LE MANS 1966

PAGE CREATED - 3.8.11

It all started when I had the urge to collect models of as many of the Fords that ran in the 24 hour race in 1966. You see, the attraction was the fact that contrary to the usual practice of painting team cars all the same colour, with perhaps slight variations of contrasting colours for identification purposes, the Fords at Le Mans in 1966 were virtually all in completely different liveries; a collector's dream.

As time passed I began to gather several other models of cars from the same race. And so eventually came the need to get them all.......

At first I had no idea if this was even vaguely possible, not being aware if all 55 cars had ever been made in 1/43rd scale. Thanks to a very handy website that covers every Le Mans event with photos of models that are or have been made either as complete cars or kits, I learned that indeed, all 55 have been produced. That was it! I decided I wanted to get them all.

At the time of creating this page I am awaiting the arrival of the 52nd car in the series. This is the third of the works Porsches. I am still in the process of turning three cheap plastic models of the C.D. Peugeot that ran in the race into reasonably acceptable representations of the three cars from that team.

Which leaves me with three cars to find. These are the Serenissima and the two little A.S.As from Italy. These cars have been produced in 43rd scale but as far as I can tell, only as kits and as kits they are difficult - nigh on impossible - to find. I keep looking but not with any great anticipation of success.

So, anyway, here in numerical order, are photographs and brief descriptions of the cars that took part in that event on Saturday/Sunday 18th/19th June 1966:

 1 - FORD Mk.II

 SHELBY AMERICAN INC.

 Drivers:

 Ken Miles
 Denis Hulme

 Finished - 2nd - 360 laps

 Model by BANG

 2 - FORD Mk.II

 SHELBY AMERICAN INC.

 Drivers:

 Bruce McLaren
 Chris Amon

 Finished - 1st - 360 laps

 Model by ALTAYA

 3 - FORD Mk.II

 SHELBY AMERICAN INC.

 Drivers:

 Dan Gurney
 Gerry Grant

 Retired - Holed radiator - 257 laps

 Model by BANG

 4 - FORD Mk.II

 HOLMAN & MOODY

 Drivers:

 Mark Donohue
 Paul Hawkins

 Retired - Differential - 12 laps

 Model by OXA

 5 - FORD Mk.II

 HOLMAN & MOODY

 Drivers:

 Ronnie Bucknum
 Dick Hutcherson

 Finished - 3rd - 348 laps

 Model by OXA

 6 - FORD Mk.II

 HOLMAN & MOODY

 Drivers:

 Mario Andretti
 Lucien Bianchi

 Retired - Head gasket - 97 laps

 Model by BANG

 7 - FORD Mk.II

 ALAN MANN RACING LTD

 Drivers:

 Graham Hill
 Brian Muir

 Retired - Front suspension - 110 laps

 Model by BANG

 8 - FORD Mk.II

 ALAN MANN RACING LTD

 Drivers:

 Sir John Whitmore
 Frank Gardner

 Retired - Head gasket - 97 laps

 Model by OXA

 9 - CHAPARRAL 2.D

 CHAPARRAL CARS INC.

 Drivers:

 Phil Hill
 Jo Bonnier

 Retired - Alternator - 111 laps

 Model by IXO

 10 - BIZZARINI P538 - CHEVROLET

 PROTOTIPI BIZZARINI SAL.

 Drivers:

 Edgar Berney
 André Wicky

 Retired - Steering arm - 8 laps

 Model by SPARK

 11 - BIZZARINI A.3.C - CHEVROLET

 PROTOTIPI BIZZARINI SAL.

 Drivers:

 Sam Posey
 Massimo Natili

 Retired - Disqualified - 39 laps

 Model by SPARK

 12 - FORD GT.40

 F.R.ENGLISH / COMSTOCK RACING

 Drivers:

 Innes Ireland
 Jochen Rindt

 Retired - Engine - 8 laps

 Model by del PRADO - painted by me

 14 - FORD GT.40

 SCUDERIA FILIPINETTI

 Drivers:

 Peter Sutcliffe
 Dieter Spoerry

 Retired - Accident - 233 laps

 Model by del PRADO - painted by me

 15 - FORD GT.40

 FORD FRANCE SA.

