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#THROWBACK: Jules Bianchi Scoring His First Point in His Career

Posted by Justin Young on July 18, 2015 at 11:15 AM Comments comments (4)

Formula One and motorsport fans alike are mourning the passing of young F1 driver Jules Bianchi. Due to the huge crash back in stormy Suzuka 2014, his car aquaplaned and hit a support tractor at a staggering 92 G. He will dearly be missed. However, let us remember the biggest achievement Bianchi has ever done.

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Monaco, 2014. Jean-Eric Vergne got problems with his exhaust; Valtteri Bottas suffered from an engine failure; and Esteban Gutierrez wrecked his rear suspension. If these chain of retirements didn't happen, Bianchi wouldn't have taken eighth. Granted, his team was given a five-second penalty for an illegal pit stop during the safety car run. In the end, he was classified in the final grid as ninth, earning himself and Marussia their first ever point!

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"Finally, I have a point! Woo!" That was his genuine reaction to a milestone of his career as an F1 driver. He made history for Manor Motorsport! Sadly, it was also his last milestone. Wherever you are, Jules...race in paradise, mon ami.





Now, go and have fun with Ayrton Senna up there!

TOP 10 Final Tropes of the Final Top Gear Episode (As We Know It)

Posted by Justin Young on July 10, 2015 at 5:45 AM Comments comments (1)


Last weekend, we witnessed the final Top Gear episode that will feature the three middle-aged blokes known as Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May. Due to the recent fracas with the show's producer Oisin Tymon, the main man Jezza is gone, and the whole production goes along with him, hence the last episode as we know it.


Still, there were leftover footage of two different challenges that squeezes out the remaining essence of Top Gear. So for today's (rather unusual) list, here are the TOP 10 Final Tropes of the Final Top Gear Episode!


WARNING: Spoliers ahead and GIF heavy!

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#10. The last time May does his victory dance


Captain Slow has given the new meaning of winning! (Although the Hamster has done that embarassingly!) Despite having a poor, slowest time in his Pug 304, he still danced as if it didn't matter!




#9. The last time Hammond does the intro


If you may remember back in series 12, Richard filled in for Jeremy in the intro because Jezza had a soar throat. It was funny back then since we had a laugh off of Clarkson's voice and saliva spray. Now though, it isn't, and it doesn't feel the same.




#8. The last time May bought the wrong car


While I'm quite interested with his Peugeot 304 Decapitated and Mitsubishi Pinin Turboactive, they didn't actually help May. Sure he won the race to Broughton Hall, but that's it. But hey, it's for good comedy, right?!




#7. The last time Clarkson brought up a penis joke


Jeremy is no stranger when it comes to...gentlemen's sausages. He would always bring it up, no matter what the situation! This time, Jezza thought it would be appropriate to fit his Pershing Frontera with large penis-spoked rims! Certainly reverened!




#6. The last time they introduce their top secret facility in a silly-named town with an innuendo reference


This one is a rather long and specific trope, but you gotta admit that it's clever and corny. Just like Penistone in the hovervan episode, the gate board would separate to bring a new meaning to its words. Same story for their race car sponsors like Peniston Oil, Larsen Biscuits, Amerdea du Fromage, the lot.




#5. The last time Clarkson referred his previous controversy


Clarkson has been notoriously known for his criticisms from the very sensitive British public. He would actually bring up his misdemeanors on the show, like the "slope" controversy here. It was also brought up in the Patagonia Special about a bridge being straight. Both had me in stitches!




#4. The last time Clarkson encountered a close call


From almost smashing into his drum set with a Porsche 944, to almost hitting a train head-on with his TGV-12, Jezza is a lucky man...well, most of the times. This time, he almost drove his Frontera into the muddy pool of effluent. The biggest highlight of the episode!




#3. The last time they destroy caravans


Ever since the advent of new Top Gear, the crew always had the motive to wreck every caravan they buy, and it's no different in this episode! Since it revolves around the SUV lifestyle, obviously they would sneak in the menace of British roads! Another laugh of the episode, even James's laugh after that incident was intoxicating!




