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The Killer Years in Grand Prix
« on: June 05, 2011, 11:29:26 am »
Found this video. Its very shocking to see how bad things were in the 60s and 70s. How many people died due just ignorance . No seat belts, helmets made out of leather, no on track hospital personnel .

Grand Prix - The Killer Years


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Re: The Killer Years in Grand Prix
« Reply #1 on: June 05, 2011, 11:36:48 am »
The scene at the end was really shocking to me.

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Re: The Killer Years in Grand Prix
« Reply #2 on: June 05, 2011, 04:04:03 pm »
I can tell you I've witness some of that first hand.

It is not pretty.

I lost two good friends being burned alive.  It is a soul wrecker.

The old F1 races were some of the best to watch but also some of the most scary.

If you really wanna see something that will send chills down your spine, look on you tube for Senna's last race. 

There is in car footage of the race.

The man told him girlfrien d (wife) he had written a letter to his Ruben Ratzenber ger family ( killed that weekend during testing) saying he was going to win that race for him and fly the austrian flag.  In sennas car was the austrian flag with him.

He slambed into the wall on a corner at 135.  He kept saying steering was wrong to williams.

The shaft snapped and killed him.

The man could make a car dance, he could make a bad car win.

They shut down brazil for 3 days when he passed.  As his casket went through the city it was like a flood of bodies moving to touch it then move out of the way.

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Re: The Killer Years in Grand Prix
« Reply #3 on: June 05, 2011, 05:01:43 pm »

The man could make a car dance, he could make a bad car win.

had that said about me






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Re: The Killer Years in Grand Prix
« Reply #4 on: June 06, 2011, 01:17:02 am »
I'm looking up a lot of footage on it and there seems to be a infinite amount of beliefs on what exactly went wrong.

Upon looking further about the trial and investiga tion that took place, it was confirmed that a steering column failure was the reason for the crash.

The report concluded that fatigue cracks had developed through 70% of the steering column at the point where it had broken.[6] Lorenzini stated: "It had been badly welded together about a third of the way down and couldn't stand the strain of the race. We discovere d scratches on the crack in the steering rod. It seemed like the job had been done in a hurry but I can't say how long before the race. Someone had tried to smooth over the join following the welding. I have never seen anything like it. I believe the rod was faulty and probably cracked even during the warm-up. Moments before the crash only a tiny piece was left connected and therefore the car didn't respond in the bend."

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Re: The Killer Years in Grand Prix
« Reply #5 on: June 06, 2011, 06:45:53 am »
They had cut the steering rod down and it snapped.

Senna said before the race that something just felt terribly wrong.

He said there was a "black cloud" over the race that weekend.

I've got a copy of the letter somewhere that he wrote plus an article.

I always enjoyed watching him drive.

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Re: The Killer Years in Grand Prix
« Reply #6 on: June 06, 2011, 10:02:13 am »
Yeah when I mentioned this video to my dad and told him Jim Clark was in it, he said to look into Senna. He remembers watching him back in the day.

i'm not sure who it was, but someone on his team (im assuming the person who cut and welded the steering column) got charged with manslaugh ter.

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Re: The Killer Years in Grand Prix
« Reply #7 on: June 06, 2011, 10:23:49 am »
Williams also got charged with Manslaugh ter.

I've got a bunch of Tamiya MP4/8 and MP4/12 1/20 and also 1/12 model kits.  They are all F1. 

Most are due to they are the cars that Senna ran.

I've been to Silversto ne and Brands-hatch.

Both are great tracks to watch cars run.

I keep telling my wife that one day we will make the goodwood festival where lots of the old F1 cars run.

Last year they had one of the old Senna's car out there and his brother ran in the car with Senna's helmet on.

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Re: The Killer Years in Grand Prix
« Reply #8 on: June 06, 2011, 10:30:08 am »
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Re: The Killer Years in Grand Prix
« Reply #9 on: June 06, 2011, 02:44:52 pm »




Last year they had one of the old Senna's car out there and his brother ran in the car with Senna's helmet on.


wow. i bet that was a sight to see.

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Re: The Killer Years in Grand Prix
« Reply #10 on: June 06, 2011, 03:06:11 pm »
This will make you think.

Especiall y the first words on the front.

Bruno Senna drives his car (his nephew) who looks like him.  There is also an in car phone footage from Bruno, saying dont try this one at home.

Bruno Senna @ Goodwood

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Re: The Killer Years in Grand Prix
« Reply #11 on: June 06, 2011, 03:07:34 pm »

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Re: The Killer Years in Grand Prix
« Reply #12 on: October 01, 2011, 04:03:10 pm »
Really good video.. I too learned about Senna not too long ago and became a fan because of his driving skills.. He raced Hondas also..


 

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