Video: Jaguar D-Type laps Le Mans in 1956

D-TypeThis is it – the best video you’ll see all day. Made in 1956, it’s 1955 Le Mans champion, Mike Hawthorn, giving you live commentary on a lap of La Sarthe while thrashing a Jaguar D-Type. The best bit? This isn’t race day, so there are cyclists, lorries, and cars wobbling into his path…

And while Hawthorn’s got a pretty respectable lick on, he spends most of the film calmly explaining how much faster he’d be driving on race day. Into a mic the size of a brick. Which is dangling round his neck… A close second to Climb Dance for Best Old Car Clip in the History of Time?

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