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24 Hours-Le Mans-1955-Hawthorn-Bueb

British driver Mike Hawthorn (L) and his teammate Ivor Bueb (R) celebrate in their Jaguar D-Type on Le Mans racetrack, as they have won the 23th edition of the 24 hours of Le Mans race, on June 12, 1955. The 23th edition of the endurance race was marked by the terrible crash that killed 82 persons, in which French pilot Pierre Levegh, and injured 77 others. In terms of human toll, it is the most catastrophic accident in motorsports history. / AFP PHOTO

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In this photo print, we are transported back to the historic Le Mans racetrack on June 12,1955. British driver Mike Hawthorn and his teammate Ivor Bueb are seen jubilantly celebrating their victory in the 23rd edition of the grueling 24 hours of Le Mans race. The duo sits proudly inside their sleek Jaguar D-Type, basking in the glory of their remarkable achievement. However, behind this momentous triumph lies a tragic tale that forever scarred the history of motorsports. Just moments before Hawthorn and Bueb's victorious lap, an unimaginable disaster unfolded on the track. French pilot Pierre Levegh's catastrophic crash claimed the lives of 82 individuals and left another 77 injured – making it one of the deadliest accidents ever witnessed in racing. This poignant photograph serves as a stark reminder of both triumph and tragedy intertwined within motorsport's rich tapestry. It captures not only Hawthorn and Bueb's elation but also symbolizes resilience amidst adversity. As they revel in their hard-earned victory, they pay homage to those who lost their lives or were forever changed by that fateful day. Through this AFP image, we witness a snapshot frozen in time – a testament to human determination and passion for speed while acknowledging the profound impact such pursuits can have on our lives.

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