The 1955 Le Mans disaster occurred during the 1955 24 Hours of Le Mans motor race, when a crash caused large pieces of racing car debris to fly into the crowd. Eighty-three spectators and driver Pierre Levegh died at the scene and 120 more were injured in the most catastrophic accident in motorsport history.

The 1955 Le Mans disaster occurred during the 1955 24 Hours of Le Mans motor race, when a crash caused large pieces of racing car debris to fly into the crowd. Eighty-three spectators and driver Pierre Levegh died at the scene and 120 more were injured in the most catastrophic accident in motorsport history.

79 people die in the worst tragedy in the history of motor racing - the Le Mans Disaster of 1955: http://www.britishpathe.com/video/le-mans-disaster

79 people die in the worst tragedy in the history of motor racing - the Le Mans Disaster of 1955: http://www.britishpathe.com/video/le-mans-disaster

Austin Healey racing car involved in 1955 Le Mans disaster to sell for £1m | Mail Online

Austin-Healey racing car at centre of 1955 Le Mans disaster that killed 84 is set to sell for £1m

Austin Healey racing car involved in 1955 Le Mans disaster to sell for £1m | Mail Online

Le Mans Disaster (1955)

Le Mans Disaster (1955)

June 11, 1955 Lemans disaster. Spectators flee as the Mercedes-Benz exploded as it hit the grandstand. Parts of the wreckage were blown into the enclosure killing at least 80 people. The driver, Pierre Levegh, was killed outright. This was the biggest disaster at a motor racing circuit up to that time. Mercedes-Benz withdrew from all motor racing at the end of the 1955 season and didn't return until 1987.

June 11, 1955 Lemans disaster. Spectators flee as the Mercedes-Benz exploded as it hit the grandstand. Parts of the wreckage were blown into the enclosure killing at least 80 people. The driver, Pierre Levegh, was killed outright. This was the biggest disaster at a motor racing circuit up to that time. Mercedes-Benz withdrew from all motor racing at the end of the 1955 season and didn't return until 1987.

84 people dead Horrific 1955 Le Mans disaster completes 60 years today (1)

84 people dead Horrific 1955 Le Mans disaster completes 60 years today (1)

LM 1955 ♦ The start has just been given (4 pm). Notice how narrow the start-finish straight is.

LM 1955 ♦ The start has just been given (4 pm). Notice how narrow the start-finish straight is.

Austin-Healey involved in racing’s worst crash now restored. Part of the 1955 Le Mans disaster that killed Mercedes driver Paul Levegh. - Road & Track

This restored Austin-Healey was in racing's most infamous crash

Austin-Healey involved in racing’s worst crash now restored. Part of the 1955 Le Mans disaster that killed Mercedes driver Paul Levegh. - Road & Track

The 1955 Le Mans disaster occurred during the 1955 24 Hours of Le Mans motor race, when a crash caused large pieces of racing car debris to fly into the crowd. Eighty-three spectators and driver Pierre Levegh died at the scene and 120 more were injured in the most catastrophic accident in motorsport history

The 1955 Le Mans disaster occurred during the 1955 24 Hours of Le Mans motor race, when a crash caused large pieces of racing car debris to fly into the crowd. Eighty-three spectators and driver Pierre Levegh died at the scene and 120 more were injured in the most catastrophic accident in motorsport history

James Hunt, Hesketh-Ford, #24, (finished 8th), Swiss GP, held on August 24 at the Dijon-Prenois racetrack in France, due to a ban on motor racing in Switzerland since the 1955 Le Mans disaster, 1975.

James Hunt, Hesketh-Ford, #24, (finished 8th), Swiss GP, held on August 24 at the Dijon-Prenois racetrack in France, due to a ban on motor racing in Switzerland since the 1955 Le Mans disaster, 1975.

1955 Le Mans Disaster by Ryan Duffey

1955 Le Mans Disaster

1955 Le Mans Disaster by Ryan Duffey

The 1955 Le Mans Tragedy. The Disaster Crash from the Mike Hawthorn Tribute Site, an in depth analysis....He drove a Jaguar with such fervou...

The 1955 Le Mans Tragedy. The Disaster Crash from the Mike Hawthorn Tribute Site, an in depth analysis....He drove a Jaguar with such fervou...

Nicholas Watts: Mike Hawthorn driving the victorious Jaguar D-Type in the 1955 Le Mans 24hrs.

Nicholas Watts: Mike Hawthorn driving the victorious Jaguar D-Type in the 1955 Le Mans 24hrs.

The worst accident in motor racing history happened at the 1955 24 hours of Le Mans. The 1955 Le Mans disaster lead to the death of 82 spectators and the driver Pierre Levegh. More than 100 more people were injured. The photographer of this footage was injured but did survive the incident.

The worst accident in motor racing history happened at the 1955 24 hours of Le Mans. The 1955 Le Mans disaster lead to the death of 82 spectators and the driver Pierre Levegh. More than 100 more people were injured. The photographer of this footage was injured but did survive the incident.

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