• Short Summary

    French racing driver Henri Pescarolo won the 24-hour Le Mans race for the third year ruining in a Matra-Simca car on Sunday (16 June).

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    1.
    AERIAL VIEW Le Mans Circuit.
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    2.
    GV No. 9 past camera.
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    3.
    SV No. 22 past camera.
    0.29

    4.
    GV No. 7 Pescarolo and Larrousse into pits.
    0.45

    5.
    GV Spectators
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    6.
    No. 7 out of pits and away.
    1.10

    7.
    GV No. 59 past camera followed by other cars.
    15.5

    8.
    GV No. 9 past camera.
    1.28

    9.
    No. 7 down straigh past camera.
    1.34

    10.
    GV Winning cars past camera across finish.
    1.44

    11.
    GV Spectators
    1.47

    12.
    GV Press and crowd mob winning car.
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    SPORT - MOTOR RACING

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    Background: French racing driver Henri Pescarolo won the 24-hour Le Mans race for the third year ruining in a Matra-Simca car on Sunday (16 June).

    Pescarolo and co-driver Gerard Larrousse led form start to finish. But they spent a desperate hour in the pits when their Matra-Simca suffered gearbox trouble.

    Dutchman Gijs Van Lennep and Switzerland's Herbert Muller, in second place, gained considerably on the Matra but their Porsche Turbo was also slowed by gearbox trouble, and they were still three minutes behind when Pescarolo and Larrousse left the pits.

    The winning Matra covered 2,862 miles (4,606 kilometers) in the 24-hour period. Another matra, driven by Frenchmen Francois Migault and Jean-Pierre Jabouille, was third.

    About 200,000 people watched the race.

    Pescarolo and Larrousse, who shared the winning car last year, were garlanded with flowers and mobbed at the end. They finished 50 miles (80 kilometres) ahead of Van Lennep and Muller.

    Observers had forecast an even grater domination by the four french Matras, because of their fast practice times. They held the first four places in the opening hours, but -- one after another -- they were plagued with misfortune, until only the Pescarolo Larrousse car was left in the lead.

    Only 20 of the 49 cars that started the race were classified as finishers. There were two crashes, but no one was injured.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAENW422Y3YZ5PVO1PG77KO2PFL
    Media URN:
    VLVAENW422Y3YZ5PVO1PG77KO2PFL
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    17/06/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:01:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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