Hamilton, Rolt partied overnight before winning Le Mans

In video interview, Hamilton says drivers had been told their car was disqualified so the Courvoisier flowed

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Duncan Hamilton talks in this video about how he and Tony Rolt had been told their car had been disqualified, so they retired to a French bistro on the eve of the Le Mans race. 

They were still there in the morning.

In the video, Hamilton recalls Williams Lyons pulled up to the bistro and informing his drivers that he had paid a 25£ fine and the car was back in the race.

Hamilton and Rolt then faced hours of black coffee and hot baths before the 4 p.m. race start of the 24-hour race, which they won in record-setting form.


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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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