It was destined to be the greatest endurance race of all time. Instead the 1955 Le Mans became the worst disaster in motor racing history.
On June 11th on the home straight, Stirling Moss's co-driver
Fangio, Pierre Levegh, Lance Macklin and future British World Champion
Mike Hawthorn became embroiled in a disaster of unprecedented scale. At 6.26pm a Mercedes 300 SLR smashed into the crowd causing an unimaginable death toll. Many believe this incident ruined both Hawthorn and Macklin's lives.
Deadliest Crash is the dramatic story of the day racing was changed forever. The carnage, seen through eye witness accounts, includes the stories of the survivors from the packed grandstands and members of the Mercedes and Jaguar teams at the heart of the disaster.
Photos courtesy of Dennis Chisholm, Paul Skilleter, and Nigel Webb.