The Porsche marque is synonymous with Le Mans, having competed in every single running of the 24-hour race since 1951. The streamlined 356 model entered in 1951 ran like clockwork to 20th place, beating the coveted record for the shortest time spent in the pits. Since that memorable debut, Porsche has won outright at Le Mans 16 times, with a record series of seven consecutive victories from 1981 to 1987. This beautifully designed and extensively illustrated book provides the definitive history of Porsche's participation at La Sarthe, chronicling the exploits of both the works team cars and privateer entries.
Glen Smale is a talented researcher and writer on automotive subjects with a special interest in Porsche. His books for Haynes include Porsche 917: The Definitive History, Porsche: The Carrera Dynasty and Jaguar E-type: Portrait of a Design Icon, for which he received the Laurin and Klement 'Design Writer of the Year' award in 2007 from the Guild of Motoring Writers.