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#2851 Darren Galpin

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Posted 27 July 2012 - 08:05

Autosport, 26thJuly 2012, pg 31

Valerio Catelani, 37, and his co-driver Daniela Bertoneri, 34, were killed on an accident on last weekend's Coppa Citta di Lucca Rally in Italy. Their Peugeot 207 S2000 hit a wall, rolled into a ditch and caught fire, the duo unable to extricate themselves despite receiving assistance from fellow competitors and emergency crews.

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#2852 Darren Galpin

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Posted 31 July 2012 - 11:42

Salamanca Republican Press, 31st May 1922, pg 3

Brockport, May 30 - Grover Ash of Rochester, one of the promotors of the automobile races held at the fair grounds here today, was struck by one of the racing cars and instantly killed when he started across the speedway to warn spectators on the opposite side against pressing too close. The car was driven by Horace Shaw of Rochester, a personal friend. He said after the accident that Ash came out upon the track so quickly that it was impossible to avoid striking him.

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Posted 06 August 2012 - 07:07

Don't know if this counts, but a fan was killed at Pocono Raceway today after the NASCAR Sprint Cup race thanks to a lightning strike.

#2854 LittleChris

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Posted 10 August 2012 - 21:55

RIP Lee Vernon who has succumbed to injuries following a crash during the Dundrod 150 meeting.

Article below comes from the BBC Sport NI website

http://www.bbc.co.uk...reland/19202183

A promising young motorcycle racer has died from the injuries he sustained in an accident at the Dundrod 150 race meeting on Thursday.

Lee Vernon, 24, from Stoke-on-Trent, crashed on the fourth lap of the Superbike event at the Rock Bends section of the circuit.

He was taken to the Royal Victoria Hospital but died on Friday.

Ulster Grand Prix clerk-of-the-course Noel Johnston described Vernon as "a credit to the sport and to his family".

"I am deeply saddened by the news of Lee's death - he first came to Dundrod as an 18 year old novice and has been back every year since.

"He was a lovely lad and will be sorely missed," added Johnston.

"The Dundrod and District Motorcycle Club wish to extend their heartfelt sympathies to Lee's family and circle of friends," said a statement from the organisers.

The Dundrod 150 races were being held in advance of Saturday's main Ulster Grand Prix meeting.

Vernon had earlier finished fifth in the Supertwins race, equalling a similar result which he achieved in the 250cc class at the Ulster Grand Prix last year.

The motorcycle mechanic was a regular competitor at the North West 200, Isle of Man TT and Ulster Grand Prix in recent years, and also competed in a number of other smaller public road and short circuit events.

He took a podium position at the recent Armoy road races and also secured a number of impressive top-10 finishes at the highly regarded Southern 100 meeting on the Isle of Man in July.

Vernon is the second rider to lose his life at an international motorcycle meeting in Northern Ireland this year, with Mark Buckley having died at the North West 200 in May.

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Posted 18 August 2012 - 23:32

We now have more information on the riding mechanic Schaube, who was killed in the 1908 French Grand Prix. His first name was Jules, his last name was actually just Schaub, and his brothers and sisters included Jean, Emile, Joseph and Alexis. This is all thanks to the member dax, who posted a period newspaper article on his funeral in the "Riding Mechanics in GP before 1925" thread. Now the article was in French, and I don't know French, so my translation may not be that good, because I used Google Translator, the world's most reliable translating service :rolleyes:. So perhaps if someone who knew French could translate it, then that would be great.

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Posted 19 August 2012 - 15:01

We now have more information on the riding mechanic Schaube, who was killed in the 1908 French Grand Prix. His first name was Jules, his last name was actually just Schaub, and his brothers and sisters included Jean, Emile, Joseph and Alexis. This is all thanks to the member dax, who posted a period newspaper article on his funeral in the "Riding Mechanics in GP before 1925" thread. Now the article was in French, and I don't know French, so my translation may not be that good, because I used Google Translator, the world's most reliable translating service :rolleyes:. So perhaps if someone who knew French could translate it, then that would be great.

