LE MANS, FRANCE
INTRODUCTION: Le Mans in France known for the racing of motor cars, especially saloon car racing.
LE MANS, FRANCE
1. GV Truck No.35 goes through obstacle course. (2 SHOTS) 0.09
2. SV Truck No.31, as spectators look on. (2 SHOTS) 0.17
3. GV Truck No.16 goes through course, crowd watching. (2 SHOTS) 0.34
4. GV Trucks racing. (3 SHOTS) 0.56
5. LV Leading trucks racing towards camera. 1.13
6. GV Trucks being followed by car. 1.18
SPORT: MOTOR RACING
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Background: LE MANS, FRANCE
INTRODUCTION: Le Mans in France known for the racing of motor cars, especially saloon car racing. But at the Bugatti Circuit, it is heavy trucks which have been competing in 1 24-hour race.
The first race of this kind took place last year on the same Bugatti circuit. It was conceived by Michel Leblanc, working with the French Automobile Association. The 24-hour event, testing durability as much as speed, reveals the strength of the most hardy of vehicles. At the start, the drivers have to negotiate a line of bollards before setting into hours on the circuit. The crowd,too, needed plenty of stamina.
The organisers admitted the race was essentially lighted-hearted, but they hoped it would spread elsewhere. Certainly, the attendance for a new event was encouraging. The people of rural France prefer to have heavy vehicles roaring around a racetrack than trundling through the narrow streets of their villages. The race itself was evenly contested.
It was Gerard Cesar and Luc Chabot in their Magirus truck who survived to win. They had proved the crucial point that their vehicle could keep going on and on. The French organisers are now hoping that this event will make an international impact.
Source: REUTERS - ERIC BOURBOTTE