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Old 2 Dec 2003, 17:35 (Ref:801679)   #16
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hmmm worst crashes.....amoc where the punkrocker porsche was destroyed.....scariest moment....being 1 foot away from being wiped out at stavelot, spa when a v6 renault came flying towards me.....engine ended up on one side of the track and the driver on the other......worst fire.....t70.....luckily he jus drove on by.......
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Old 2 Dec 2003, 17:59 (Ref:801703)   #17
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I was right then Sheila! BRSCC Road Saloons = Slick 50s, just couldn't remember if they were sponsoring that championship at the time...
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Old 2 Dec 2003, 20:21 (Ref:801847)   #18
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Marshalling at Eau Rouge in about 1988. I was positioned at the bottom of the hill, in front of some debris fencing with the old concrete stand directly behind. Quite a confined position, but a fantastic spot from which to watch. Anyway, in the F3000 race the drying track left many people with rooted wets, and my colleague and I watched the second running of the Spanish civil war as Alfonso de Vinuesa and Luis Sala drove down the hill from La Source absolutely side by side. They had been going at it hammer and tongs for the duration, and it was pretty obvious to us that on this occasion neither was going to lift. Now 2 F3000 cars do not go side by side through Eau Rouge at racing speed. They clearly thought they would have a go. All hell broke loose as we ducked behind the barrier, getting a thorough soaking from the tyres and flying debris everywhere. Bricking it would be the best description of how I felt....Poor Alfie was out for the count, and I don't think he ever fully recovered. British marshals were in force that year at that spot, and I have vivid memories of Prof. Watkins calling for British help, seriously upsetting our Belgian hosts!
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Old 5 Dec 2003, 12:42 (Ref:804682)   #19
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Caterham K Series Cadwell 1996: On roof on the run to Barn in testing, car caught alight just after I bailed out...
R5GT Turbo at Castle Coombe 1998: Got tapped on run down to Old Paddock, car did a forward roll and nearly landed on Phil Bennetts...
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Clio 2litre Estoril 2003, tapped going into 2nd corner flat in 4th (100mph?) hit barrier at 45 degrees and then did 3 cartwheels. Headache lasted 6 weeks... car yet to be rebuilt but £7-8k seems ballpark...Ouch
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Old 5 Dec 2003, 12:59 (Ref:804705)   #20
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The worst one I've seen 'live' rather than on tv was Tony Bell's Corrolla at Lydden - full welly down the hill, got on the grass, hit the bank and then took off. I've never seen a car that far clear of the ground (and the flames from under the bonnet made it look extra dramatic). On landing the car did that sort of 'splat' thing you see in cartoons where all the wheels fly off. Fortunately Tony was ok (and the car recovered too!).
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Old 18 Dec 2003, 14:48 (Ref:815215)   #21
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This was quite scary, but fun at the same time.
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Old 18 Dec 2003, 14:51 (Ref:815220)   #22
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"This was quite scary, but fun at the same time"

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can i ask a question...that looks like the start of a race....what the hell are all those ppl doing on the pit wall????...or was it just when the safety car came out???
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Old 20 Dec 2003, 00:20 (Ref:816525)   #24
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Adam, I think that was during the race when safety car was scrambled, front cars backed off, back cars didn't...

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Ellough park, some time last season (karts)
Leading the race after the first lap, took a defensive line through the tight chicane (last corner) got a bit close to the rubbing strip on the inside of the corner, and smashed my rear right rim, (on one of those bolts which joins the tyres to the rubbing strip)i heard a noice but i fought it was someone else behind me, so i carried on down to the first corner after the straight (thought it was pulling a bit, but wernt that bad so i carried on), just getting into the breaking point, and all of a suddern my rear had overtaken, and i was goin top speed backwards into the tyre wall, hit the wall ratha hard but i neva hurt my neck which was extremly lucky. after a bit of cursing, i got out and helped the marshal, carry my kart over the fence, Ratha funny watching an unsuspected marshal lift the heavy end of the kart with 20kgs of lead on it. And then thinking it was all over, i stod on the woodern floor, covering a drain hole and my foot disappeard down it!!