#2. The last time they were ambitious but not rubbish (sort of)


To be honest, I quite like what they've done to their roadsters. Jeremy's Fiat looks less crap, Richard's MG is pretty, and James's Pug...well a bit meh, but the yellow lights were a nice touch. Although after Japfest, we soon found out that all of them broke down. Shame. The trio were ambitious but not rubbish...until near the end!




#1. The last time we get to see Jeremy Clarkson on BBC


I know, I know! Soon, he'll start a new show with Netflix, probably called "House of Cars", in the future! But then we realize...Top Gear as we know it is finished. British viewers won't get to see their favorite bell-end again on Sunday nights at 8 on BBC 2. It became their sort of "ritual" ever since its popularity, now turned into ashes.

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And...that's it. Top Gear as we know it is over. With BBC Radio Breakfast Show host and Ferrari collector Chris Evans holding the torch for the future of the show, I wish Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, James May and Andy WIlman godspeed!



Want a LaFerrari Now? Get Yours From Japan!

Posted by Justin Young on June 22, 2015 at 12:00 PM Comments comments (0)


Want to own a LaFerrari? Well, you should have told the people of Maranello that you own five Ferrari models like this lucky Filipino bastard. Unfortunately, all 499 units have been sold out. No fear though because this Ferrari dealer in Kagoshima, Japan will help you lose a lot of cash thanks to this used Ferrari...TheFerrari!



When I said used, it mean 76 km! A plastic-wrapped, barely-driven, clean-as-eff LaFerrari straight from an authorized used dealership! I love how, after typing the usual information needed, it ends with a motivational line, "It's now or never!" as if the seller wants you to fork over everything you have for this 963 HP, hybrid-powered holy grail!



The seller didn't specify the price, so you can give as many bucks as you want! Unless you live in Japan, better save up some extra extra more for the import taxes. Go check it out yourself!



Photos: Goo-net

Porsche Returns to the Forza Franchise in New Horizon 2 DLC and Forza 6

Posted by Justin Young on June 8, 2015 at 11:30 AM Comments comments (0)


Forza players and Porsche fans alike are pinching themselves when they heard this news. After accidentally leaking the information on the wrong video, Porsche, notoriously known to be in EA games exclusively, is finally coming to the world of Forza Horizon 2!  



Autoblog was the first to report this amazing news. According to its press release, Porsche, Electronic Arts and Microsoft (Xbox) collaborated to "bring the Porsche experience to all Xbox One players." The ten new Porsches include: 1982 Porsche 911 Turbo 3.3 (pictured above), 1987 Porsche 959, 2012 Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0 and 2003 Porsche Carrera GT. However, the biggest reveal has got to be...the 2014 Porsche 918 Spyder




That's right, the 918! You know what that means? The 918 vs. P1 vs. LaFerrari battle is going to happen! Of course, every Forza YouTuber will inevitably do the rivalry after the pack releases! (First YT'er that comes to mind is AR12Gaming...)


Porsche is not new to the Forza series since its cars were in the first until third installment through a sublicense with EA. The deal ended when Forza 4 came out which led to the creators to add the famous substitution: RUF. Later on, it was soon resolved in a DLC. Still, it didn't last long for the brand to be part of Forza 5.


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Not only will this deal be limited to FH2 alone as Porsche will also be in the sixth installment of Forza Motorsport. I never thought I'll say this, but: Good guy Porsche and EA! Still, let us hope that EA would free the Stuttgart brand from its corporate shackles and be able to be in other games like Gran Turismo 7, Driveclub, Project CARS or Assetto Corsa!


But for now...enjoy yourselves, Forza players. 


Photos: Turn 10 Studios/Playground Games

#THROWBACKTHURSDAY - Bet You Didn't Know The MkIV Supra Was A Rally Car Back in the 90s

Posted by Justin Young on January 15, 2015 at 5:20 AM Comments comments (1)


Last week, Jalopnik's Black Flag ran an article about the Mark 3 Toyota Supra. Little did anyone (including me) know that it used to be a Group A rally car for the enduring Safari Rally from 1985 to 89! After reading, I was searching for more images with that beast, and came across a Mark 4 Supra.



