The third man/ The Ed Hugus Story... After their unsuccessful first try in 1964, Ford again started at Le Mans to beat Ferrari. But the GT40 wasn't really race ready. Soon after midnight Ford lost all cars. But also the other manufacturers were unlucky. Ferrari lost all factory cars until Sunday morning. 2 private Ferrari 250LM made the game. Pierre Dumay's Belgian yellow car led the NART 250LM of Jochen Rindt / Masten Gregory. The NART Ferrari had lost time struggling with ignition problem, Masten stopped Jochen from giving up. Soon after 13:00, the Belgian Ferrari had approximately one minute over the American one, but Rindt was driving 12 seconds per lap faster. But Jochens drivingstyle was material killing. So it was believed that he won't finish. As the leader needed only one refueling stop to finish the race while the NART car would have to stop twice, a close finish was expected. Then, a tire began to deflate on the leading car, and soon disintegrated, destroying a large part of the thin aluminum rear bodywork. The Belgians lost 5 laps. This was more than enough for Rindt/Gregory. Many years later some interesting details get up... During the night it was dangerous to drive. Fog & grilling smoke worsened the sight on the long Mulsanne straight. Masten stopped in the lonely pits, because he saw nothing. Gregory wore very thick glasses. The stop wasn't planned & the crew searched Jochen. Rindt couldn't be found while sleeping somewhere. So team owner Luigi Chinetti had a idea. He gave Gregory's helmet to Ed Hugus, the relief driver & send him "back" in the cockpit. But it wasn't allowed. Hugus made a solid drive. He got out of the car, when Jochen was located. Luckily no one of the race officials noticed that, which should have caused a disqualification. Luigi told this later to the ACO, but they weren't interested. Ed never made public claims on this story, which was revealed only in late 2000s, when after his death one of his fans made public a letter
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