A curious decision by the Automobile Club de France resulted in the French Grand Prix taking place at Le Mans on this day in 1967, but on the track’s new  Bugatti layout.

Unfortunately, 4.4 km twisty circuit hardly exuded the splendor of Reims, Rouen or Clermont Ferrand, and it left most drivers thoroughly unimpressed.

The race nevertheless produced some good dicing, with Jack Brabham onboard his eponymous BT24 emerging as the day’s winner after mechanical issues sidelined the Lotus machines of Jim Clark and Graham Hill, as well as Dan Gurney’s Eagle.

Brabham’s teammate and future world champion Denny Hulme and BRM’s Jackie Stewart completed the podium on the only F1 race ever held at Le Mans.

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