This weekend the famed 24 Heures du Mans endurance race, or Le Mans in local parlance, will kick off in France.

In honor of the occasion we present this classic snap of the 1959 race, which saw an amazing victory for Aston Martin and its DRB1 race cars (car #s 6 and 5, above), capturing first and second places and leaving a legion of Ferrari 250 GTs and more in the dust.

On June 11 the famed 24 Heures du Mans endurance race kicks off in France

This year’s entry from Aston, the AMR-One (below) looks quite a bit different but the storied British marque is hoping for a similar result.

On style points they’re already well ahead in our book.

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