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24 Hours of Le Mans 1968 & 2020 - The Delayed September Races

Amid the coronavirus chaos, cancellations and postponements, the Le Mans 24 Hours has been shifted from its traditional June date to 19-20th September. In the 87 runnings to date, only three have taken place in a month other than June and only once before has it ever run in September. Fifty-two years ago, in 1968, the 24 Hour race was also delayed by three months, not due to a pandemic but due to serious social unrest in France with 11 million workers walking out on general strike.

To mark two unique September editions of Le Mans 24 Hours, we look back at the historic 1968 race by way of an amazing piece of motorsport film produced by British brake manufacturer, Ferodo, called ‘Never Start Something You Can’t Stop.’ The period footage documents Ford’s challenge to become a three times winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, with their now iconic Ford GT40. The introduction alone is remarkable, with Sir Stirling Moss narrating a flying lap of the Le Mans circuit using on-board cameras, and the film truly captures the speed, atmosphere and indeed danger of the last time the Le Mans 24 Hours ran in September. So buckle up and enjoy 30 minutes of the 'toughest race in the world' from 1968!

The Apex Team

The Apex Team

The Apex Editorial Team @Custodian: Archie Hill - Interviewer & Editor, Archie Hill Jeremy Hindle Charles Clegg - Editors, Archie Hill - Production, David Marcus - Transcription.