Sport: Circus at Le Mans

The classic test for sports cars is the 24-hour race at Le Mans. It is also the race the professionals dislike most. "I hate Le Mans," growls Britain's Stirling Moss. "It's not a race but a circus." Three hundred thousand spectators flock to Le Mans, spend more than $1,000,000 on other amusements as the sports cars roar over public roads through the 24-hour grind. They roam through 500-odd fair stands, quaff more than 100,000 liters of wine, beer and soft drinks, watch professional wrestling matches just 50 yards from the track, ogle strippers and snake dancers, cram all-night dance halls and,...

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