This is what the article says:
"Jules Shaub's funeral was held today at 3pm at Notre-Dame de la Gare church, Jeanne d'Arc square. Schaub was Cissac's riding mechanic, who also died at circuit de Dieppe.
The funeral was led by Mssrs Jean, Emile, Joseph and Alexis Schaub, Montécieux and Fenck, brothers and brothers-in-law of the deceased.
The president, members of the board, management and staff of the Panhard & Levassor company attended the convoy.
The burial took place at Evry graveyard"

I understand from this article that Jean, Emile, Joseph and Alexis (all male names in French) were Schaub's brothers, and Montécieux and Fenck (surnames) were his brothers-in-law.

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Posted 20 August 2012 - 06:12

OK, thanks for that.

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Posted 20 August 2012 - 06:30

I also discovered that Schaub was thirty-two, two years older then Henri Cissac, who was the driver of the car which Schaub was riding in, and was also killed.

#2859 Hugo Boecker

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Posted 20 August 2012 - 09:17

3 people were killed suring a rallye in Serbia. Bosnian driver Branimir Simic lost control of his car and crashed into a group of spectators. Of the four people injured three died, the fourth is out of danger.

http://www.sport1.de...age_601752.html


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Posted 20 August 2012 - 10:04

A search on this and other TNF threads does not bring up the name Jim Barrie, a Tasmanian (formerly of Victoria) who was killed at Queens Domain hillclimb in November 1961, having inverted his Barrie Zephyr sports car.

As the Australian newpapers for the period 1955 onwards are not available on line yet, I am having difficulty determining the date of this meeting and Jim's death.

He moved to Tasmania in early 1950s, having served in Papua New Guinea during the war and having been a midget speedcar driver in Melbourne in the late 1930s.

Can anyone assist?

#2861 midgrid

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Posted 23 August 2012 - 12:55

Russian Touring Car Championship driver Yuri Semenchev was killed in a crash at the Smolensk Ring last weekend.

#2862 ReWind

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Posted 26 August 2012 - 17:00

Missing from Motorsport Memorial is Pete Frazier (1957 – 2000) from Tulsa, Oklahoma, who had a heart attack while racing the „A“ feature race on Dutton’s Speedway, an 1/8 mile oval in Fort Cobb in Oklahoma on 23 July 2000 and crashed. He died the following day (Monday, 24 July 2000) in hospital in Lawton, Oklahoma.
Another version by a fellow racer:

Crash was at Fort Cobb, OK for the $10,000 to win Summer Sizzler on July 23, 2000. I was in the race, and came from the B-Main so I was near mid pack. Pete and someone got tangled up in the front, and both drivers had to go to the back. On the next restart 2 or 3 cars tangled and were flipping down the front straight. I drove low to dodge the wreck, but the cars behind us were blinded by our wings, and Pete hit the car that flipped. Not real sure what happened after that. They got him out of the car, and went off in the ambulance. We didn't know his condition until after the race. It was a very sad deal. (I believe Bayer won, I finished 5th)

Frazier specialized in micro sprints. In 1985 he founded a successful chassis company called Factor One which still is located in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. He was considered the best 600cc Micro racer ever.

He left behind a wife and two young daughters.

Since his death there have been several Pete Frazier Memorial races in Oklahoma and even in Delaware.

I think his real name was Harvey D. Frazier and he was born on 06 October 1957, but of that I'm not sure.

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#2863 LittleChris

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Posted 27 August 2012 - 20:42

RIP Steve Osborne who succumbed to his injuries following an accident during Manx GP practice on Firday.

http://www.manxradio...d.aspx?id=61198

#2864 Michael Ferner

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Posted 27 August 2012 - 22:00

Pete Frazier was also a two-time Modified (or Super-Modified) champion at Tulsa Speedway, driving for Lloyd K. Stephens in the OFIXCO team. He was then promoted to the NCRA Sprint or Champ Car team of Stephens in 1985, but didn't do too well - he was "only" 7th in points, for the acknowledged "super team" that had won the three previous championships. Frazier went back to the Micro Sprints where he continued to dominate.

