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
TRUTH IN 24 II - Every Second Counts
The Le Mans 24 Hours are a legend. They are mentioned in the same breath as
the Rallye Monte Carlo, the Monaco Grand Prix and the Indianapolis 500.
Since 1923, hundreds of thousands of motorsport enthusiasts have been
flocking to La Sarthe year by year to experience the one-day race. To watch
the protagonists in their sports cars battle for each place and each meter
of tarmac with bated breath. The drivers cover 4,800 kilometers in 24 hours
- almost as many as the Formula One racers in a whole year. Every Le Mans
winner has gone down in history. The three Audi drivers Andr‚Äö
Lotterer, Beno≈ít Tr‚Äöluyer and Marcel F‚Äûssler did so in a
special way with the triumph they achieved in 2011. The film TRUTH IN 24 II
documents the tenth and arguably most emotional triumph of the brand with
the four rings at this sports car classic. After two Audi R18 TDI cars have
retired following spectacular accidents, the remaining Audi fights a
dramatic battle for overall victory with the three Peugeot 908 cars ? which
the Audi trio ultimately decides in its favor with a narrow margin of 13
seconds. The film captures the entire drama of the fourth-narrowest running
of the Le Mans 24 Hours ? with intimate insights into the team of Audi
Sport and breath-taking pictures.
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Vidéo amateur 24 heures du Mans 1970 ! - Partie 1
Lors d'une discussion avec Bernard Duranton, Adjoint au Maire vie
associative et vie de quartier de Cormeilles-en-Parisis avant un petit tour
aux 24 heures du Mans en 2008, il me dit qu'il a fait un film en 1970 sur
le 24 heures du Mans avec un tour de reconnaissance en 4cv...
Sceptique au premier abord et dans l'attente d'une vidéo vieillissante
sans couleurs... j'en ai eu le souffle coupé au premier visionnage.
Je vous souhaite un bon moment de détente, de nostalgie et de plaisir.