This fantastic footage was shot onboard a Jaguar D-Type being driven by Mike Hawthorn in 1956. It’s an great look at the Le Mans circuit as it was in 1956, it’s strange to see cyclists and civilian motorists out on the road – in fact Mike nearly wipes a couple of them out during the filming of this segment.

The sound of the D-Type hammering around the circuit with Hawthorn’s proper British accent explaining the layout of the track and each corner is an incredible automotive time machine. If you haven’t hit the play button above, I recommend you do – just make sure you have your volume on.

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Mike Hawthorn - Le Mans

Ben Branch Profile Picture Silodrome - Onboard With Mike Hawthorn - Le Mans 1956
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Ben Branch has had his work featured on CNN, Popular Mechanics, the official Smithsonian Magazine, Road & Track Magazine, the official Pinterest blog, the official eBay Motors blog, BuzzFeed, and many more.

Silodrome was founded by Ben back in 2010, in the years since the site has grown to become a world leader in the alternative and vintage motoring sector, with millions of readers around the world and hundreds of thousands of followers on social media.

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