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1961
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The great-grandfather of today's racing games, elements of Le Mans are clearly evident in games like Formula Dé. Le Mans offers the choice of twelve different car specifications that detail the number of spaces the car travels in each gear and which gears the cars can safely negotiate turns. Also, the different car types have different braking characteristics.

The game includes two tracks printed on the same board, Monte Carlo and Le Mans. Each track is only two lanes wide, and the spaces on the track are only a half-car-length, so a car takes up two spaces at once.

The cars move in order of track position. Each turn, a car may either remain in the same gear, shift up one gear, or shift down according to the car's specifications. It must then move the exact number of spaces required by the particular model of car in the specified gear.

When cornering, if a car exceeds the gear specified for the particular model of car, it must "take a chance." The driver must roll the die to determine if the car safely cornered, spun out, crashed, or damaged the car such that a pit stop is required. If a car spins out, a "wet track" marker is placed on the corner, subsequently requiring all cars to roll for a chance when going through it.

If a car is blocked and cannot move the entire number of spaces required (and the car has no more hard braking left and cannot down shift enough), the cars collide. Collisions require that the involved cars make a pit stop for repairs.

Optional rules include guidelines for slipstreaming, over-revving to move an extra space, and details of team, solo, and timed play, and "Le Mans-style" starts.

The game is a revised version of Wright-Mudge Enterprises' Grand Prix: A Sports Car Racing Game.

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from The Avalon Hill Company History, 1980

Le Mans (1961) Revised 1965, Discontinued 1971
Freelance design revised by Avalon Hill
Designed by Rodney Mudge and Scott Wright

The company's first venture into the realm of sports, LE MANS was actually one of the better games of its day but suffered from lackluster sales. The second edition consisted of a set of new car specifications on blue card stock.


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8 LeMans Origional Rules
The original unmodified rules.
English
2014-07-26
7 Racing Hints for LeMans, from GENERAL Vol.2 No.2
It is laborious to find this article on Archive.org, so I've excerpted the article by Jared Johnson and uploaded it in a much more readable format. Enjoy!
English
2013-10-02
2 Track Record Sheet
My own re-typesetting of the original Track Record Sheet, trying to keep the look and spacing of the original.
English
2013-10-02
4 Original and New Chance Tables
I put the Original and Ken Hoffman's Chance Tables side-by-side for easy comparison and reference.
English
2013-10-02
5 Beige Cards
I combined all the Beige Cards into one PDF page.
English
2013-10-02
2 LeMans_Alt_Chance_Table_July_1965
There is an Alternate Chance Table in this article from the now public domain magazine The Avalon Hill General July 1965 page 7 col 1. This Alternate Chance Table allocates higher risk to the Hairpin turn.
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2010-07-12
3 UPLOAD: LeMans Track Record Sheet
Many thanks to Jeff Meyers for uploading a scanned copy of the Record Sheet that came with the game. I have cleaned this form up a bit and offer my improved version for the enjoyment of LeMans players. LeMans has long been out of print, and to the best of my knowledge, there is no source from which Record Sheets can be purchased.
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2009-05-30
2 LeMans Record Sheet (scanned)
LeMans Record Sheet (scanned)
2009-01-13
5 LeMans Cars Specs (Blue)
This .xls file uses the same template as the original (beige) spec card file. I assume the cards were released with the revised LeMans edition. Only the Porsche (#9) car spec is the same.
2008-08-31
10 Modified Rules for LeMans
During the time that LeMans was in print, the Avalon Hill Game Company published at least two sets of rules. Not only were there inconsistencies between these rules, but even within each set, there were ambiguities and contradictions. This is an effort to integrate the best features from each set of rules and incorporate refinements of my own. In addition, I have re-written the rules in their entirety to make them as clear and succinct as possible. This is a work in progress, and I welcome constructive critcism and suggestions that will lead to further improvements in the play of this classic game.
2008-08-17
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