Wow is it really, I was there in 2010 for The Bruce McLaren event but hadn't noticed that.
I remember a motox track I raced at in the 70s being like that, a sharp right hander just after the finish line and a huge drop off if you didnt take it. Very dangerous.
Has there been any talk about moving the finish line back down the straight a bit?
I recall a special stage on a rally we did on Thorney Island (Hampshire, UK) where there was a bend after the flying finish. On our second run, my driver had noticed there was smooth grass straight on so took the flying finish flat out and ran off onto the grass. There was some consternation amongst the marshals and officials but it was quite legal, as long as we made it back the stop control.
During a saloon car race at the Aintree Club circuit circa 1969/70, John Scott-Davies was hammering down the Railway Straight in his V8 powered Ford Cortina Mk1 towards my marshal's post when there a terrific bang, and something flew off the car and about 100 feet into the air. John coasted to a halt and I ran upto him and opened the door, to find that the flywheel had detached itself from the V8 and just missing John's leg had exited the car vertically punching a hole through the bottom of the windscreen! It seemed to hang in mid-air for an age before landing on the track in two halves!
We had a similar incident at a sprint meeting at (pre-Revival restoration) Goodwood. There was a turbo charged Morgan which shed its flywheel as it passed the pits. The thing bounced off the track, soared over the heads of spectators and lodged above the windscreen of a campervan. Really scary stuff!
This was the same Morgan that had a blind gentleman as mechanic. He was led up to me (I was Clerk of the Course) to complain that another car had hit the chicane and that we had rebuilt it so that it was tighter, disadvantaging his driver. How do you argue that with a blind man???
Edited by BRG, 28 January 2013 - 13:04.