The le Mans 24 Hours, the People who Made it!


Serge Bellu


It would seem everything has been said and written about the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the history, starting with the first race in 1923.

No previous work has explored the personalities that have shaped the legendary race. Engineers, designers and – of course – drivers, these individuals are as much a part of the story as the cars.

Indeed, the race is an environment for collaboration and exchange of professional and human experience.In this context the contribution of different stakeholders provides a universal scale in the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

The birth of the race was made possible by an elite group consisting of individuals who have a direct or indirect role in the automotive industry. These famous and influential men give a special luster to the event.

In the second chapter of the book, the author emphasizes the role of engineers who take advantage of the event to experiment with new and innovative techniques, while artists, especially visual artists, find an opportunity to let free rein to their imagination in decorating the cars.

On the other hand, the enlightened and talented amateurs, called gentlemen-drivers, provide a unique panache to the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Not to mention the contribution of anonymous backstage workers such ss volunteers, commissioners, tracks marshals and doctors.

Serge Bellu is an expert in design and automotive history, frequent contributor to several magazines and the author of several books including “Abarth – The Rebirth” and “500 extraordinary cars – The adventure of the concept car.”