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1966 24 Hours of Le Mans

CIRCUIT DE LA SARTHE, FRANCE - JUNE 19: Drivers run to their cars at the start, with Dan Gurney on the right heading to his Ford MkII, followed by Ken Miles, John Whitmore, Bruce McLaren, Pedro Rodriguez, Graham Hill, Mike Parkes and Jean Guichet during the 24 Hours of Le Mans at Circuit de la Sarthe on June 19, 1966 in Circuit de la Sarthe, France. (Photo by Rainer Schlegelmilch)

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This evocative black-and-white photograph captures the raw energy and excitement of the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans, an iconic endurance race held at the Circuit de la Sarthe in France. The image, taken by renowned motorsport photographer Rainer Schlegelmilch, perfectly encapsulates the frenetic start of the race. At the center of the frame, Dan Gurney, an American racing legend, dashes towards his Ford MkII, determination etched on his face. To his right, Ken Miles, another formidable driver, follows suit, his focus unwavering. In the background, a sea of drivers, including Bruce McLaren, Pedro Rodriguez, Graham Hill, John Whitmore, Mike Parkes, and Jean Guichet, all vying for position and making a mad dash to their respective cars. The grid, filled with an array of sleek and powerful machines, stretches out behind them, the anticipation palpable in the air. The atmosphere is electric, the tension building as the drivers prepare to embark on the grueling 24-hour race. The roar of engines and the cacophony of revving machinery are just moments away, as the drivers and their teams put their skills and endurance to the ultimate test. This photograph is a testament to the rich history and enduring allure of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, a race that continues to captivate and inspire motor racing enthusiasts around the world.

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