Paul Frere, the noted Belgian journalist, was a new recruit to the Jaguar team for 1956, and by lap two must have wished the ground had opened up and swallowed him ! He lost it in the Esses, causing team mate Fairman to swerve and collect De Portago's Ferrari. Two thirds of the works team out, with one lap completed.
Worse was to follow - team leader Hawthorn was plagued by a misfire, not traced, until he was out of contention, to a hairline crack in the fuel line.
To the rescue of the Jaguar cause came the singleton, earlier, short nosed, 1955 D type of Ecurie Ecosse, making their debut at Le Mans. Driven by Flockhart and Sanderson it ran out winner at 104.47 mph, much to the relief of Paul Frere, amongst others !