Jaguar D Type onboard lap at Le Mans (1956), with Mike Hawthorn
Carrying on with the onboard Le Mans series, this is some amazing footage (not rare anymore though) of Mike Hawthorn describing a Le Mans lap — with traffic on the road! Obviously he couldn’t go flat out, but the traffic factor just adds to the vintage feeling that this isn’t going to happen anymore.
Porsche 936 onboard lap, at Le Mans 1977, driven by Jurgen Barth.
I’m not entirely sure if I had posted this before or not, but here it goes anyway. It’s worth watching at least once every day.
It’s absoluting stunning to watch these race at speeds that could embarass F1 cars today. On the long straights, these were often clocked at 370+ km/h, and if you need some sort of visual comparison, just watch the video from 1m20s — those are 911 Carreras RSR with more than 350bhp and they’re overtaken as if they were bikes.
This awesome onboard footage was suggested to me by petrolhead and it’s definitely worth taking a close look. Ari Vatanen drives the Opel Manta 400 like a missile, on roads which are just barely wider than the car itself.
He nearly lost it at 1m38s in a very bumpy corner, which made his co-pilot forget about the notes he had to give and express a “Dear God…” instead.
Also notice the amount of steering inputs necessary to keep the car straight in every step of the way. Vatanen was one of the Men.