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24 Hours-Le Mans-1955-Hawthorn

British driver Mike Hawthorn steers his Jaguar D-Type on Le Mans racetrack, during the 23th edition of the 24 hours of Le Mans race, on June 11, 1955. The 23th edition of the endurance race was marked by the terrible crash that killed 82 persons, in which French pilot Pierre Levegh, and injured 77 others. In terms of human toll, it is the most catastrophic accident in motorsports history. Mike Hawthorn and his teammate Ivro Bueb won the race. / AFP PHOTO

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In this photo print, British driver Mike Hawthorn fearlessly maneuvers his Jaguar D-Type on the iconic Le Mans racetrack during the 23rd edition of the grueling 24 hours of Le Mans race on June 11,1955. The image captures a moment frozen in time, showcasing the determination and skill required to conquer one of motorsport's most prestigious events. However, behind this exhilarating scene lies a somber reminder of tragedy. The 23rd edition was marred by an unimaginable crash that claimed the lives of 82 individuals and left another 77 injured. French pilot Pierre Levegh tragically lost his life in what would become known as the most catastrophic accident in motorsports history. Amidst this backdrop of sorrow, Mike Hawthorn and his teammate Ivro Bueb emerged as victors, triumphing over adversity to claim victory in an event that tested both man and machine to their limits. Their achievement stands not only as a testament to their exceptional driving abilities but also serves as a symbol of resilience and perseverance. This poignant print from Agence France-Presse (AFP) encapsulates both the thrill and tragedy associated with motorsports. It serves as a powerful reminder that even amidst moments of great triumph, we must never forget those who have paid the ultimate price pursuing their passion for speed.

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