“‘Some dates have a temporal importance in human affairs, some linger for a while and time itself supercedes them with other events, some are forever. Le Mans, as the clocks ticked to 6.27pmm on the evening of 11 June 1955, was forever.'”
The worst crash in motor racing history – killing more than 80 people – was produced by a ferocious and haunting combination of circumstances: nationalism, raw speed, the nature of a 24-hour race, and chance. This is why and how it happened.