1963 24 Hours of Le Mans: Cut but Still Fighting
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| Andre Simon's experiences at Le Mans were absolutely heart-wrenching. Consistently fast every time he took part in the famed race, he always seemed to come away bloodied, beaten and bitterly disappointed. Still, he would always come back for more, never letting the infamous race get the better of him. But after a while, one would have to ask whether or not it was worth it. Well, right from the start of the 1963 24 Hours of Le Mans Simon would face that question and would provide a resounding answer.
Simon didn't fail to finish every single one of his attempts at the famed 24 Hours of Le Mans, but he couldn't have come much closer to achieving that feat. With the exception of the 1952 running of the 24 hour race, Simon would fail to finish every single Le Mans he would enter. In some cases it seemed as if the only race he couldn't finish was Le Mans, or, that he was purposely trying to retire early from the race. But the one thing Simon never failed at at Le Mans was being fast.
In his very first Le Mans experience, Simon would take a Delahaye 175 and would end up setting the fastest lap of the race with a time just four-tenths off of the track record at that time. This was certainly impressive for a man making his debut at the circuit.
The fact he was always fast, and that he had a motor racing resume that included driving for the Scuderia Ferrari Formula One team and Mercedes-Benz in both its sportscars and Formula One, Simon would always seem to draw the best rides with some of the best co-drivers in the world. Still, it would not be enough to help Simon finish just his second Le Mans.
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