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Phil Hill (USA) / Lucien Bianchi (BEL) (#18) Aston Martin DP215 and Pedro Rodriguez (MEX) / Roger Penske (USA) (#10) Ferrari 330 TRI/LM at the start of the race. Both cars retired from the race.
Le Mans 24 Hours, Le Mans, France, 16-17 June 1963

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This evocative black-and-white photograph captures the excitement and tension of the starting grid at the 1963 Le Mans 24 Hours. The scene is set at the legendary Circuit de la Sarthe in Le Mans, France, where the world's best drivers and their iconic machines gather for the ultimate endurance race. At the heart of the image, we find two of the most iconic cars of the era: the #18 Aston Martin DP215 driven by American Phil Hill and Belgian Lucien Bianchi, and the #10 Ferrari 330 TRI/LM piloted by Mexican Pedro Rodriguez and American Roger Penske. Both teams were strong contenders for victory, with Aston Martin aiming to defend their title from the previous year, and Ferrari determined to claim the crown for themselves. Despite their promising starts, both cars ultimately retired from the race. The Aston Martin suffered a fuel pump failure, while the Ferrari was involved in a collision with a Lister Jaguar. The disappointment of retirement was a common theme at Le Mans that year, with only 19 cars finishing the grueling 24-hour endurance test. This photograph serves as a poignant reminder of the unpredictable nature of motor racing and the indomitable spirit of the drivers who continue to push themselves and their machines to the limit at the Le Mans 24 Hours.

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