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#101 Chezrome

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Posted 23 July 2009 - 17:26

Yes, but, as I pointed-out above, whilst the specific cause was different some of the parallels are eerie - for eample, the concept of an out-of control car with a driver who is either dead or deeply unconcious is upsetting and potentially dangerous for othercompetitors, plus the concept of a driver suffering a fatal accident as a result of somone else's non-serious accident or breakdown is truly tragic.


That's true. The car driving on, while the driver himself - you know - is already beyond help, that's sad and eerie. The reason I reacted was spefically because all over this board the Surtees-accident is described as a 'freak-accident'. Which is not doing justice how dangerous driving still is. Everytime a car crashes and the parts of the car are flying around I think: 'Eeeeeeek!'



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#102 cpbell

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Posted 23 July 2009 - 18:02

I understand - for my money the freakish aspect is that the wheel struck poor Henry despite the protective nature of contemporary single-seater cockpits and with enough force to inflict a fatal injury. Wheels bouncing around are not uncommon, as you say, even with tethers.

#103 Paul Rochdale

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Posted 30 July 2009 - 07:50

My thoughts are with the Surtees family today. :cry:

http://news.bbc.co.u...and/8175812.stm

#104 Coral

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Posted 30 July 2009 - 11:18

I have been thinking about poor Henry all day. :cry: My thoughts are with him and his family.

#105 Coral

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Posted 30 July 2009 - 22:41

http://www.getsurrey...r_henry_surtees

So very sad. :cry: :cry: :cry:

#106 wolf sun

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Posted 30 July 2009 - 22:48

Oh my, this is hard to swallow. My thoughts go out to his family and friends, yet again.

#107 Kingsleyrob

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Posted 30 July 2009 - 22:57

Oh my, this is hard to swallow. My thoughts go out to his family and friends, yet again.

Mine too. So sad that friends, family and fans of Henry and John won't have the opportunity of seeing him reach his potential in life and in the driving seat.

How wonderful it would have been to see John celebrate Grand Prix success with his son, the familiar helmet design bringing back memories on the track.

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#108 Doug Nye

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Posted 30 July 2009 - 23:11

Solidarity amongst old warriors. Giulio Borsari - John's mechanic at Ferrari - was to attend.

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Posted 31 July 2009 - 02:54

Why does the good lord let this happen ?
God Speed Henry Surtees, he must have better need of him above !
We must all imbrace his family in the future.
JPS

#110 Paul Rochdale

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Posted 31 July 2009 - 08:13

Why does the good lord let this happen ?


'The good lord' had nothing to do with it (or anything else). It was a freak accident. These things happen.


#111 Eddie Knipe

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Posted 29 August 2009 - 09:40

Sincerest condolences to the Surtees family - a sad loss indeed. Was in South Africa when news broke of Henry's accident.

Also, a belated thank-you to John for early suggestions relating to the Tom Pryce Memorial Fund in 2007.

Edited by Eddie Knipe, 29 August 2009 - 09:40.


#112 Kingsleyrob

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Posted 29 August 2009 - 10:02

An interesting - and touching - recent interview with John Surtees here...

http://www.thisislon...ils//article.do

Rob

#113 Tim Murray

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Posted 29 August 2009 - 10:18

What an incredibly brave and honest man. There is no way I could have given such an interview so soon after the tragedy. Good to know that Henry's donated organs have saved lives.

#114 Andrew Kitson

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Posted 29 August 2009 - 10:24

That is very emotional. very brave and honest I agree.

#115 Coral

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Posted 29 August 2009 - 10:31

It is a very touching and emotional interview...I read it last week while I was at work and I had tears streaming down my face (one of the comments underneath the article is from me). John is so incredibly brave.

Edited by Coral, 29 August 2009 - 10:32.


#116 Simon Davis

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Posted 30 August 2009 - 10:23

It is a very touching and emotional interview...I read it last week while I was at work and I had tears streaming down my face (one of the comments underneath the article is from me). John is so incredibly brave.

It has been some time now since the sad death of Henry Surtees but I thought I would finally share a personal recollection.

I saw Henry at the Goodwood Festival of Speed this year. On the Friday, just after 6pm, I wondered through the paddock for the last time as cars were being put to bed amongst the fading rays of sunlight. I saw Henry talking to his mechanic by the 1970s Surtees F2 car. As he walked away I had a chance to speak to him for about five minutes. He shared his experience of driving his father's car and remarked on the softness of the hillclimb tyres. He was very personable and unaffected by his status as a racing driver. I wished him good luck with his own F2 career and remember thinking that Henry, despite his maturity, was still a very young man with his life ahead of him. Little did I suspect that it would all come to an end a couple of weeks later.

It was a stark reminder that none of us know how long we have and it is therefore very important to make the most of each and every day. Thanks for the memory, Henry - RIP.


