Lotus's first attempt at Le Mans was this year, with the second streamlined version of Colin Chapman's sports-racers, the Mk IX.
Chapman elected to drive himself, along wth the experienced Ron Flockhart, who was to acheive great success in the two following years, co-driving the winning Jaguar D type on both occasions.1955 was the year of the catastrophic accident involving Levegh's Mercedes, and Colin Chapman had to pick his way through the wreckage seconds after it happened.
Whether his concentration was disturbed by the awful crash or not, he contrived to go off at Arnage into the sandbank immediately afterwards. He dug it out in a short time, but 3 hours later he did the same thing again on the same corner. This time he reversed out of the sandbank before the marshall had given permission, and he was instantly disqualifiied.