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Posted 29 August 2012 - 22:11

RIP Trevor Ferguson

STATEMENT ISSUED ON BEHALF OF THE MANX MOTOR CYCLE CLUB

The Manx Motor Cycle Club, the organisers of the Manx Grand Prix, regret to announce the death of Trevor Ferguson, 48, from Castlecaulfield, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland following an incident at ‘The Nook’ on the approach to Governors Dip during today’s SuperTwin Manx Grand Prix Race.

Trevor, a shop owner, was an experienced racer on the Mountain Course. He first competed in the 2006 Manx Grand Prix and took part in six meetings. He had a highest placed sixth in the 2008 Junior Manx Grand Prix and recorded 12 finishes around the Mountain Course including an 11th place in this year’s Junior Manx Grand Prix, for which he received a replica.

Trevor, who was TT and MGP race winner Ryan Farquhar’s Uncle, was competing on one of Ryan’s KMR Kawasaki’s and was running in second place on the second lap of today’s SuperTwin race when the incident occurred.

Harvey Garton, Chairman of the Manx Motor Cycle Club, commented:

“Trevor was a major part of the Manx Grand Prix family and his support for the event was hugely appreciated. He was a very committed rider who loved racing around the Mountain Course on the Isle of Man and was enjoying a strong race today. On behalf of the Manx Motor Cycle Club I would like to extend my deepest sympathy to his family and friends.”

Trevor was married with three children and his next of kin have been informed.

The Coroner of Inquests has been notified and an investigation into the circumstances of the accident is underway.

#2866 Darren Galpin

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Posted 07 September 2012 - 07:10

Autosport, 6th September 2012, pg 28 & 59

A spectator was killed on the Rally Zlin on the 2nd September when Vaclav Kopacek's Subaru crashed.

#2867 Darren Galpin

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Posted 12 September 2012 - 13:06

Danville Bee, 20th March 1922, pg 10

Central Carolina Fairgrounds, Greensboro, NC
18th March 1922

Willis Wilds was fatally injured when he overturned during races, dieing two ours later at a local hospital. Ernest Brown, his mechanician, escaped witth only slight injuries. The incident happened on the first lap of a 10 mile race.

#2868 Vitesse2

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Posted 12 September 2012 - 15:29

A fatality caused the cancellation of the second day of Brighton Speed Trials last weekend. Charlotte Tagg, a motorcycle sidecar passenger, was killed on Saturday September 8th. The rider has not apparently been named, but is still in a critical condition in hospital.

http://www.eadt.co.u..._tagg_1_1512017

http://www.theargus....d_trials_crash/

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#2869 LittleChris

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Posted 12 September 2012 - 22:04

A fatality caused the cancellation of the second day of Brighton Speed Trials last weekend. Charlotte Tagg, a motorcycle sidecar passenger, was killed on Saturday September 8th. The rider has not apparently been named, but is still in a critical condition in hospital.

http://www.eadt.co.u..._tagg_1_1512017

http://www.theargus....d_trials_crash/

http://www.dailymail...o=feeds-newsxml



The rider is Roger Hollingshead.

http://www.brightona...ed-trials/17212

#2870 Michael Ferner

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Posted 13 September 2012 - 22:02

Missing from Motorsport Memorial is Sanford "Sam" Larsen (possibly: Larson), killed during qualifying for the 3rd Valley County Fair races at Ord, Nebraska on August 30, 1928. The event was held over three days, August 29 to 31, and sanctioned by the AAA for the first time in its history. It was also the only AAA race in Nebraska that year.

