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#1 toovo1985

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Posted 05 July 2011 - 14:43

Original live footage of the first lap crash at the 1973 British Grand Prix at Silverstone. Raymond Baxter commentates as Jody Scheckter loses it coming out of Woodcote and takes half the field with him.

Check here the video: http://bit.ly/kxHxui

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#2 chdphd

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Posted 05 July 2011 - 14:53

Here's the direct link to that video:

#3 rayburn

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Posted 05 July 2011 - 15:08

Well that brought back some memories! Good link, thanks. I was there that day, and remember it well, I was watching from Woodcote, so couldn't see all the action, only clouds of dust and cars flying off everywhere. It was quite frightening at the time, until we heard that there were no serious injuries.

That drift through Woodcote of Jackie Stewart was amazing, the cars moved around so much more in those days!

#4 Rockford

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Posted 05 July 2011 - 15:08

And ofcourse this race had the best commentary line ever from Raymond Baxter when Stewart lost it trying to take Peterson: "Now he's really in the agricultural business".. Classic


#5 f1steveuk

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Posted 05 July 2011 - 15:18

I was thirteen, and seem to recall the race was on a Saturday? I often wonder what would have happened if Jody hadn't lost it, as up until the stop/re-start, JYS was really, REALLY on it!

I remember Barrie Gill standing amongst the carnage, describing it as "like the scene of an air crash".

I was also gutted as I so wanted Roger Williamson to do well :(

#6 alansart

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Posted 05 July 2011 - 15:26

I was thirteen, and seem to recall the race was on a Saturday? I often wonder what would have happened if Jody hadn't lost it, as up until the stop/re-start, JYS was really, REALLY on it!

I remember Barrie Gill standing amongst the carnage, describing it as "like the scene of an air crash".

I was also gutted as I so wanted Roger Williamson to do well :(


Yes it was on a Saturday. The first GP I marshalled at (down at Abbey). There was a little funfair behind the Woodcote Grandstand. Roger Williamson was messing about on the dodgems the night before the race.

The Paddock at about 9pm :)
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Posted 05 July 2011 - 15:29

Yes, what memories! Thank goodness that there was no worse injury than Andrea de Adamich's ankle. We were down at Club so completely confused for a while. Ronnie was tougher on JYS second time around wasn't he?

Regarding the accident, there was so much going on. There's a bit of footage somewhere shot from low on the outside of Woodcote which shows the huge distance between Jody clipping the grass, rotating, then triggering the shunt. No surprise I suppose that cars ended up down by the Motor bridge. The camera at Copse shows a huge swerve, well held, by Revson, Ickx darting between Jody and the pitwall and what's Rikki von Opel up to? Looks as if something nasty has entered the Ensign's cockpit and he's trying to abandon ship!

Sorry, different bit of film


Edited by john winfield, 05 July 2011 - 15:40.


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Posted 05 July 2011 - 15:51

Yes, what memories! Thank goodness that there was no worse injury than Andrea de Adamich's ankle. We were down at Club so completely confused for a while. Ronnie was tougher on JYS second time around wasn't he?

Regarding the accident, there was so much going on. There's a bit of footage somewhere shot from low on the outside of Woodcote which shows the huge distance between Jody clipping the grass, rotating, then triggering the shunt. No surprise I suppose that cars ended up down by the Motor bridge. The camera at Copse shows a huge swerve, well held, by Revson, Ickx darting between Jody and the pitwall and what's Rikki von Opel up to? Looks as if something nasty has entered the Ensign's cockpit and he's trying to abandon ship!

Sorry, different bit of film


James Hunt was lucky as Scheckter's flying rear wing hit the March's Airbox.

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Posted 05 July 2011 - 16:06

James Hunt was lucky as Scheckter's flying rear wing hit the March's Airbox.


Yes, and then I think it bounces in front of Clay Regazzoni's BRM. In the longer piece of footage, at the very start, is that Lauda stuck on the grid? People did well to miss him. Funny, if someone had clipped him, leaving a bit of debris to clear up, they might have been showing yellows at Woodcote on the first lap and Jody would have tucked neatly in behind Denny Hulme... and then headed for Copse and taken his team leader around the outside there!
Lauda went very well in the 'second part' until his tyres deteriorated. He spun wildly right in front of us at Club, tyre smoke everywhere.

