From the Motor Sport archive.
Reims, France, July 3rd/4th.
Coming rather soon after the Le Mans 24-hour race neither Ford nor Ferrari were interested in taking part in the 12 hour race at Reims; so it turned into a glorified Club meeting for private owners and an opportunity for non-works people to share the winnings. Main contenders were Luigi Chinette with his Le Mans Prototype Ferrari with 4.4-litre engine, with single o.h.c. to each bank, and Ronnie Hoare with a similar car. Pedro Rodriguez and Frenchman Jean Guichet shared the N.A.R.T. car and Surtees and Parkes shared the British entered car. Also entered by Maranello Concessionaires of Bournemouth was their last year's Prototype, a PI model, fitted with a 4-litre V12 engine. Possible opposition to these three could only come from four Ferrari 275LM coupés, these being Piper's with Attwood co-driving, two yellow Belgian ones of Mairesser/"Beurlys" and Dumay/Gosselin and a red one for Langlois and Annie Soisbault. The GT category was a foregone conclusion for the Alan Mann Cobra coupés driven by Bondurant/Schlesser and Sears/Whitmore, with possible opposition from the Willmont Cobra driven by Gardner/Ireland.