Larsen's fatal accident is also mentiond in later years in reports about the Ord races, wrongly dated as having happened in 1927. It is also mentioned in the book "Valley County Thunder" by V. Ray Valasek and Bob Mays, citing the correct year but giving the wrong date (August 28).

Larsen hailed from the small town of Holdrege in Nebraska, about fifty miles south of Ord, and was said to have been 26 years old. According to the reports, he'd been an employee at the DLD Tire Shop in Holdrege for six years, and had been racing for four years, citing some spurious accomplishments, including a second place finish at the 1926 Pikes Peak hill climb. In fact, there's no evidence that he ever competed at Pikes Peak, and his only other appearance in my records was at the 1927 Ord races in a Fronty Special, qualifying 9th in a field of twelve, and finishing second in the consy. During the time trials the day before his accident, he'd been 11th out of twelve, and failed to place in any of the races that day. Unnamed race officials were quoted as saying that they believed he was "pushing his car beyond its capacity", hitting a rut and crashing through a fence before finally turning over. He was taken to the Ord hospital and died in the evening, eight hours after the accident.

Sam Larsen's parents were given as Mr. and Mrs. Albert Larsen of Holdrege. He does not appear to have been married.

#2871 Nanni Dietrich

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Posted 15 September 2012 - 19:46

http://www.motorspor...h...=ms&n=10787

The Argentine rally co-driver, Víctor Hugo Zucchini who competed for several years inthe World Rally Championship alongside Carlitos Menem, died on 06 September 2012 as a consequence of an accident, while driving an UTV vehicle in the Rally Cross Country of Mendoza, Argentina. He was 51.

#2872 Darren Galpin

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Posted 21 September 2012 - 21:29

Autosport, 20th September 2012, pg 26

"A photographer was killed on last weekend's Asturias Rally in Spain after being hit by a competing car on Saturday morning [15th]. The accident occurred on the first stage of the day."

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Posted 23 September 2012 - 09:19

Here's one that appears to be missing from MM.

Bill Stokley, IMCA stock car driver, died on October 17 1951 after injuries sustained at the Oklahoma State Fair track on October 14 1951, driving a Plymouth.

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http://www.ultimater...hp?uniqid=11983

#2874 Darren Galpin

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Posted 25 October 2012 - 13:34

Muskogee Times Democrat, 5th July 1922, pg 2

"Cushing, OK, July 5th - 5000 persons yesterday afternoon saw Dale Spears, 24, bank cashier of this city, crushed to death beneath his automobile as it turned over twice during a race here yesterday afternoon. Earlier in the afternoon he ran into a motorcycle and sustained bruises."

#2875 Darren Galpin

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Posted 25 October 2012 - 13:55

Marion Weekly Sentinel, 6th July 1922, pg 1

Vinton, IA, 4th July 1922: Emmet Schrader lost control and went through the fence, throwing up heavy planks of wood which hit Mrs John Rickett and rendered her unconscious.



Atlantic News Telegraph, 5th July 1922, pg 8

"Cedar Rapids, July 5th: Mrs Jack Richard of this city died at Vinton today of injuries received yesterday while she was watching the automobile and motor cycle races in that city. She was leaning against the race track fence when a Nash special driven by Emmett Schrader, Newhall, IA, swerved and crashed thru the fence, running over her."



So, the spectator did die, but confusion over her name and exact circumstances.

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Posted 27 October 2012 - 14:50

Strangely even this week's AUTOSPORT's printed issue fails to notice the fatal accident that sadly happened in a supporting event to the WTCC round at Suzuka last Sunday (21 October 2012).

Experienced Japanese driver Osamu Nakajima (54) lost his life in a race of the so-called Super Taikyu GT championship.
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Posted 27 October 2012 - 22:43

Marion Weekly Sentinel, 6th July 1922, pg 1

Vinton, IA, 4th July 1922: Emmet Schrader lost control and went through the fence, throwing up heavy planks of wood which hit Mrs John Rickett and rendered her unconscious.