Ralph Kosmides was the pilot of this 2JZ offroader. His history in motorsport began in his high school days when he raced a Ford Bronco in the Mint 400 at Nevada. 20 years later, Kosmides returned to off-road rallying when he bought a Ford Escort to compete in the SCCA Rally over 2.0-liter class. He won the Northwestern Region Championship in 1995. Next year, he decided to use a JZA80 Toyota Supra Turbo for his next season promoting himself to the Group 5 category. He would later on rally a Subaru Impreza on the same class in the early 2000s.


Fun Fact: Kosmides is also one of the founders of Ruby's Diner, a 40s style diner that began in the West Coast. You can see from the lead picture that the restaurant is part of the car's livery.



Sport Compact Car, Kosmides' sponsor, ran an article in their January 1999 issue about Supra explaining what went and were kept from the stock parts, like the 16" alloys and Brembo brakes, and how it performed in the 1998 season. My favorite quote was near the end.


"If I don't go for the rally championship next year, I might try to take the Supra to Pikes Peak. That'll be tough, because the Supra doesn't fit well into a class, but it's one of those things that you try because you love competing."

-Ralph Kosmides


You can read the rest of the article courtesy of the New Zealand Toyota Supra MkIV Group website. For now, have a photo dump!







Photos: Sport Compact Car Magazine (January 1999)

Holy Kazunori! GT Academy Philippines Will Happen in 2015!

Posted by Justin Young on January 15, 2015 at 2:15 AM Comments comments (0)

GT Academy has been popular worldwide for turning racing gamers and mortals into full-fledge race car drivers. Last year brought in India, Thailand, Australia, Mexico and the rest of Europe to the roster which included USA, United Kingdom, Germany, Russia, Middle East and South Africa. Earlier today, a new country was announced to join the list, the Philippines.


According to Inquirer's Motioncars, Nissan Philippines President Toti Zara announced that the country will be included in the countries eligible for GT Academy joining its Southeast Asia neighbors Indonesia and Malaysia as new additions for 2015. It will be done through online and live competitions with specially-designed Gran Turismo pods. The 12 lucky individuals will be brought to Silverstone Circuit for their chance to be a legit racer...and represent the Philippines in international motorsport!


As a Filipino Gran Turismo fan, I am so excited for this announcement! Before, I doubted this would happen since the Philippines is not included in the countries in Playstation Network. I'm now waiting for the official news to see the entire Filipino GT community flip!


Better prepare for the online event with my trusty Dualshock!


Photo: Nissan/GT Academy, edited with Philippine flag by me

Lamborghini Huracan Spotted Before Its Philippine Launch

Posted by Justin Young on November 23, 2014 at 7:55 AM Comments comments (0)

This coming November 26, the all-new Lamborghini Huracan will finally be unveiled for the Philippine market. However before its launch party, weekly car spotter and a good friend Chevy Dator (you might know him previously) got to see it first on the streets of Bonifacio Global City. 


He was going about his usual routine in BGC when he came across a white Huracan blasting in the back roads of 32nd Street (pictured above). It would later reveal that was on its way to the Lamborghini showroom nearby for its party this coming Wednesday. Damn, I wish I was with him.


Being the long-awaited replacement for the Gallardo, the new Huracan is much faster and, in my opinion, better-looking than its predecessor. It still rocks the same 5.2-liter V10 engine from the Gallardo and Audi R8, but now churns 602 horses, 50 more than before, reaching a top speed of 325 km/h or 202 mph. Price is still unknown at this point, but it could cost around PHP 11 million.


Photo: Chevy Dator

SHOW STOPPER: The 5th Philippine International Motor Show [PART 1]

Posted by Justin Young on September 22, 2014 at 10:40 AM Comments comments (0)

This year's Philippine International Motor Show was...underwhelming. The announced cars weren't that grand, and the venue wasn't that big. Nevertheless, it was a great one because it was the first car show I get to hang out with my friends, Chevy, Matthew, Jarred and John. Also, I get to bring my Nikon D40X, which I haven't used in ages! (by ages, I mean five months) Without further ado, here's my coverage of the 5th Philippine International Motor Show!


