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Author Topic: Gilles and Didlier  (Read 25508 times)

Online Dare

Gilles and Didlier
« on: May 08, 2024, 10:54:44 PM »

Good article if your a Gilles fan and he couldn't be. I'd
love to see the documentary


https://www.planetf1.com/features/villeneuve-pironi-documentary


Mark Twain once opined, "it's easier to con someone than to convince them they've been conned."

Online Jericoke

Re: Gilles and Didlier
« Reply #1 on: May 09, 2024, 04:06:28 PM »
I've seen the doc.  It's all before my time, so I only knew the broad strokes.

Understanding what it meant to their families add such a huge dimension.  And seeing how their families dealt with it?  A very good insight into how good people deal with tragedy.

Offline lkjohnson1950

Re: Gilles and Didlier
« Reply #2 on: May 09, 2024, 08:02:32 PM »
Unfortunately, many families went through this "back in the day". The death of Clark was an eye opener. A number of drivers said things like if it can happen to Jimmy, it can happen to anyone. A columnist at the time wrote a fine piece stating Clark wasn't killed by a flat tire, or a suspension failure, he was killed by a tree. A tree that had no business being there. But safety took a long time to improve. First came guardrails, but drivers were killed by the very guardrails meant to protect them. Today, cars are so safe, tracks are so safe, we don't have to deal with the issue of driver deaths very often. It saddens me to think if Clark had the same accident today, he would hit a soft, impact absorbing barrier and pop out waving to the crowd.
Lonny

Online Dare

Re: Gilles and Didlier
« Reply #3 on: May 09, 2024, 08:20:30 PM »
If anyone would like to see the film it's on YouTube
Mark Twain once opined, "it's easier to con someone than to convince them they've been conned."

Offline cosworth151

Re: Gilles and Didlier
« Reply #4 on: May 10, 2024, 04:18:31 PM »
There's a saying in aviation that applies just as well to racing - the regulations are written in blood. The only time they change is after someone gets killed.
“You can search the world over for the finer things, but you won't find a match for the American road and the creatures that live on it.”
― Bob Dylan

Online Dare

Re: Gilles and Didlier
« Reply #5 on: May 10, 2024, 09:32:58 PM »
Yeah there used be no speed limit in the pits
Mark Twain once opined, "it's easier to con someone than to convince them they've been conned."

Offline cosworth151

Re: Gilles and Didlier
« Reply #6 on: May 11, 2024, 07:47:45 PM »
Back in the 60's and earlier, there was no pit lane. The pits were at the side of the track with no barriers of any kind between the pit crews and the full speed race cars.

Here's the pits at Sebring in 1961. I don't think those hay bails would have stopped an out of control race car.
“You can search the world over for the finer things, but you won't find a match for the American road and the creatures that live on it.”
― Bob Dylan

 


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