Atlantic News Telegraph, 5th July 1922, pg 8

"Cedar Rapids, July 5th: Mrs Jack Richard of this city died at Vinton today of injuries received yesterday while she was watching the automobile and motor cycle races in that city. She was leaning against the race track fence when a Nash special driven by Emmett Schrader, Newhall, IA, swerved and crashed thru the fence, running over her."



So, the spectator did die, but confusion over her name and exact circumstances.

I think the name problem is simply the convention of the time, a married woman was known by her husband's name (until widowed*) - in this case he was John or Jack (common familiar version of John) Richard.

*Typically if a Miss Mary Jones married a Mr John Smith she would be referred to formally as Mrs John Smith. If John Smith died, she would then be known as Mrs Mary Smith.


Edit: On re-reading the above I now notice the changed surname (Rickett / Richaed) which I had missed completely before. My apologies :blush:

Edited by D-Type, 07 November 2012 - 21:22.


#2878 Darren Galpin

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Posted 29 October 2012 - 12:52

Wichita Daily Times, 5th July 1922, pg 1

"Chattanooga, TENN, July 5th - Hazel Lewis, 11 years old, was almost instantly killed, and Anita Branson, 10, probably fatally injured yesterday when a wheel was thrown from a machine during an automobile race at a local park."

#2879 Nanni Dietrich

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Posted 29 October 2012 - 14:08

Another obscure case is the death of Ron Clineer, which happened at Houtzdale Speedway, PA. It appears that the crash that killed him took place in 1953, when the track was a dirt 1/2-miler and was also known as Houtzdale American Legion Speedway.
Source: The Wilson Howard Davis archives.
No date, no details, nothing.

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#2880 Jim Thurman

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Posted 29 October 2012 - 18:24

Another obscure case is the death of Ron Clineer, which happened at Houtzdale Speedway, PA. It appears that the crash that killed him took place in 1953, when the track was a dirt 1/2-miler and was also known as Houtzdale American Legion Speedway.
Source: The Wilson Howard Davis archives.
No date, no details, nothing.

A few minutes of searching what I have access to turns up that the name was Ron Clinger (though some accounts have his name as Klinger) and the accident happened in 1967. I haven't run across details, but found an obituary.

EDIT: Found newspaper account of the accident. The track apparently was a 1/4 mile at the time.

Edited by Jim Thurman, 29 October 2012 - 22:04.


#2881 Darren Galpin

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Posted 30 October 2012 - 09:04

The venue listed for Enos Bello here http://www.motorspor...hp?db=ct&n=8265 isn't quite correct. The details of the venue come from "The History of America's Speedways" by Allan Brown, but the Bakersfield Californian, 5th July 1922, pg 9 when detailing the results of the race on the 4th July, talks about a new 1 mile track, and the speed and time quoted for the race winner agree with it being 1 mile. Think that the actual venue is a new variant not detailed in Allan Brown's book.

Edited by Darren Galpin, 30 October 2012 - 09:09.


#2882 Michael Ferner

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Posted 30 October 2012 - 10:09

Darren is correct! I don't have much info on San Luis Obispo, but all the races I have there between 1923 and '25 were clearly run on a 1-mile track, mostly called Exposition Park, sometimes San Luis Obispo Speedway. Which means, that the Motorsport Memorial entries for Frank Rollins, Stan Brown and Horace Wallace all list the wrong track, too!

#2883 Darren Galpin

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 15:18

Ogden Standard Examiner, 25th July 1922, pg 3 & 4


Lagoon, UT, 24th July 1922

Mechanician Chris Chioles was killed and driver Charles Herman seriously injured when the Haynes they were in crashed into the fence during a 5 mile open race.

Edited by Darren Galpin, 06 November 2012 - 15:20.


#2884 Darren Galpin

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Posted 07 November 2012 - 09:49

I think the name problem is simply the convention of the time, a married woman was known by her husband's name (until widowed*) - in this case he was John or Jack (common familiar version of John) Richard.

