Soon after the start the poor handling of the 917 and the inexperience of the driver resulted in a drama: the death of British driver John Woolfe on lap 1 when his private Porsche 917 crashed at Maison Blanche. Woolfe was killed, probably due the fact that he had not bothered to put on his safety belt. This was likely done because of the style of the traditional start used at Le Mans until that year, in which drivers were required to run across the track to their cars, climb in and get it started as quickly as possible to pull away from the grid. Woolfe likely sacrificed strapping his safety belts in order to gain a better start.
The nearly full fuel tank from Woolfe's car became dislodged and landed in front of the oncoming Ferrari 312P of Chris Amon. Amon ran over it, causing it to explode under his car, which led to his retirement. The race was stopped for 2 hours due to these two first lap incidents, but was eventually restarted.
1970 - A Year To Remember - John Wyer's Gulf Porsche 917 team
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Indy 500 - 1982 - Gordon Smiley fatal crash
In 1982, record speeds were being set during qualification for the 1982
Indianapolis 500. Both Kevin Cogan and Rick Mears set new single lap and
4-lap records in their attempts.
Smiley went out for a qualifying attempt an hour later. On the second warm
up lap his car began to oversteer while rounding the third turn, causing
the car to slightly slide. When Smiley steered right to correct this, the
front wheels gained grip suddenly, sending his car directly across the
track and into the wall nose first at nearly 200 mph (320 km/h). The impact
shattered and completely disintegrated the March chassis, causing the fuel
tank to explode, and sent debris — including Smiley's exposed body —
tumbling hundreds of feet across the short-chute connecting turns 3 and 4.
Smiley died instantly from massive trauma inflicted by the severe impact.
His death was the first at Indy since 1973, and to date, the last driver to
die during qualifying.
CART medical director Steve Olvey discussed the crash in his autobiography,
Rapid Response while on staff:
F1 - 1955 Monaco GP - Ascari Accident
At the start Fangio managed to get ahead at the first corner and was
followed by Castellotti, Moss and Ascari. Farina was an early casualty with
a damaged wheel which needed replacing. Castellotti was able to hold off
Moss for the first five laps but by then Fangio was too far ahead for Moss
to be able to catch him. Ascari scrambled past Castellotti but the two
began to battle and Behra joined in and it was the Frenchman who finally
emerged ahead. Castellotti had to pit because of a deflating tire and Behra
had to call in for more oil.
Then Fangio stopped, the victim of a broken axle. Moss remained in the lead
until the closing laps when his engine blew up. At almost the same moment
Ascari, perhaps distracted by Moss's problems, crashed at the chicane and
went straight into the harbor, through hay bales and sandbags. Fortunately
he was not hurt and soon popped up and swan to safety. This left
Trintignant in the lead and although Castelotti tried hard to catch him,
the Frenchman came home the winner. Castellotti was second with Maserati's
Cesare Perdisa third in Behra's car, the two men having switched cars in
mid-race when Behra hit trouble.
Le Mans - 1972 - Jo Bonnier fatal crash
Jo Bonnier was involved in an accident on the straight between Mulsanne
Corner and Indianapolis at Le Mans in 1972 when his open-top Lola-Cosworth
T280 collided with a Ferrari Daytona driven by a Swiss amateur driver
Florian Vetsch. His car was catapulted into the trees and he was killed.
Fellow racer Vic Elford saw the Ferrari burning furiously, and pulled his
Alfa Romeo Tipo 33 over to the right side of the track and ran across the
track to the Ferrari, opening the door, attempting to get Vetsch out. But
Vetsch had already gotten out of the car and was on the side of the track
where Elford had parked his Alfa. Elford saw Vetsch and then saw the
wreckage of Bonnier's yellow Lola in the woods next to the track. According
to Elford, the last he saw of Bonnier's Lola was that it was "spinning into
the trees like a helicopter". Elford later handed off his Alfa to Helmut
Marko, but the gearbox froze solid and they dropped out of the race. Elford
later said "it was the first time in my racing career I'm glad my car
Jimmy Fords Fatal Crash
Rally car racing up the side of the Grand Mesa in Grand Junction, Colorado.
Made a mistake and rolled the car off of the side of cliff