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#117 Simon Davis

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Posted 30 August 2009 - 10:27

Another go at posting the photo. Hopefully, bigger now.

http://yfrog.com/83p2140611j

#118 Paul Rochdale

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Posted 30 August 2009 - 10:43

Five years ago my wife and I found ourselves in the same position as John. Our lovely 24yr old daughter had taken ecstacy and GHB, and had had a heart attack in her sleep. She was rushed to Lewisham Hospital and placed in intensive care for three days. The second the news was broken to us, I knew that she had gone and it was only the machinery around her which kept her 'alive'. When the time came for the machinery to be switched off I immediately offered her organs but because of the intense medication used to try to revive her, and because her body was still subject of a criminal investigation, this was not possible. It was two months before we were allowed to arrange her funeral.

To lose a child must be the most traumatic experience a parent could experience. Awful as it was (and still is), worse things happen. :cry:

#119 Andrew Kitson

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Posted 30 August 2009 - 10:46

In that photo Henry's talking to Jochen Mass I think, who of course raced a Matchbox Surtees F2 car in '74.
Very sorry to hear of your loss Paul.

Edited by Andrew Kitson, 30 August 2009 - 10:48.


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#120 cdrewett

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Posted 30 August 2009 - 14:51

To lose a child must be the most traumatic experience a parent could experience. Awful as it was (and still is), worse things happen. :cry:

Paul is right. We lost our youngest son who was incredibly fit and sporting but had a massive stroke aged 31. I would only add two things to what Paul wrote. Firstly, time IS a great healer and although you never get over it you learn to live with it, and you look back and recall the happy times rather than the sad ones. Secondly, and endorsing what John said in his interview, it's a surprising comfort to know that many people benefited from organ donation, and I would urge anyone to carry a donor card.
Chris

#121 Coral

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Posted 30 August 2009 - 15:28

Paul and Chris...I'm so very sorry to hear of your losses...

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Posted 21 June 2010 - 15:45

A big :up: for Henry's friends...

http://news.bbc.co.u...nd/10364065.stm

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Posted 21 June 2010 - 16:15

What a fabulous way for Henry's fellow students to pay tribute to one of their fallen :up:

#124 Ray Bell

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Posted 21 June 2010 - 22:40

Originally posted by arttidesco
What a fabulous way for Henry's fellow students to pay tribute to one of their fallen


One hopes that at 18 there wouldn't be many who have fallen...

But for the one who has, it's certainly a nice gesture.

#125 Twin Window

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Posted 22 June 2010 - 00:39

I think that's an excellent gesture.

Of particular note is the comment 'The students have been training three to four hours a week for the challenge, as well as doing weights and fitness sessions.'

Your average student doesn't put that much effort into anything...

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#126 Coral

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Posted 22 June 2010 - 11:20

What a wonderful thing to do, and for a great cause. I'm very impressed with the dedication of the students. :)

#127 P0wderf1nger

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Posted 22 June 2010 - 11:35

They managed it too, in precisely 13 hrs 13 mins.

http://news.bbc.co.u...nd/10372620.stm

All credit to them.

#128 arttidesco

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Posted 23 June 2010 - 00:53

Takes me 50 min's to swim a mile in the perfect calm of a 25 meter pool to average a mile in one hour one min in the channel is amazing hats off again to everyone who took part :up:

I notice donations can be made to Headway at http://www.headway.org.uk/donate.aspx.

#129 Mig007

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Posted 24 October 2011 - 17:10

* Surtees, Henry John (GB):
b. 18/02/1991 (Lingfield) – d. 19/07/2009 (London)


Son of John Surtees.


1999-2005 – Successful career in Karting;
2006 – Ginetta GT Junior Championship, 3rd, 236 pts, 3 wins;
2007 – British F.BMW, 6th, 491 pts, 1 win;
German F.BMW (ADAC Berlin-Brandenburg), 29th, 24 pts, 2 races;
British F.Renault (Carlin Motorsports), 22nd, 13 pts, 2 races;
British F.Renault Winter Series (Carlin Motorsports), 13th, 35 pts
2008 – British F.Renault (Manor Competition), 12th, 203 pts;
British F.Renault Winter Series (Manor Competition), 2nd, 113 pts, 1 win;
F.Renault West European Cup (Manor Competition), 2 races;
British F3 National Class (Carlin Motorsports), 11th, 35 pts, 2 races, 1 win;
2009 – F2 (MotorSport Vision), 14th, 8 pts; Surtees was killed at Brands Hatch, the eighth round of the series, after being hit by an errant wheel of another accident that occurred moments before.


#130 D-Type

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Posted 24 October 2011 - 21:04

You haven't said so, but I assume you are looking for comments.

I can'rt comment on the accuracy of what you have posted - it's not an area I follow. However, for completeness I think it would be better if your database included race results not simply end of year points totals.

Edited by D-Type, 24 October 2011 - 21:53.


#131 Mig007

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Posted 24 October 2011 - 21:17

I have posted my DB entry. I used the Darren Galpin's model, so I decided not to put all the results, not only because it would be an enormous amount of work but also because I pretend to do something accurate, concide and easy to look. So I decided to put the results only of the main series, like F1, WRC, CART,...