Snapshot, 1957: Preparing for the Le Mans 23 Hours

‘To finish first, first you must finish’ is the old adage – a fact the drivers of this handsome Ferrari were reminded of during the final stages of arguably the world’s toughest endurance race…

Celebrated motorsport photographer and cameraman Jesse Alexander pans his handheld cine-camera into the cockpit of the blue-and-red number 27 Ferrari 500 TRC, shortly before the start of the 1957 24 Hours of Le Mans. Driven by French privateer duo Fernand Tavano and Jacques Péron, the 1985cc four-cylinder sports-racer failed to finish the race, however, retiring with engine problems on lap 235, in the 23rd hour. A second Ferrari 500 TRC, entered by the Belgian Ecurie Francorchamps team, finished seventh overall, scoring a class victory.

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