1963 24H LeMans
Only 12 of 49 cars finished the race that year. One was an invited Rover BRM Turbine car! Three Alfa Romeos were present but did not finish. They are beautiful long-tail coupes designed by Zagato, the Giulietta Sport Zagato (SZ). Maybe that is why Spark produced them earlier in the year. I picked up the 2 non-red ones. I maybe should have gotten the third one as well, #36, driven by Karl someone...
#34 dropped out with rear axle issues and poor #35 was disqualified for taking on oil before during the 1st 25 laps... See color photos of all participants here.
Thanks for the post Karl,
Lot's of DNF's that year but some results too. This was the first win for a mid- or rear-engined car, and the first all-Italian victory – with F1 drivers Ludovico Scarfiotti and Lorenzo Bandini winning in their Ferrari 250 P. In fact, Ferrari dominated the results list filling the first six places, and the winners’ margin of over 200 km (16 laps) was the biggest since 1927. -Wikipedia
Here are a few more cars that participated from my collection.
The #10 E Type ran in 1962 (not '63) and was 4th OA. Switched lables - OOPS.
This is the '63 lightweight eType that finished 9th.
The 1963 Aston was a DNF, and more aero than the '62. However the 1962's grill is sublime IMHO.
The 1963 Aston reminds me a little of the GTO or Daytona coupe, what with their pinched noses and Kamm tails. A very pretty Aston.
Models = Miracles in miniature = Holding History in ones hand
Cheers and Happy Collecting,
Thanks for the photos, Steve! It was a war of attrition but Ferraris came in 1st to 6th place! Remarkable!
Here is the Winning Ferrari 250P Number 21 for 1963 at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
This one is a Starter factory built resin model.
Well, you guys knew I had to chime in on this one. I apologize for dragging my heels on a 1961 update to David Green's excellent series on Le Mans, but here we are. I have nine of the participants in my collection.
LookSmart did the No. 21, 22, and 23 Ferrari 250P (SpA Ferrari SEFAC team) cars. No. 21,was driven to first place by Scarfiotti and Bandini. I even have a Graham Turner print of this car on the wall of my man-cave. No. 22 (Parkes/Maglioli) was third, and No. 23 (Surtees/Mairesse) was a DNF due to a fire from a fuel spill. All the LookSmarts are excellent replicas.
In between the 1st and 3rd place SEFAC 250Ps was the 250 GTO entered by Equipe Nationale Belge and driven by Jean Blaton (aka Beurlys) and Gerard Langlois van Ophem. The model by Kyosho is outstanding, with engine detail and an opening trunk.
5th place went to a 330 LMB entered by Maranello Concessionaires and driven by Salmon/Sears. It was also 1st in the over 3-liter class. My model is again an excellent replica, by BBR.
My 9th-place Jaguar XKE hardtop Team Cunningham is by Kyosho. It was driven by Bob Grossman and Briggs himself. The No. 14 car was a DNF and my Spark model is signed by Augie Pabst. Walt Hangsen was the other driver.
A Lola Mk6 GT was driven by David Hobbs and Richard Attwood but was a DNF due to an accident. Model by Spark.
Finally I have the Rover-BRM turbine car by Bizarre. This was driven by Graham Hill and Richie Ginther and would have been 7th or 8th but was technically not classified since it ran as an experimental car.
@mg-harv If anyone had the Turbine car, I thought it must have been you or David! 😎
Well done Harv. You have covered the 1963 race well with all your models. I don’t have the Rover-BRM unfortunately but I do have the others except that 5th place 300 LMB (I traded it.). An interesting race with that low finish record. I was caught a little on the back foot here not having ready images so really appreciate your post.
I also appreciate Carl adding this feature on the Alfas as it reminded me of what we are missing in The Digest Zone. I had got a little discouraged as Le Mans and Formula 1 discussions seemed too quickly vanish from the opening page and are lost to viewing except by use of search.
Steve, thank you for your significant addition to Karl’s post. You have a nice collection.