Mont Ventoux Hill Climb

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Mont Ventoux Hill Climb is a car and motorcycle hillclimbing race course near Avignon in France. The course, up Mont Ventoux, starts from the village of Bédoin and rises 5,289 feet (1,612 m) for 13.4 miles (21.6 km),[1] to the observatory at the summit, for an average gradient of 7.4%.

In 1970: "Andre Willem of Belgium was killed June 20 in practice for the Mont Ventoux Hill Climb near Carpentras. His Lotus Formula 3 car slid off the road and struck a tree." [2]

A shortened version of the course was used in 1976. A revival meeting called "Ronde du Ventoux" was held in 2009.

Winners of the Mont Ventoux Hill Climb[edit]

Year Driver Vehicle Time Speed Notes
1902 France Paul Chauchard Panhard et Levassor 70 HP 27m 17s.
1903 France Denjean Richard-Brasier 40 HP 25m 25s.
1904 France Henri Rougier Turcat-Méry 21m 12.6s
1905 Italy Alessandro Cagno Fiat 19m 30s. [3]
1906 France Collomb Rochet-Schneider 24m 40s. Sept 15/16.
1907 France Henri Rougier Lorraine-Dietrich 20m 14s. Sept 14/15.
1908 France Paul Bablot Brasier 120 HP 19m 8.8s.
1909 France Paul Bablot Brasier 120 HP 18m 41s.
1910 France Georges Boillot Peugeot Lion 21m 30.4s.
1911 France Georges Deydier Cottin et Desgouttes 21m 10.6s. 65.598 km/h [4]
1912 France Georges Boillot Peugeot L76 17m 46s.
1913 France Georges Boillot Peugeot 17m 38s.
1921 France Paul Bablot Voisin 3L 20m 27.6s.
1922 France René Thomas Delage Sprint 18m 58s.
1923 France René Thomas Delage Sprint 18m 18s. [5]
1924 France Albert Divo Delage DH 18m 17.8s.
1925 France Albert Divo Delage Sprint II 17m 23.2s.
1926 No event.
1927 France Jourdan Salmson 1100 19m 52.6s
1928 France René Lamy Bugatti T35C 16m 45.2s
1929 France Marcel Lanciano Bugatti T37A 18m 38.4.s
1930 France Pierre Rey Bugatti T35C 17m 38s.
1931 Germany Rudolf Caracciola Mercedes-Benz SSKL 15m 22s.
1932 Germany Rudolf Caracciola Alfa Romeo Monza 15m 12.4s.
1933 United Kingdom Whitney Straight Maserati 8CM 14m 31.6s. [6]
1934 Germany Hans Von Stuck Auto Union Type A 13m 38.8s. Sept 16.
1935 Cancelled.
1936 France René Carrière [7] Delahaye 135 14m 52.4s. 87.135 km/h
1947 France "Claude des Tages" Cisitalia D46 16m 38.8s. 77.853 km/h
1948 France Robert Manzon Simca-Gordini T11 14m 30.4s. [8]
1949 France Maurice Trintignant Simca-Gordini T11 14m 3.6s. 92.176 km/h
1950 France Robert Manzon Simca-Gordini T15 13m 21.4s 97.030 km/h [9] July 9.
1951 No event.
1952 France Robert Manzon Simca-Gordini T15 13m 17.7s. 97.480 km/h [10] July 27.
1956 France Cotton Mercedes-Benz 14m 1.6s. 92.395 km/h [11] July 29.
1957 Switzerland Willy Daetwyler Maserati 200S 12m 39.5s 102.383 km/h [12] June 30.
1958 France Jean Behra Porsche 1500RSK 12m 9.8s 106.549 km/h [13] June 29.
1959 West Germany Edgar Barth Porsche RSK 12m 16.8s. [14] June 28.
1960 France Maurice Trintignant Cooper T43-Climax 11m 51.8s. [15] June 12.
1961 West Germany Heini Walter Porsche RS61 12m 9.8s. [16] June 25; 13.42 miles.
1962 Italy Ludovico Scarfiotti Ferrari 196 SP 11m 28.8s. 112.521 km/h [17] June 17.
1963 West Germany Heini Walter Porsche RS 11m 50s. 109.521 km/h [18] June 23.
1964 France Maurice Trintignant BRM P57 11m 17.2s. [19] June 14.
1965 West Germany Hans Herrmann Abarth 2000 SP 11m 16.5s. R 114.944 km/h [20]
1966 West Germany Gerhard Mitter Porsche Carrera 6 10m 44.0s. R [21] June 26; 21.6 km
1967 West Germany Rolf Stommelen Porsche 910 Bergspyder 10m 53.9s. [22] June 18.
1968 West Germany Gerhard Mitter Porsche 910 Bergspyder 10m 12.1s. [23] Sept 22.
1969 Switzerland Peter Schetty Ferrari 212 E Montagna 10m 0.5s. R 129.492 km/h
1970 Austria Johannes Ortner Abarth 3000 10m 4.8s. 128.571 km/h
1971 France Jimmy Mieusset Pygmée MDB15-Ford 10m 14.3s.
1972 Switzerland Xavier Perrot March 722-Ford 9m 51.5s. 131.552 km/h
1973 France Jimmy Mieusset March 722-Ford 9m 3.6s.
1974 No event.
1975 No event.
1976 France Jimmy Mieusset March 762-BMW 6m 11s. 149.163 km/h (15.4 km)

Key: R = Course Record.

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Road & Track, January 2010, Page 90.
  2. ^ Oregonian, June 30, 1970, Page 42.
  3. ^ For 1905-1907 see: International Motor Cyclopaedia, Year Book-March 1908 to March 1909, Pages 110-111, Publisher: E.E. Schwarzkopf, New York.
  4. ^ Road & Track, January 2010, Page 90.
  5. ^ Cyril Posthumus, The Roaring Twenties, An Album of Early Motor Racing, Page 42, Blandford Press, 1980.
  6. ^ For list of previous winners see: Motor Sport, October 1933, Page 572.
  7. ^ Motor Sport, December 1936, Page 29.
  8. ^ Motor Sport, November 1948, Page 467.
  9. ^ Motor Sport, December 1950, Page 616.
  10. ^ Motor Sport, January 1953, Page 11.
  11. ^ Motor Sport, January 1957, Page 15.
  12. ^ Motor Sport, January 1958, Page 22.
  13. ^ Motor Sport, January 1959, Page 31.
  14. ^ Motor Sport, January 1960, Page 20.
  15. ^ Motor Sport, January 1961, Page 19.
  16. ^ Automobile Year, No. 9, 1961-1962, Page 212.
  17. ^ Automobile Year, No. 10, 1962-1963, Page 241. Scarfiotti was European Hill Climb Champion in 1962.
  18. ^ Motor Sport, February 1964, Page 92.
  19. ^ Motor Sport, August 1964, Page 812. Edgar Barth won the Championship class in a Porsche Prototype Flat 8.
  20. ^ Motor Sport, September 1965, Page 748.
  21. ^ The Autocar, July 1, 1966, Page 51; Motor Sport, January 1967, Page 37.
  22. ^ Motor Sport, January 1968, Page 31.
  23. ^ Motor Sport, January 1969, Page 34.

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

  • Daily Telegraph: [1]
  • History in French:[2]