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
Le Mans 1977 Qualifying (Onboard Porsche 936)
Le Mans 1977 one lap without chicane. Top speed over 350 Km/h! Onboard with
the Porsche 936. This car has 540 PS (HP). The driver is Jürgen Barth.
This car won Le Mans in 1976 and 1977.
Le Mans - 1969 - John Woolfe fatal crash
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
AUSmotive: Allan McNish crash Le Mans 2011 (HD)
Allan McNish in the #3 Audi R18 TDI was involved in a horrific accident in
the 2011 Le Mans 24 hour race. McNish made contact with the #58 Ferrari and
crashed heavily into the barriers just after the Dunlop bridge. Thankfully
he was able to walk away with no major injury.
When Racers Where RACERS! Old Race Car Crashes www.RightFace.us
http://www.RightFace.us Change of pace video. Non political. Watch and be
amazed with old car racing footage from the good ole days. In the early
days of automobile raving they did not use seatbelts and roll cages were
not even thought of. One famous racer of the day, Eddie Rickenbacker went
on to fame as our leading Ace in WWI and then owned the Indy 500 race track
and was President of Eastern Airplines. Great soundtrack on this one!
La gran evasión - Steve McQueen.flv
Homenajeamos a Steve McQueen en el 30 aniversario de su muerte. Toda la
información sobre este apasionado de los coches, las carreras y el munto
del motor, aquí: