Jean Guichet and Hans Herrmann, “Gentleman Winners” of the 24 Hours of Le Mans |

Born in 1927 and 1928, four and five years after 24 Hours, respectively, Jean Guichet and Hans Herrmann were great animators of the 1950s, 60s and 70s, winning one each. Both also have in common that they are associated with the brands that made them legendary. The first is a Ferrari, the second is a Porsche. Trained baker Hans Herrmann only knew Porsche for 14 years (1953-1970). ), and quickly became one of the key figures in the rise of German manufacturers in Sarthe. Together with Jean Behra, he signed the brand’s first podium in the general category with a category victory. Marseille-based shipyard owner Jean Guichet is the perfect incarnation of an amateur pilot who runs his business for fun… and his talents have made him a factory pilot for one of the most legendary brands in motorsport history. The Victory of Ferrari Jean Guichet After three first appearances and many retirements in 1956, 1957 (Gordini) and 1960 (Fiat Abart), the history of Jean Guiset and Ferrari began in 1961. Pierre Noblet. In 1961 and 1962 the French duo signed two consecutive category victories, with third and second overall respectively. However, in 1963 their third and final joint 24 hours ended in retirement. “I had a good relationship with Enzo Ferrari. Marseille remembers. He noticed me because I was racing on the wheels of a Ferrari I bought as a customer. » Here in 1964 he worked as a factory pilot on a prototype 275 P in the company of his new teammate, Sicilian Nino Vaccarella, professor of mathematics at a private university in Palermo and another high-flying amateur pilot. They won the race at 4,695 km (average 195 km/h), setting a new distance record, eighth of nine horse victories and the last for Works Ferrari. However, his next three appearances at Ferrari (1965, 66, 67) ended in many retirements. During this time he suffered injuries to Porsche under the direction of Ferry Porsche’s nephew, Ferdinand Piech, who was aiming for a championship in the general category. After retiring in 1968 (his 908 was qualified for pole position by his colleague Jo Siffert), the Stuttgart pastry chef experienced the worst and the best in the next two editions. In 1969, the 908 shared with Gérard Larrousse took the lead in three hours at the finish line, but on the final lap Herrmann was overtaken by Jacky Ickx, who returned from behind the peloton while walking in his car during departure. ! The following year, Hans Herrmann, his British teammate Richard Attwood and the #23 Porsche 917K won an apocalyptic race in the rain, numerous mechanical breakdowns and other road accidents. But this Porsche’s first victory is also the last race for a German driver. Here he is now obliged to keep the promise he made to his wife (slightly lightly, he admitted) to retire if Sarthe wins! For this event on the Matra Prototype, he was reunited with Nino Vaccarella, who he explicitly requested as a member of the team in 1969. Six years later, his last 24-hour participation was a milestone. He was driving the first BMW “Art Car” line. It was started by auctioneer and gentleman driver Hervé Poulain and is associated with Jean Guichet and American Sam Posey. The car adorned by Alexander Calder should be abandoned. The first drivers to lead a Porsche to a Le Mans victory, Hans Herrmann and Richard Attwood regularly attend the brand’s major historical events, while Jean Guichet was a member of the jury at the 2016 Concours d’Elegance de Chantilly. And for all of them, the victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans was the pinnacle of their career. PHOTO: Le Mans (Sarte, France), CIRCUIT DE 24 HEURES, 24 HOURS OF LE MANS at Le Mans – top to bottom (DR / ACO ARCHIVES): 917 wheel with Porsche’s first victory in the 24 Hours in 1970 with Hans Herrmann and Richard Attwood; In 1961, Jean Guichet took his first podium with this Ferrari 250 GT. In 1969 Herrmann (Porsche n°64) and Guichet (Matra n°32) both finished in the top five at the 37th 24 Hours of Le Mans.
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