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The theme for this year's PIMS is Progress in Motion. According to the Chamber of Automotive Manufacturer of the Philippines Inc. (CAMPI), the organizers of the show, it highlights "the local automotive industry’s role in propelling the country toward greater mobility and economic growth." On the entrance hall, classic and modern cars were featured to showcase their development from first generation to the current, keeping up with the theme.


The following vehicles were featured:

  • Mercedes-Benz 180 D "Ponton" (the first diesel car sold in PH)
  • Volkswagen Beetle
  • Toyota Land Cruiser (FJ40)
  • Mitsubishi Lancer Boxtype 1800 GSR Turbo
  • Kia Pride (seriously, a pristine Kia Pride was one of the showcased cars)
  • tuned Honda Civic Hatch (EG)
  • Nissan NISMO 370Z
  • Suzuki Swift second-gen
  • Mazda MX-5 Miata (NA) (Obviously!)
  • Isuzu Crosswind
  • BMW 316i (E36)



While taking pictures of them, I noticed the E36 shot was too noisy. I realized that I had my ISO setting to 1600! Luckily, I knew about it before entering the main hall, and I toned it down to 400 and retook the E36 (seen above) and some others later on. Moving on!



Honda


The announced cars from Honda to be unveiled in the show were the Brio (hatchback) and Brio Amaze (sedan), but they weren't amazing. Instead, they surprised us with two vehicles, first was the Honda's Formula Nippon racer. Inside that American body lies an HR09E 3400cc V8 engine. Everyone was gleeful to see a Formula open-wheeler in the show floor, but it wasn't as surprising as the next one!



That's right, the Honda NSX Concept decided to crash the party! This mockup model was the reason why everyone wanted to go to PIMS! This V6 hybrid paired with Acura's Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) and a 7-speed dual clutch gearbox will start its production by 2015. Tony Stark wannabes, prepare yourselves!




Lexus


Before leaving for the show, I heard that the booth girls of Lexus were sexy...and I wasn't disappointed! Sure they were wearing conservative dresses, but at least, their looks were everybody's attention than the monstrous fascia of the Lexi family, especially the NX. Basically a fancier Toyota RAV4, you have a choice of either the 8AR-FTS 2.0-liter turbocharged direct injected inline-4 or the 2AR-FXE 2.5-liter inline-4, similar to the Toyota Camry Hybrid.


I feel sorry for America, for their NX's front fascia is wider and even uglier!



Toyota


Oh boy, this is getting boring! They unveiled TRD kits for the Fortuner, Hilux and Vios. *yawn* Then, there was the Fun-Vii, a moving JCDecaux billboard.


C'mon, Toyota PH, you're better than this! Bring in the FT-1!




Nissan


This year, Nissan Philippines is making a comeback. After years of being two separate brands (Nissan Motors Philippines and Universal Motor Corporation), they decided to suck it up and be reborn. For starters, they released the Almera (Versa/Sunny/Latio/Renault Scala), Sylphy (Sentra/Pulsar), Altima (Teana), and, just last weekend, the X-Trail (Rogue). Unlike its predecessors, the new X-Trail has a more smoother design, compared to a boxier one from before. Engine choices are the MR20DD (2.0-liter direct injected straight-4) and the QR25DE (2.5-liter straight-4), with drivetrain options of 2WD and 4WD. Unfortunately though, only one thing remains as standard, the XTRONIC CVT.


Still, I can't wait for what new Nissan PH has to offer. *cough* Fairlady Z *cough* GT-R *cough*


Also, there was a Gran Turismo 6 Challenge with the GT-R GT3 in Brands Hatch. While waiting for the line, John kept of bragging (in a satiric manner) about beating me in my own game. Long story short: He was all over the track, and I won! Don't you love karma?


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That ends part 1 of my coverage of the Philippine International Motor Show! Don't worry, part 2 isn't that long!


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SUNDAY STROLL - Ferraris Everywhere + Burgos Circle (June 29, 2014)

Posted by Justin Young on July 1, 2014 at 9:40 AM Comments comments (0)
Last Sunday, Philippine Ferrari distributor, Autostrada Motore Inc., organized their first car club meetup at Hatch 22 in the Power Plant Mall. Despite its name, owners of other exotic brands were invited as well. To give you the gist of the event, it is one of my best days of this year, and possibly, my lifetime!