*Typically if a Miss Mary Jones married a Mr John Smith she would be referred to formally as Mrs John Smith. If John Smith died, she would then be known as Mrs Mary Smith.


Looks like the reports of death were premature - the Sioux City Journal on the 29th August 1922 reports that Mrs Bess Richard launched a $10,000 injury suit againt Emett Schrader, Gus Schrader Jr and the Cedar Valley Nash Co alleging that Schrader was intoxicated at the time he entered the race and that the other defendents knew his condition.

#2885 Michael Ferner

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Posted 07 November 2012 - 10:21

Quite typical for the time. News snippets like "... probably fatally injured..." or "... not expected to live..." sell much better than "bruises and brush burns", "a bleeding nose" or "gash on the forehead". One gets used to it. :yawnface:

#2886 Darren Galpin

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Posted 08 November 2012 - 09:24

Ed Brink's date of death on http://www.motorspor...hp?db=ct&n=9926 is not correct. According to the Hammond Times, 12th August 1922, pg 11, the race meeting was on Sunday 13th, so Brink died on the 14th (in St Margaret's Hospital).

#2887 Nanni Dietrich

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 10:58

A contributor of the Motorsport Memorial from Macau, sent a message about a fatal accident which happened this morning during practice for the Macau formula 3 Grand Prix. A Portuguese driver was killed.
No other detail at the moment.
:-(

Edited by Nanni Dietrich, 15 November 2012 - 10:59.


#2888 Nanni Dietrich

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 13:43

Not Formula 3, but motorcycle Grand Prix:
http://www.motorspor...n_12111501.html

RIP Luis Filipe de Sousa Carreira.

#2889 Darren Galpin

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Posted 23 November 2012 - 09:29

According to Autosport, 22nd November 2012, pg 29, there was a fatal accident in the CTM Touring Car Cup event at Macau, with Phillip Yau Wing Choi being killed after crashing at Mandarin Bend in qualifying on Friday 16th November.

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 11:53

Two obsure cases from the isle of Corse, year 1999 and 2000.

In 1999 three unknown spectators lost their lives during the 12th Rallye de Corte-Centre Corse, when the Peugeot of Dominique Sodini went off the road. Poor informations about this tragedy.

According to this website
http://membres.multi...rally/06/06.htm
one year later, the President of the ASA Restonica (organizer of the event) during the prize ceremony of the 13th edition of the rally, proposed a minute of silence in memory of the three victims and also in tribute to Daniel Aguzzi, a rally driver from Corse who died one week before the rally on Sunday, 29 October 2000, while testing his rally car.
Possibly he was practicing in sight of the Rallye de Corte.

Other than this page, nothing is available in the web about Daniel Aguzzi's fatal accident.

It is controversial, indeed because one Daniel Aguzzi (a homonym? also from Corse?) was still racing in 2004, acting as co-driver to his son Tony Aguzzi:
http://www.ewrc-resu...t=Daniel-Aguzzi

:confused:

Edited by Nanni Dietrich, 07 December 2012 - 11:54.


#2891 Darren Galpin

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 12:44

Portsmouth Daily Times, 5th September 1922, pg 1

"George L.Richardson, 32, of Cleveland OH, died at the wheel of his automobile as he was preparing to participate in an automobile race at Alliance yesterday afternoon. An overdose of medicine, when he had taken to cure an attack of acute indigestion, caused his death according to Coroner McQuale."

#2892 LittleChris

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 21:54

Portsmouth Daily Times, 5th September 1922, pg 1

"George L.Richardson, 32, of Cleveland OH, died at the wheel of his automobile as he was preparing to participate in an automobile race at Alliance yesterday afternoon. An overdose of medicine, when he had taken to cure an attack of acute indigestion, caused his death according to Coroner McQuale."


Gawd, death by Rennie !


