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.
Buenos Aires 1000Km - 1971 - Ignazio Giunti fatal accident
Ignazio Giunti (30 August 1941 - 10 January 1971) was an Italian racing
driver who made his name in saloon and Sports Car Racing in the late 1960s.
Tragedy struck in his first drive in 1971 whilst racing in the 1000 km
Buenos Aires race, when his Ferrari 312PB prototype ploughed into the back
of the Matra 660 of Jean-Pierre Beltoise, who was pushing the car along the
track after it had run out of fuel. The impact and the subsequent fire gave
the popular Italian no chance of survival.
24 Hours of Le Mans - Tribute HD ★
I've made some change to the old Tribute, so it should be in better quality
now. Thanks for watching!!
I do not own anything in this movie! This is only for entertainment!
R.I.P. to the drivers who lost there lives at Le Mans:
1937--Pat Fairfield & René Kippeurth
1953--Tom Cole Jr.
1955--Pierre Levegh & 83 spectators
1963--Christian "Bino" Heins
1965--Lloyd "Lucky" Casner
1969--Lucien Bianchi & John Woolfe
All the songs:
Rob Dougan - Clubbed to Death
Nickelback - Savin Me
Green Day - Boulevard of Broken Dreams
Queen - We Are The Champions
Right Said Fred - Stand Up for the Champions
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 - 1963 Zandvoort GP - Highlights
The 1963 Dutch Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Zandvoort on
June 23, 1963.
First Place: Jim Clark Lotus-Climax 80 Laps (2:08:13.7)
Ford GT40 - 1968 24 Hours of Le Mans
Wonderful period video from brake pad manufacturer Ferodo on the 1968 Le
Mans race from the standpoint of John Wyer's Gulf Oil Ford GT40 team, who
won the race. The first 4 minutes shows a high speed in-car lap around Le
Mans narrated by Stirling Moss. Wonderful video with footage of Alfa Romeo
33s, Porsche 908s, Matras, etc....