Another race in Russia - 1909
Posted 08 October 2007 - 08:45
Oelwein Daily Register, 28th June 1909, pg 117
“Moscow, June 38 – M.Vachinin, who was prominent in many St Petersburg societies, and his chauffeur, were killed in an automobile race. His car rolled down an embankment, crushing the two men.”
I can't match this report to an event at the moment, and the fatal accident isn't on motorsportmemorial.org either. Can anyone help fill in the gaps?
Posted 08 October 2007 - 15:00
Vetchinin is regarded as the first victim of motor racing in Russia.
Posted 08 October 2007 - 15:51
Posted 08 October 2007 - 19:03
Posted 17 October 2007 - 19:06
What Alexey wrote is correct. I'd only precise that his co-driver was of German origin and so his name most probably should be Hertz. The date June 14 is according old calendar used in Russia up to 1918, it was June 27 (almost) everywhere else.
I also tend to think that this fatality wasn't racing but just road accident. The event was simple verst (1,0668 km) run in the straight line, so popular in Russia back then. There was no official practice, Vetchinin drove the car too fast and reckless at his own risk. After the tragedy occurred the race seems to have been cancelled.
Vetchinin was in fact a wealthy St. Petersburg resident, mad about speed. He used to say: 'What is good in my racing car that if I'd crash, I'd be killed immediately, at least without suffering too much'. Together with Count Alexander A. Mordvinov he instituted Coupe de Vitesse several times. They both can be regarded as the true racing drivers, of which were only a few in pre-WWI Russia.