Le Mans 100: A Century at the World’s Greatest Endurance Race

Dive into the exhilarating world of endurance racing with Le Mans 100, the official illustrated history commemorating 100 years of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. This stunning book is packed with photography, narrative, and race results, offering a thorough year-by-year history of the legendary race.

Held on the Circuit de la Sarthe, which comprises closed public roads and dedicated racecourse, Le Mans features cars and two-driver teams that can cover over 3,000 miles during the race. Le Mans 100 showcases all aspects of this grueling contest, including:

  • Legendary marques and models such as Porsche, Ferrari, Ford, Corvette, Cobra, Mercedes-Benz, Aston Martin, Jaguar, Audi, Toyota, BMW, McLaren, and more.
  • Motorsport icons like Juan Manuel Fangio, Stirling Moss, Carroll Shelby, Dan Gurney, Ken Miles, Jackie Ickx, Derek Bell, and Tom Kristensen.
  • All the classes that have competed each year, including the top LMP1 and LMP2 (Le Mans Prototype) categories and GT (grand tourer).
  • A list of each year’s top three overall finishers.

Author and award-winning Le Mans historian Glen Smale details pivotal moments, such as the late-1960s battles between Ford and Ferrari, popularized in the film Ford vs Ferrari, and the 1955 tragedy that claimed the lives of more than 80 spectators.

As the oldest active endurance race, Le Mans is intended to showcase mechanical reliability as much as driver skill and fortitude. This beautifully designed and extensively illustrated book celebrates these attributes, chronicling the exploits of both factory-sponsored cars and privateer entries, from the early open-cockpit racers to today’s hybrid era.

Compiled by a meticulous author with a passion for motorsport, Le Mans 100 is the ultimate chronicle of this marquee race. Get ready to marvel at a century of racing history!