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Posted 05 July 2011 - 16:31

Rikki certainly was in a hurry to leave the Ensign wasn't he!!!?

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Posted 05 July 2011 - 17:01

I was actually a flag marshall at Woodcote that day and saw this unfold , it was just unbelievable at the axact moment all seemed to happen so fast , yet also in a bit of slow motion as the cars came to a rest.
I saw Scheckter start to spin and next there was dust and cars going everywhere.

The sad part was seeing all those damaged cars after the dust had settled and the whole Surtees team wiped out in on go.

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#12 toovo1985

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Posted 07 July 2011 - 16:17

Well I don't have those kinds of memories yet, but enjoyed that everyone liked the video posting ;)

#13 alansart

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Posted 07 July 2011 - 16:42

The sad part was seeing all those damaged cars after the dust had settled and the whole Surtees team wiped out in on go.


Big John was not a happy chap and was after a certain South African's blood!


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Posted 07 July 2011 - 17:11

Let's remember that the unfortunate Andrea de Adamich broke his leg in this accident. Remind me what happened to Jody? Was he punished at all? I cannot imagine what would happen if Hamilton made the same mistake today!

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Posted 07 July 2011 - 19:39

I was at the race, stood on the grass on the outside of the start/finish straight.
I can remember well the crowd moving away from the accident, as a 16 year old it was not a nice thing.
But all the people around me were very good and looked after me .
The accident was very frightening to a 16year old stood track side. Just glad that the only injury was a minor one.

#16 toovo1985

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Posted 08 July 2011 - 08:25

Yes it was on a Saturday. The first GP I marshalled at (down at Abbey). There was a little funfair behind the Woodcote Grandstand. Roger Williamson was messing about on the dodgems the night before the race.

The Paddock at about 9pm :)
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Cool picture thanks for sharing it with us

#17 alansart

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Posted 08 July 2011 - 09:06

Cool picture thanks for sharing it with us


My pleasure. More here


#18 toovo1985

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Posted 09 July 2011 - 18:09

My pleasure. More here


Great stuff! Thank you for sharing man ;)


#19 E1pix

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Posted 09 July 2011 - 18:20

My pleasure. More here

Thanks, Alansart, Great and Nostalgic work!

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#20 Formula Once

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Posted 09 July 2011 - 18:34

Thanks, Alansart, Great and Nostalgic work!


It was a true miracle that no car caught fire that day; so many cars, so much fuel.

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Posted 10 July 2011 - 18:31

Big John was not a happy chap and was after a certain South African's blood!


Luckily there was no physical confrontation, otherwise Big John would have been demoted to Small John.


#22 toovo1985

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Posted 11 July 2011 - 08:27

Agree with everyone, they were all lucky...that accident could have been a lot worse

#23 doc knutsen

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Posted 11 July 2011 - 16:22

Agree with everyone, they were all lucky...that accident could have been a lot worse


Worse was to come in the Group 2 saloon encounter at the same meeting.


#24 toovo1985

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Posted 11 July 2011 - 16:28

Worse was to come in the Group 2 saloon encounter at the same meeting.


What happened?

#25 alansart

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Posted 11 July 2011 - 17:22

What happened?


It was actually before the GP in the Group 2 Saloon car race. David Brodie and David Matthews came across a mini in the middle of Abbey and had a huge accident. All 3 drivers were badly injured. I witnessed the start of it but fortunately missed the end as it was further round the corner, although I saw the aftermath.

It was discussed here; http://forums.autosp...w...odie&st=200

Edited by alansart, 11 July 2011 - 17:31.


#26 La Sarthe

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Posted 11 July 2011 - 17:43

One thing I noticed on the first clip which raised an eyebrow was the photographers standing on the track on the inside of Copse. They leap out of the way at the last minute as the cars sweep past. I appreciate that they're allowed to stand as close to the action as possible to get the photos we all love. But on the track? :confused:

#27 toovo1985

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Posted 12 July 2011 - 16:42

One thing I noticed on the first clip which raised an eyebrow was the photographers standing on the track on the inside of Copse. They leap out of the way at the last minute as the cars sweep past. I appreciate that they're allowed to stand as close to the action as possible to get the photos we all love. But on the track? :confused:


Those were other times...Now everything is dangerous! Safety has become an obsession in today's world