Earlier this week, Mr and Mrs Rambler decided to sort out one of the cupboards in the spare bedroom. Under a stone of Christmas decorations, we found a box stuffed with old photographs. Amongst the envelopes were plastic boxes with most of the 35mm transparencies taken between 1970 and 1980.
Before I married in 1976, I visited the 24 hour race at Le Mans each year from 1969. These are some of the pictures I took with my trusty Chinon SLR. They have been scanned at 380 d.p.i. using an Epson V100 "PHOTO" scanner. The machine is just as good at scanning photo negatives.
Anyway here are some photos from the archive.
This was from the 1971 24 hour race. It is a Porsche 917/20 nicknamed "the pig".
It was driven by Reinhold Joest and Willi Kausen. It failed to finish retiring during the 12th hour.
Another 917 this time designated "LH", entered by John Wyer Engineering, in the Gulf Racing
livery, was driven by Jackie Oliver and Pedro Rodriguez.It retired after 14 hours.
The early 1970s was a time when the big manufacturers took sports car racing seriously
This car was a privately owned Ferrari 512M entered by Escuderia Montjuich and driven by
Nino Vaccarella and Jose Juncadella.
Like No18, the car broke broke down during the 14th hour.
The winner that year was a Porsche 917K. It was driven by Helmut Marko and Gijs Van Lennep and entered by Martini Racing Team. This was taken from the back of one of the grandstands.
You can see an article on the 1971 race here in French.