 Drivers:

 Guy Ligier
 Bob Grossmann

 Retired - Ignition - 205 laps

 Model by MODEL BOX

 17 - FERRARI 365 P2/P3

 ECURIE FRANCORCHAMPS

 Drivers:

 Jean Beurlys
 Pierre Dumay

 Retired - Engine - 129 laps

 Model by BEST - liveried by me

 18 - FERRARI 365 P2

 NORTH AMERICAN RACING TEAM

 Drivers:

 Masten Gregory
 Bob Bondurant

 Retired - Transmission - 88 laps

 Model by TOP MODEL

 19 - FERRARI 365 P2/P3

 SCUDERIA FILIPINETTI

 Drivers:

 Willy Mairesse
 Herbert Müller

 Retired - Gearbox - 166 laps

 Model by BANG

 20 - FERRARI 330 P3

 SpA FERRARI SEFAC

 Drivers:

 Ludovico Scarfiotti
 Mike Parkes

 Retired - Accident - 123 laps

 Model by BRUMM - tarted up by me

 21 - FERRARI 330 P3

 SpA FERRARI SEFAC

 Drivers:

 Lorenzo Bandini
 Jean Guichet

 Retired - Engine - 226 laps

 Model by BRUMM - tarted up by me

 24 - SERENISSIMA - ATS SPIDER

 SCUDERIA SAN MARCO

 Drivers:

 Jean Claude Sauer
 Baron Jean de Mortemart

 Retired - Gearbox - 40 laps

 Waiting & Hoping...

 25 - FERRARI DINO 206.S

 SCUDERIA SAN MARCO / N.A.R.T

 Drivers:

 Nino Vaccarella
 Mario Casoni

 Retired - Water leak - 7 laps

 Model by BEST

 26 - FERRARI 275 GTB/C

 ED HUGUS

 Drivers:

 Giampiero Biscali
 Prince Michael de Bourbon Parma

 Retired - Clutch - 218 laps

 Model by BEST

 27 - FERRARI 330P SPYDER

 NORTH AMERICAN RACING TEAM

 Drivers:

 Pedro Rodriguez
 Richie Ginther

 Retired - Gearbox - 151 laps

 Model by BRUMM

 28 - FERRARI 250.LM

 EQUIPE NATIONAL BELGE

 Drivers:

 Taf Gosselin
 Eric de Keyn

 Retired - Engine - 218 laps

 Model by BEST

 29 - FERRARI 275.GTB/C

  MARANELLO CONCESSIONNAIRES

 Drivers:

 Piers Courage
 Roy Pike

 Finished - 8th - 313 laps

 Model by BEST

 30 - PORSCHE 906 CARRERA 6 LANGHECK

 PORSCHE SYSTEM ENGINEERING

 Drivers:

 Jo Siffert
 Colin Davis

 Finished - 4th - 339 laps

 Model by EBBRO

 31 - PORSCHE 906/6 CARRERA 6 LANGHECK

 PORSCHE SYSTEM ENGINEERING

 Drivers:

 Hans Herrmann
 Herbert Linge

 Finished - 5th - 338 laps

 Model by EBBRO

 32 - PORSCHE 906/6 CARRERA 6 LANGHECK

 PORSCHE SYSTEM ENGINEERING

 Drivers:

 Udo Schütz
 Piet de Klerk

 Finished - 6th - 337 laps

 Model by EBBRO

 33 - PORSCHE 906/6 CARRERA 6

 PORSCHE SYSTEM ENGINEERING

 Drivers:

 Peter Gregg
 Sten Axelsson

 Retired - Engine - 331 laps

 Model by HIGH SPEED - reliveried by me

 34 - PORSCHE 906/6 CARRERA 6

 AUGUSTE VEUILLET

 Drivers:

 Robert Buchet
 Gerhard Koch

 Retired - Accident - 110 laps

 Model by HIGH SPEED - reliveried by me

 35 - PORSCHE 911.S

 "J. FRANC"

 Drivers:

 J. Franc
 Jean Kerguen

 Finished - 14th - 284 laps

 Model by VITESSE

 36 - FERRARI DINO 206.S

 MARANELLO CONCESSIONAIRES

 Drivers:

 David Hobbs
 Mike Salmon

 Retired - Rear axle - 14 laps

 Model by ART MODEL

 38 - FERRARI DINO 206.S

 NORTH AMERICAN RACING TEAM

 Drivers:

 Charlie Kolb
 George Follmer

 Retired - Engine - 9 laps

 Model by ART MODEL

 41 - MATRA M.620 B.R.M

 MATRA SPORTS SARL

 Drivers:

 Johnny Servoz-Gavin
 Jean-Pierre Beltoise

 Retired - Gearbox - 112 laps

 Model by BIZARRE

 42 - MATRA M.620 B.R.M

 MATRA SPORTS SARL

 Drivers:

 Jo Schlesser
 Alan Rees

 Retired - Accident - 100 laps

 Model by BIZARRE

 43 - MATRA M.620 B.R.M

 MATRA SPORTS SARL

 Drivers:

