|Posted by Justin Young on June 13, 2014 at 10:00 AM|
(I was thinking of doing ten, but I decided not to add more deaths in this list!)
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.
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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