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Lance Macklin

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#1 WGD706

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Posted 10 October 2002 - 21:31

Lance Macklin has died at the age of 83. The son of Sir Noel Macklin, the man behind the Invicta sports car company in the 1930s, Macklin began racing immediately after World War II and in the early 1950s was a regular F1 driver with the HWM team in 1952 and 1953. He was also a successful sportscar driver and in 1954 finished third at Le Mans.
Macklin is probably best remembered for his role in the terrible Le Mans diaster of 1955 when the Austin Healey he was driving was forced into the path of the Mercedes-Benz of Pierre Levegh with the result that Levegh's car went into and over Macklin's car and into the crowd enclosure beside the track. More than 80 people were killed. Macklin was one of the drivers who gave evidence to the French government inquiry.



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Posted 10 October 2002 - 21:39

Lance Macklin drived Austin-Healey 100S

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Posted 11 October 2002 - 14:19

If you want to learn more about the life of Lance Macklin, read "DEATH RACE - LE MANS 1955". Written by Mark Kahn in 1976.
Over 50 pages are about his career.
It's a macaber subject, but gives a good insight in the lives of Macklin, Hawthorn and Levegh.