Hard to believe, but it is 45 years since that fateful day at Noisring Jul 11 71. I am alerted to this by a message from Motor Sport and a story of his last great drive in the 917 at Osterreichring, June 1971.
MS wrote extensively about his exploits on track and correctly rated him among the very best sportscar drivers ever. From their archives this quote appears from the Aug 71 issue:
"The prowess of Rodriguez in sports-car racing was such that we referred to him in last month's Editorial and the concluding words of our Austrian 1,000 km. race report (page 806) were written before he died. It is by these deeds that this great little driver will be remembered and mourned".