At a Paris church August 5 the funeral took place of Jean Behra, the 38 year old French motor racing driver.
At a Paris church August 5 the funeral took place of Jean Behra, the 38 year old French motor racing driver. Among the mourners were his father, Behra's 13 year old son and racing colleague Maurice Trintignant. The burial will take place in Nice.
Behra, leader of the Ferrari team, died of injuries in crashing on the steep embankment of the north bend of the Avus circuit, West Berlin, during the sports car race at the German Grand Prix August 1. The Avus circuit in one of the fastest in the world. The perilous saucer-shaped north bend in called a "wall of death" in Press criticism.
Behra's death follows that of Peter Collins, Mike Hawthorn and Ivor Bueb. The day of his funeral, Maria Teresa de Filippis, regarded in Italy as the world's leading woman driver, said she was giving up motor racing because of his death.