Also, if anyone's interested, I'm providing a link to its Flickr page if in case someone would like to use it as, let's say, a wallpaper. This next one is for the photo above. (high res)

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Power Plant Mall, 7:25 am
I arrived at Rockwell bright and early--well, I missed my 6:45 alarm--looking forward to what car will turn up at the meetup and meeting the man behind the prancing horse in the country, Marc Soong. I wasn't alone on this journey as I was tagging along with my schoolmates, Matthew and Chevy (yes, that's his real name).

Since it was pretty early, only a few cars showed up. Four of those (from left to right): Ferrari 575M, tuned 458 Italia, 308 and F355. (high res)





Group shot! (high res)

I must say, that is a tastefully tuned 458. (high res)


Then, this Dino popped up! (high res)

At this point, my mind was thinking that more Ferraris would come. However...

This Tesla Model S crashed the party! (high res)

1 of 2 Model S in the Philippines (high res)

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Burgos Circle, 8:25 am

It was getting boring in Rockwell as only a few cars showed up, so we decided to move onto our regular car spotting location, Burgos Circle. So, the three of us went there hoping for more cars to drool over. Unfortunately, it was lesser than we were expecting. So little that parking spaces were a breeze! Only a handful of cars caught our attention.

That exhaust's diameter was so big I could brofist it! (high res)

I've never seen Lotus 7 kits with front fenders. It kinda fits though! (high res)


There were a lot of compliments exchanged between me and this 911 Turbo driver! (high res)

I dig the wheels, but not the stripe. (high res)

Shame that it's an automatic. (high res)

Now, this...this Celica is pure JDM pr0n! Shoutout to Sushi Machine for bring their ride, Natsuki! (high res)

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Power Plant Mall, 9:30 am

Okay, now it was getting boring in Burgos. We were asking the same question: Why the heck is Burgos virtually empty? At first, we though to head home and post photos, but then we decided to head back to Rockwell to see if that is where everyone is at. Little did we know, we were right.

I am not kidding you when I say this is Manila. (high res)

The space inside was so small that the others parked outside! (high res)


Okay, this 911 GT3 driver is awesome! The three of us were ogling at his car, and he asked us if we are car guys. We said yes. What he did next was the best part. (high res)

He gave us the key to his GT3! He told us we can take pictures of the inside and even get in the damn thing! (Photo by Matthew)

While Matthew and Chevy held up the key, I held onto the manual (!) shifter!




JDMs were invited too. (high res)






We finally have it! (high res)






Do you dig the stripe? (high res)








We see the prancing horse in its natural habitat. (high res)

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I honestly wasn't expecting this much cars! I thought it would be a few Ferraris parked with normal cars, but I was wrong...I was way way wrong.
I would like to give a shout to:
  • Matthew and Chevy for being able to make it to the meet!
  • The Porsche 911 GT3 driver for giving the three of us the best profile pics!
  • Marc Soong of Autostrada Motore for organizing the event in the first place and allowing us to have a group shot with you!
  • and, of course, the owners of all of those cars for being part of history!

To those who want to see and hear the action unfolding, check out this sort-of uncut montage I filmed!


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TOP 8 Shocking Moments in the 24 Hours of Le Mans

Posted by Justin Young on June 13, 2014 at 10:00 AM Comments comments (6)
The 24 Hours of Le Mans is a true test of human endurance, and it will be happening tomorrow at 9pm GMT +8! However, no one is safe from high-speed crashes. Many have survived the perils, while others lost their lives in the process. To remind us of the danger of endurance racing, here are the TOP 8 Shocking Moments in the 24 Hours of Le Mans!

(I was thinking of doing ten, but I decided not to add more deaths in this list!)


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8. Jean Larivière (1951)

Normally, crashes lead to broken legs, spinal injuries, etc., but you don't hear the word "decapitation" in the reports...until 1951. Jean Larivière lost control of his Ferrari 212 Export C at the Tertre Rouge, jumped an embankment and hit a barbed wire fence. The worst part is that the wire sliced his head off killing him instantly. Gross!

