo Siffert took fourth in the Grand Prix driving a Cooper-Maserati. In 1968, he clinched pole position for Porsche at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
- Graham Hill and Jackie Stewart, two of the stars of the 1967 Grand Prix, formed a team for the 1965 Le Mans 24 Hours. They came tenth in a Rover-BRM. It was to be Jackie Stewart’s only appearance at Le Mans.
- Before he won Le Mans in 1966, Bruce McLaren had shared a car with former Le Mans winner, Phil Hill. Having won with Ferrari in 1958, 1961 and 1962, Hill went on to spearhead the Ford campaign. However, the partnership was not fruitful as the car failed to finish.
- Guy Ligier also took the wheel for both the Grand Prix and the 24 Hours in 1967. Having represented Ford at Le Mans from 1965 to 1967, he built and drove his own car in the 1968 race. Ligier never finished the 24 Hours of Le Mans in a car of his design, but his JS2 came second in 1975, with Jean-Louis Lafosse and Guy Chasseuil sharing the wheel. Ten years earlier, Ligier had shared a wheel with Maurice Trintignant, who won with Ferrari in 1954. They shared an open cockpit Ford GT40 Roadster.
Along with Graham Hill and Bruce McLaren, Maurice Trintignant is one of a select few drivers to have won both a Formula One Grand Prix and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. We’ll be telling you more about that élite club in the third instalment.
If you missed the first part in the series, catch up here:
Photo (Copyright ACO Archives): The Porsche with which Jo Siffert and Hans Herrmann finished fourth in 1967. In 1968, Siffert claimed Porsche’s first pole position at Le Mans. Two years later, Herrmann played a hand in the marque’s first triumph in the French endurance race.