At 4pm on June 19 1966, two New Zealanders recorded one of the greatest sporting triumphs in the history of this country. Bruce McLaren and Chris Amon driving a Ford GT40 Mark II won the 34th running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Fifty years ago in this rugby-mad country, the event attracted significant, albeit brief news coverage. Today, you’d be hard pressed to find a sports journalist who would include this victory if asked to list the top 10 greatest…


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