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Graham Hickman's rolled Jordan at Shelsley in 93/4(?) was the worst I've attended. Poor Graham fractured his skull and various other bits in an impact with a buried tree stump and was leaking and not breathing when I arrived. Fortunately all the training kicked in as it should and he was back racing a few months later. I can still hear the sound of the engine screaming as his foot held it flat, and whenever I go down that bank and smell wild garlic and crushed rhubarb it all comes back - funny how the scent recalls the memory.

The worst looking crash was also at Shelsley when the 500 went over the bank spitting out the driver on the way (pictured in the Christmas Autosport edition), but fortunately the driver escaped significant injury.

There was also the infamous Eurocar fire at Mallory and Tony Proctor's inverted Eurocar sandwiched between the pit lane barriers.

Fortunately, these are in the minority, and I'd rather be attending the ones where you meet the driver coming towards you any day.

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Hey Verglas, that is a very serious account of F3000 accident man. I'm big fan of the category and i think it was probably '87? You're right Alfie, i think, had 'bottled it' after that, which was a shame because he was seriously quick up til then.

Not as a competitor but as spectator i can think of two accidents that have stayed with me, both also F3000.
1. Delestre/Tassin shunt by s/f straight bridge, wet race Silverstone '86. Was half way up grandstand and watchin Tassin crawling, Delestre comes along the straight in the spray and i'm thinking 'he ain't seeing him.' Sure enough he vaulted over the back in a sickening high energy smash and i think both drivers single seaters ambitions ended there that day. Marshalls' did well to sort it out.

Second one was Herbert's at Brands '88. I was on inside of track between Surtees and Pilgrim's Drop for the restart after Foitek and Moreo had collided. I remember looking at his gearbox as he went into the wall after the contact with Foitek (again). That has to be worse shunt i've ever seen cos it all then kicked off going down the hill and there was debris everywhere, i was thinking poor Johnny was a gonner.

I'd have to say that i was singularly unimpresssd when that crash then found its way onto a popular video series - you know the title - which patently wasn't the case here!!

Worse TV crash i've seen is Greg Moore's. Deeply distressing. Nuff said.
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I have not seen so many bad accidents when i have been at a race track but i remember at Donington one time when Troy Dunlop flipped his TVR Tuscan. At the time i was looking up to my dad in the main grandstand when i heard a lot of gasps, turned around and saw Troys car inverted right infront of me, which was quite scary!
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I had a scary moment at Donington with a TVR tuscan too. I was standing the wrong side of post 2 (redgate in) infront of the hospitality suites the qualifing had not long started and I said to my co marshal that this was not a good place to be and that we should tell the IO we would rather be the other side of the marshals post. As I finnished saying this a tuscan had just hit the brakes for redgate when his car sluded side ways toward use we legged it for cover and when turning around to look at the result of the incident there was a tuscan front end were I had be stood. No one was injured and when I spoke to the driver in the paddock at lunch time his reason for wrecking his car was that he was adjusting his brake balance and locked his rear wheels. We could not fine the spokes out of the front wheels. The formula renaults in the picture by Jenson earlyer in the thread were when the safty car had just come out the pit lane. I know because I was on the pit wall and help sort out the mess. I think there was afew slapped hands in race control that day.
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Marshalling at Eau Rouge in about 1988. I was positioned at the bottom of the hill, in front of some debris fencing with the old concrete stand directly behind. Quite a confined position, but a fantastic spot from which to watch. Anyway, in the F3000 race the drying track left many people with rooted wets, and my colleague and I watched the second running of the Spanish civil war as Alfonso de Vinuesa and Luis Sala drove down the hill from La Source absolutely side by side. They had been going at it hammer and tongs for the duration, and it was pretty obvious to us that on this occasion neither was going to lift. Now 2 F3000 cars do not go side by side through Eau Rouge at racing speed. They clearly thought they would have a go. All hell broke loose as we ducked behind the barrier, getting a thorough soaking from the tyres and flying debris everywhere. Bricking it would be the best description of how I felt....Poor Alfie was out for the count, and I don't think he ever fully recovered. British marshals were in force that year at that spot, and I have vivid memories of Prof. Watkins calling for British help, seriously upsetting our Belgian hosts!
I used this memory on my article about Alfonso GarcŪa de Vinuesa - http://www.motorracingpast.com/2017/...-takes-it-all/
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