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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • A city of northwest France west-southwest of Paris. Settled in pre-Roman times, it is famous for its annual (since 1906) 24-hour sports car races. Population: 144,000.

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  • proper n. A city in France, and capital of the department of Sarthe
  • proper n. A contraction of The 24 Hours of Le Mans, an annual 24-hour motor race held near Le Mans.


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  • Chalk up the victories to the genius of the team's young racing manager, Enzo Ferrari (who called Le Mans "the Race of Truth" and would go on to launch his own company after World War II) and a brilliant pilot named Luigi Chinetti, who won in 1934 in a beautiful 8C (meaning eight cylinders).

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  • Not only did the Germans occupy France in World War II, they headquartered their Seventh army in Le Mans, which is more than 100 miles southwest of Paris.

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  • The oldest painted picture-window that has survived the action of time is one representing the Ascension in the cathedral of Le Mans, which is believed by many antiquarians to be a work of the late eleventh century.

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  • Junqueira is not racing full time in IndyCar, instead driving in American Le Mans.

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  • He is expected to be arraigned tomorrow morning in Miami, however, a man who answered Castroneves 'cell phone told Access that the star is currently in Le Mans, which is believed to be a reference to a race of the same name held in Atlanta. Top headlines

  • These so-called "Le Mans stripes" or "rally stripes" were actually offered as an option on the original Shelbys, but the look was so distinctive that they are now synonymous with the Shelby brand.

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  • But racing movies--even definitive ones such as Le Mans and Grand Prix--are not necessarily the most thrilling car flicks.

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  • He fights hard for his corner, as we've all seen, and many times I've seen him drive brilliant, quadruple stints in the night at Le Mans which is down to his stamina and focus. NASCAR* news

  • If my luck holds, I'll be in France, at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, pulling for the Peugeot 908 HYbrid4, a diesel-electric hybrid prototype that was unveiled in Geneva and may run at the Great Race this summer.

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  • At an Automobile Club de l'Ouest press conference in Le Mans to promote the new FIA World Endurance Championship yesterday, Todt refused to answer any questions about the Bahrain Grand Prix.

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