Race To The Death/ 24 Hours Le Mans, France / 11-12 June 1955
The worst disaster in motorsport history. That’s how the 1955 Le Mans 24-hour race will always be recalled.
Not many will remember Mike Hawthorn’s skillful driving that day; only the sudden manoeuvre that led to the cause of the crash. Few will remember the victory being the Jaguar D-Type’s first big win; only that the race prompted Mercedes-Benz to retire from motor racing until 1989. And no-one will remember the many moments of brilliance around the circuit in those 24 hours; only the scores of lives lost.
The disaster stunned the world and led to some countries banning motor racing altogether – the crash was directly in front of a densely packed crowd protected by nothing more than a few hay bales. Our artwork depicts Hawthorn’s winning number-6 D-Type powering towards the stretch of track where it all went wrong…
About the Automobilist Fine Art Prints
The fine art prints depict unique moments in motorsport history, uniquely brought to life. Starting life as car illustrations, the team of artists then use the very latest CGI modelling techniques to build the cars from scratch – incorporating car photography to create the environments down to the very last detail. It’s automotive fine art like you’ve never seen before.