The third of 2016’s FIVA Preservation Awards has been handed to a significant Le Mans racer at this year’s Le Mans Classic event
The Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens (or international federation of historic vehicles) has just crowned the 1966 Peugeot CD SP66 Le Mans racer with the third of this year’s Preservation Awards.
This eye-catching French Racing Blue racer pushed the boundaries of aerodynamics when it was entered in the 1966 Le Mans 24 Hours. It was designed by Charles Deutsch and Lucien Romani, and although it changed configuration a few times in period, it’s currently fitted with the most recognisable long-tail rear end – complete with fins.
Despite the fact the car failed to finish Le Mans in 1966 due to mechanical failure, it is well remembered and is currently in the possession of Peugeot’s museum, L’Aventure Peugeot Citroën DS. The award was presented on this occasion due to the fact it has been excellently preserved and is largely still in its original state.
It’s also an important car due to the fact that the aerodynamic development that went into it later influenced the more successful Matra racers of the late 1970s and 1970s.
FIVA President Patrick Rollet commented: ‘Although the car retired from the 1966 Le Mans race with clutch problems in the 6th hour, it nevertheless has immense historical interest due to its role as a testbed for new aerodynamic technologies.’ This follows on from the interesting ‘half and half’ Zagato-bodied Alfa Romeo prototype that took the ‘Best Preserved’ award at the recent Villa d’Este concours.
This year FIVA is celebrating its 50th anniversary with World Motoring Heritage Year 2016 – a FIVA initiative to which UNESCO has granted its official patronage. At the end of the year, a special event in Paris on 17 November will bring together all of the winners at UNESCO’s headquarters for a final celebration of the work FIVA has done over the last 50 years.