Ride along with Jurgen Barth for a lap around Le Mans in 1977

His Porsche 936 exceeds 200 mph on the long Mulsanne Straight

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On April 10, we shared in-car video as British racer Mike Hawthorne drove his Jaguar D-type around the Le Mans racing circuit in 1956. Today, we jump ahead a couple of decades with in-car video from 1977 as German racer Jurgen Barth takes his Porsche 936 around the circuit.

While the circuit is similar, except for the revised entry to the pit-area straightaway, one big difference between the videos — except that Hawthorne speaks in English and Barth in German — is that the track is closed except to racers during Barth’s lap, which is taken a full speed. 

The only traffic Barth encounters is slower racers that he almost inhales as he soars past them, reaching well above 200 mph on the long Mulsanne Straight. 


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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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