We’ve unearthed captivating British Pathé footage of another of Rodríguez’s sports car triumphs, at Le Mans in 1968. Rodríguez had yet to win the Le Mans 24 Hours race in 10 attempts, and had only finished it once. Yet this time, paired with Lucien Bianchi, he faced down the Porsches in the classic Gulf Oil Ford GT40 and took the win.
It is a fascinating look into how the La Sarthe race once was. Some of it was very different to today; some of it – tricky weather and packed tribunes – very familiar.
In another partial nod to now, this race was postponed from its usual June slot to September due to civil unrest in France, thus increasing the night running by a few hours. Not that this, nor tricky weather, would have worried Rodríguez.