 Jean-Pierre Jaussaud
 Henri Pescarolo

 Retired - Oil pump - 38 laps

 Model by BIZARRE

 44 - ALPINE A.210 RENAULT

 ECURIE SAVIN-CALBERSON

 Drivers:

 Jacques Cheinisse
 Roger Delageneste

 Finished - 11th - 307 laps

 Model by STARLINE

 45 - ALPINE A.210 RENAULT

 SOCIÉTÉ DES AUTOMOBILES ALPINE

 Drivers:

 Guy Verrier
 Robert Bouharde

 Finished - 12th - 307 laps

 Model by STARLINE - reliveried by me

 46 - ALPINE A.210 RENAULT

 SOCIÉTÉ DES AUTOMOBILES ALPINE

 Drivers:

 Mauro Bianchi
 Jean Vinatier

 Finished - 13th - 306 laps

 Model by STARLINE - reliveried by me

 47 - ALPINE A.210 RENAULT

 SOCIÉTÉ DES AUTOMOBILES ALPINE

 Drivers:

 Berndt Jansson
 Pauli Toivonen

 Retired - Gearbox - 217 laps

 Model by STARLINE - reliveried by me

 48 - AUSTIN HEALEY SPRITE

 DONALD HEALEY MOTOR CO. LTD.

 Drivers:

 John Rhodes
 Clive Baker

 Retired - Clutch, water pump - 134 laps

 Model by EXEM

 49 - AUSTIN HEALEY SPRITE

 DONALD HEALEY MOTOR CO. LTD.

 Drivers:

 Paddy Hopkirk
 Andrew Hedges

 Retired - Head gasket - 237 laps

 Model by BIZARRE

 50 - MARCOS MINI G.T. 2+2 B.M.C

 JEAN-LOUIS MARNAT & CIE.

 Drivers:

 Claude Ballot-Léna
 Jean-Louis Marnat

 Finished - 15th - 258 laps

 Model by SPARK

 51 - C.D. SP.66 PEUGEOT

 S.E.C AUTOMOBILES C.D.

 Drivers:

 Claude Laurent
 Jean-Claude Ogier

 Retired - Accident - 54 laps

 Model by NOREV - repainted by me

 52 - C.D. SP.66 PEUGEOT

 S.E.C AUTOMOBILES C.D.

 Drivers:

 Pierre Lelong
 Alain Bertaut

 Retired - Clutch - 19 laps

 Model by NOREV - repainted by me

 53 - C.D. SP.66 PEUGEOT

 S.E.C AUTOMOBILES C.D.

 Drivers:

 Georges Heligouin
 Johnny Rives

 Retired - Accident - 91 laps

 Model by NOREV - modified and repainted by me

 54 - A.S.A RB.613

 NORTH AMERICAN RACING TEAM

 Drivers:

 Francois Pasquier
 Robert Mieusset

 Retired - Accident - 50 laps

 Maybe someday......

 55 - ALPINE A.210 RENAULT

 SOCIÉTÉ DES AUTOMOBILES ALPINE

 Drivers:

 André de Cortanze
 Jean-Pierre Hanrioud

 Retired - Water pump - 118 laps

 Model by STARLINE - reliveried by me

 57 - FERRARI 275.GTB

 ECURIE FRANCORCHAMPS

 Drivers:

 Pierre Noblet
 Claude Dubois

 Finished - 10th - 310 laps

 Model by BEST

 58 - PORSCHE 906/6 CARRERA 6

 PORSCHE SYSTEM ENGINEERING

 Drivers:

 Rolf Stommelen
 Günther Klass

 Finished - 7th - 330 laps

 Model by HIGH SPEED

 59 - FORD GT.40

 ESSEX WIRE CORPORATION

 Drivers:

 Peter Revson
 Skip Scott

 Retired - Engine - 212 laps

 Model by MODEL BOX

 60 - FORD GT.40

 ESSEX WIRE CORPORATION

 Drivers:

 Jochen Neerpasch
 Jacky Ickx

 Retired - Engine - 154 laps

 Model by BANG

 61 - A.S.A RB.613

 A.S.A

 Drivers:

 Ignazio Giunti
 Spartaco Dini

 Retired - Clutch - 31 laps

 Maybe someday......

 62 - ALPINE A.210 RENAULT

 SOCIÉTÉ DES AUTOMOBILES ALPINE

 Drivers:

 Henri Grandsire
 Leo Cella

 Finished - 9th - 311 laps

 Model by STARLINE - renumbered by me

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