The 1955 Le Mans disaster occurred during the 1955 24 Hours of Le Mans motor race, when a crash caused large pieces of racing car debris to fly into the crowd. Eighty-three spectators and driver Pierre Levegh died at the scene and 120 more were injured in the most catastrophic accident in motorsport history.

The 1955 Le Mans disaster occurred during the 1955 24 Hours of Le Mans motor race, when a crash caused large pieces of racing car debris to fly into the crowd. Eighty-three spectators and driver Pierre Levegh died at the scene and 120 more were injured in the most catastrophic accident in motorsport history.

Austin Healey racing car involved in 1955 Le Mans disaster to sell for £1m | Mail Online

Austin-Healey racing car at centre of 1955 Le Mans disaster that killed 84 is set to sell for £1m

Austin Healey racing car involved in 1955 Le Mans disaster to sell for £1m | Mail Online

June 11, 1955 Lemans disaster. Spectators flee as the Mercedes-Benz exploded as it hit the grandstand. Parts of the wreckage were blown into the enclosure killing at least 80 people. The driver, Pierre Levegh, was killed outright. This was the biggest disaster at a motor racing circuit up to that time. Mercedes-Benz withdrew from all motor racing at the end of the 1955 season and didn't return until 1987.

June 11, 1955 Lemans disaster. Spectators flee as the Mercedes-Benz exploded as it hit the grandstand. Parts of the wreckage were blown into the enclosure killing at least 80 people. The driver, Pierre Levegh, was killed outright. This was the biggest disaster at a motor racing circuit up to that time. Mercedes-Benz withdrew from all motor racing at the end of the 1955 season and didn't return until 1987.

84 people dead Horrific 1955 Le Mans disaster completes 60 years today (1)

84 people dead Horrific 1955 Le Mans disaster completes 60 years today (1)

The aftermath of the 1955 Le Mans disaster in which 83 spectators were killed and 120 injured

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The aftermath of the 1955 Le Mans disaster in which 83 spectators were killed and 120 injured

Austin-Healey involved in racing’s worst crash now restored. Part of the 1955 Le Mans disaster that killed Mercedes driver Paul Levegh. - Road & Track

This restored Austin-Healey was in racing's most infamous crash

Austin-Healey involved in racing’s worst crash now restored. Part of the 1955 Le Mans disaster that killed Mercedes driver Paul Levegh. - Road & Track

79 people die in the worst tragedy in the history of motor racing - the Le Mans Disaster of 1955: http://www.britishpathe.com/video/le-mans-disaster

79 people die in the worst tragedy in the history of motor racing - the Le Mans Disaster of 1955: http://www.britishpathe.com/video/le-mans-disaster

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