• Short Summary

    GERMAN RACING DRIVER WOLFGANG VON TRIPS AND ELEVEN SPECTATORS WERE KILLED AFTER A COLLISION BETWEEN TWO CARS IN THE MONZA GRAND PRIX IN ITALY, SEPT 10.

  • Description

    GERMAN RACING DRIVER WOLFGANG VON TRIPS AND ELEVEN SPECTATORS WERE KILLED AFTER A COLLISION BETWEEN TWO CARS IN THE MONZA GRAND PRIX IN ITALY, SEPT 10. THE GERMAN (NO 4) WAS LEADING IN HIS FERRARI AT 140 MPH IN THE FIRST LAP WHEN HIS REAR WHEEL BRUSHED THE FRONT WHEEL OF A LOTUS DRIVEN BY JIM CLARK (NO 36) OF BRITAIN. IT HAPPENED JUST AS THEY WERE GOING INTO THE SOUTH CURVE.

    THE FERRARI SHOP UP A BANK AND THRASHED ALONG THE STEEL SAFETY FENCE MOVING DOWN A ROW OF SPECTATORS BEFORE IT LUNGED BACK ON THE TRACK, THROWING THE DRIVER OUT. VON TRIPS DIED ON THE WAY TO HOSPITAL. CLARK LANDED IN THE DITCH IN HIS CAR. HE WAS UNHURT. LATER HE SAID: "THERE WAS NOTHING I COULD DO. HE JUST PULLED STRAIGHT INTO MY PATH."
    RESCUE WORKERS WERE SOON ON THE SCENE AND MOST OF THE HUGE CROWD WATCHING THE RACE KNEW NOTHING OF THE DISASTER. AT LEAST 19 PEOPLE WERE TAKEN TO HOSPITAL AND THREE OF THEM ARE SAID TO BE IN A SERIOUS CONDITION.

    SOON AFTER THIS COLLISION THERE WAS ANOTHER IN ALMOST THE SAME PLACE. THIS TIME NEITHER JOHN SURTEES (NO42), IN A COOPER, OR JOACHIK BONNIER (NO 44), IN A PORSCHE WAS INJURED. GERALD ASHMORE (NO 18), OF BRITAIN LOST CONTROL OF HIS COOPER ON THE SAME CURVE AND WAS TAKEN TO HOSPITAL WITH A SUSPECTED BROKEN RIB.

    BEFORE THE START OF THE RACE, VON TRIPS HAD A FOUR-POINT LEAD OVER HIS AMERICAN TEAM MATE PHIL HILL (NO 2) IN THE WORLD DRIVING CHAMPIONSHIP TABLE. WITHOUT KNOWING HIS FRIEND HAD BEEN KILLED, HILL TOOK THE LEAD WHICH HE KEPT UNTIL THE END OF THE RACE. HILL IS NOW THE CHAMPION FOR 1961 WITH ONE MORE RACE TO GO. HE COVERED THE COURSE AT AN AVERAGE OF 130-MPH, TO WIN IN TWO HOURS, THREE MINUTES, THIRTEEN SECONDS.

    ANOTHER AMERICAN, DAN GURNEY, (NO 46), WAS SECOND IN A PORSCHE, WITH BRUCE MCLAREN (NO 12) OF NEW ZEALAND THIRD IN A COOPER. AUSTRALIAN JACK BRABHAM (NO 10), THE PRESENT WORLD CHAMPION, AND STIRLING MOSS (NO 28) OF BRITAIN WERE FORCED TO RETIRE WITH ENGINE TROUBLE.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA3JBUI9O5CZ36COAZGEW4KOJ20
    Media URN:
    VLVA3JBUI9O5CZ36COAZGEW4KOJ20
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    11/09/1961
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:54:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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