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7. Loic Duval (2014)

Last Wednesday during free practice, Loic Duval spun his #1 Audi R18 at the Porsche Curves hitting the wall backwards at--God knows how fast was that--obliterating the rear end. Surprisingly, Duval was unharmed, apart from two scratches, as he got out of the wreckage! Unfortunately, the doctors told Audi that he is not allowed to race this weekend. Marc Gene would replace Duval on the grid.

Meanwhile, Audi began fixing the #1 R18 before the race starts.

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6. Anthony Davidson (2012)

It was Toyota's debut in Le Mans, and it didn't go well. Pierguiseppe Perazzini of AF Corse Ferrari clipped the #8 TS030, driven by Anthony Davidson, in the Mulsanne Corner sending the Toyota up in the air. Davidson only recieved two broken vertebrae.

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5. Mark Webber and Peter Dumbreck (1999)

Before becoming Red Bull neglected driver, Mark Webber raced in Le Mans for Mercedes-Benz, and it seemed that he had wings before Red Bull. In the Mulsanne Straight, the Aussie Grit's #4 Merc CLR flew twice, one during qualifying and the other in the warm up lap. Five hours later, Peter Dumbreck in the #5 CLR met the same fate as with Webber. These two incidents forced Mercedes to leave sports car racing for the second time.

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4. Allan McNish and Mike Rockenfeller (2011)

It seemed that Ferrari and Audi had a rough feud back in 2011. First off near the Dunlop Bridge, Allan McNish in the #3 R18 clipped Anthony Beltoise's #58 Ferrari 458 Italia causing both cars to spin towards the spectators. Thankfully, no one was hurt. While McNish had to retire, Beltoise was able to rejoin the race.

Eight hours later, Mike Rockenfeller in the #1 car collided with the side of another Ferrari, this time #71, after trying to overtake at the high-speed section between Mulsanne and Indianapolis. Again, no one was hurt.

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3. John Woolfe (1969)

Have you wondered why the traditional Le Mans start, where you run to your cars and drive off, was never used in the present day? This man was the reason why. John Woolfe ran to his Porsche 917, start the engines and off he went...without fastening the seatbelt. He lost control at Maison Blanche hitting the barrier and caught fire, and the terrible part was that Woolfe was thrown out of the car upon impact.

Before the race, Porsche wanted Herbert Linge, the company's experience 917 driver, to start first, but Woolfe wanted his family to see him first, fearing that he might not be seen later on from a possible early retirement. He did have his 6 minutes of fame, and it's gone.

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2. Allan Simonsen (2013)

Since 1997, no one died racing in Le Mans, but in 2013, Allan Simonsen spun his car at Tertre Rouge and crashed into the barriers. The impact caused the roof to crush injuring Simonsen. He was still conscious when the medics removed him, and they took hm to an on-site clinic where he later died from his injuries.

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1. Pierre Levegh (1955)

1955 was the year that change the course of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. On Lap 35, Mike Hawthorn in the Jaguar D-Type was unexpectedly called to go to the pits for fuel. Lance Macklin in the Austin Healey 100 didn't see the Jag braking so soon that he swerved across the road to avoid making contact with Hawthorn. However, Macklin didn't notice that Pierre Levegh and Juan Manuel Fangio, both in Mercedes 300 SLRs, were behind him.


Unaware of his surroundings, the Healey's rear end touched Levegh's Merc causing him to go airbourne at 150 mph. Soon, the car hit the barrier throwing out parts, debris and even the engine block into the spectators. Levegh was thrown out of the driver's seat crushing his skull. Magnesium parts caused the fire to burn quickly and killed more. A total of 84 bodies, 83 from the crowd and Levegh, were counted from the death toll.


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Don't let these accidents from the past cover up the excitement of this weekend's race. Throughout the years, the Automobile Club de l'Ouest have improved La Sarthe to make sure no one flies off the road, and manufacturers have improved their safety to make sure the drivers' heads are safe.


To everyone watching the race, I'll be up when France is nighttime.


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