Auto Racing: An Affair of Honor

Nothing intrigues a Frenchman like an affair of honor. Last week in the farming town of Le Mans, France, 250,000 spectators turned out to watch a duel to the death.

The weapons were in keeping with the times: automobiles. The battle ground was the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the world's toughest, most famous auto race, the one the French themselves call "La Ronde Infernale." The combatants: Italy's canny old Enzo Ferrari, whose heraldic emblem, a rampant black stallion, has been the proudest marque in racing for more than a decade; and the...

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