1983 Canon Porsche 956 at Le Mans
Dug from the archives... another Le Mans 24-Hour ‘panned-not-blurred’ racing shot; this time in monochrome of a Canon Porsche 956 at the 1983 race, taken again with a Leica M4/P and 90mm Summicron lens on Agfapan 400. There is an excellent colour portfolio of images and detailed history of this car here.
As with the previously posted Martini Porsche colour shot, I was stood on the inside of the track just after the Terre Rouge corner which is the start of the long Mulsanne Straight, well-known for most of the year as the D338 main road between the cities of Le Mans in the Sarthe département and Tours in the Indre-et-Loire. Originally 10.5 miles in length, the circuit has been changed frequently over the years for safety reasons and is now down to 8.45 miles (13.6 kms) per lap. All of the circuit changes have been documented here.
From Wikiwand... Le Mans was most famous for its 6 km (3.7 mile) long straight, called the Ligne Droite des Hunaudières, a part of the route départementale D338 (formerly Route Nationale N138). As the Hunaudières leads to the village of Mulsanne, it is often called the “Mulsanne Straight” in English, which is actually incorrect.
Two roughly equally spaced roundabouts were added to the long straight before the 1990 race because speeds by the Group C prototype cars reached over 400 km/h (250 mph) during the late 1980s! The fastest lap ever was achieved this year by an Audi R18 e-tron Quattro timed at 3 min 17.475 secs for the lap at a staggering average speed of 248.459 km/h or 155 mph... on what are essentially public roads, but closed for practice and the race!
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