#2893 Graham Clayton

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Posted 09 December 2012 - 22:19

Australian speedway solo rider Darrin Winkler lost his life on the 8th of December during a meeting at Maryborough in Queensland:

http://www.news-mail...killed/1653038/

#2894 Darren Galpin

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Posted 20 December 2012 - 13:29

Dallas Morning News, 16th September 1922, pg 1

"Greenville, TX, Sept 15 - Ed Paris, 13 years old, was killed at the fairgrounds here today when he was struck by a racing automobile going fifty miles an hour. The lad attempted to cross the race track while the motor cars were warming up for the afternoon races at the county fair. The car was driven by Jack Hall and was demolished when Hall ran into a fence trying to miss Paris."

#2895 Darren Galpin

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Posted 10 January 2013 - 14:50

http://www.bbc.co.uk...merica-20975025 (1oth Jan)

Two killed in Dakar rally crash involving British team

Two people have been in killed in Peru in a head-on collision involving a support vehicle for the Dakar rally.

The victims were travelling in a taxi which hit a Land Rover from a British team of injured army veterans. Seven people - three of them Britons - were injured in the crash.

Three members of the British team, Race2Recovery, were flown to hospital in Lima. They are reported to be "stable and conscious" with injuries described as "non-life-threatening".

Four passengers from the taxi are also being treated in hospital.

Another taxi overturned while swerving to avoid the crash wreckage, but no-one in this vehicle is thought to have been seriously hurt.

Race2Recovery, which raises funds for military charities, said their vehicle had been travelling a convoy of support vehicles.



#2896 Ray Bell

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Posted 10 January 2013 - 16:12

This one should have been listed a long time ago...

Brian Tonkin died at a hillclimb at Silverton in western New South Wales. The climb was known as Peak Hill (not to be confused with the town of the same name, between Parkes and Dubbo in Central NSW) and ran from the early fifties to about 1958.

I have no idea when he was killed, what he was driving, only that he ran off the road at the hillclimb and died. If anyone can contact Don Mudie or possibly Neville Webb there might be more information available.

Or has Brian Lear found anything in his newspaper research?

The only mention I have of this incident is in a story I wrote for Motor Racing Australia back in 2000, I would assume it was from information I got while researching that story about the racing circuit that existed briefly in the same area.

#2897 Graham Clayton

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Posted 13 January 2013 - 02:11

Clement Goodwin Jones died on the 23rd of December 1908, when practising at Lancaster Park, Christchurch, New Zealand for a five mile motor cycle race against SF Napper on Christmas Day.
Travelling at about 25 mph, the front wheel of the bike collapsed, and Jones was flung into the fence skirting the track. A piece of timber entered his temple and inflicted terrible injuries, other portions of his head and body being also badly battered. Doctors were called but ‘could only pronounce that death was probably instantaneous’.

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#2898 Darren Galpin

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 13:10

Cedar Rapids Evening Gazette, 19th October 1922, pg 8

Iowa City, Oct 18: .... "The day was saddened by an unfortunate accident in the last race when Sylvester Hoffey, a nine year old boy, was struck by Mike Haddad, Cedar Rapids, as he attempted to cross the track, and was instantly killed."

#2899 Darren Galpin

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 13:38

Autosport, 17th January 2013, pg 46

Another death on the Dakar rally. French biker Thomas Bourgin was killed in a collision with a pilice car on a road liaison section in Chile on day seven.

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#2900 Darren Galpin

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Posted 29 January 2013 - 16:07

Minor correction:

On http://www.motorspor...php?db=ct&n=243 (Howdy Wilcox), it says "On the 117th lap of the first edition of the Altoona 200-Mile Race, held on the Labor Day 04 September 1923".

The 4th September 1923 was a Tuesday, so Labor Day would have been the 3rd, as it is on a Monday. So the date of the event is wrong.... Hence date of death might be out by a day too, unless Wilcox died the day after the accident.