Sport: Speed & Suspense

In les vingt-quatre heures, the great 24-hour endurance test at Le Mans, France last week had everything that 250,000 paying spectators could have asked of an auto race: spectacular speed right from the start, heart-stopping suspense, and, almost inevitably, sudden death on the treacherous track.

Britain's Champion Stirling Moss whirled out of the pits and whirled into the lead with his dark green Aston Martin, hoping to con the whole team of Ferraris into giving chase. Last year this stunt made wrecks of the bright red Italian cars; they burned out before they...