• Short Summary

    A crowd of several thousand watched in horror as a young drag racer died in the disintegrating wreckage of his machine during a meeting in Gainsvilla, florida on Sunday (16 March).

  • Description

    A crowd of several thousand watched in horror as a young drag racer died in the disintegrating wreckage of his machine during a meeting in Gainsvilla, florida on Sunday (16 March).

    Death came within a matter of seconds. The machine broke apart as Russell Mendez was nearing the end of his quarter mile run ... he had only been on the track for 4.8 seconds.

    The car was travelling at more than 260 miles an hour (416 kph). Mendez was dead when rescuers reached him.

    An investigation into the cause of the crash has been started. Despite the speeds reached by the rocket powered cars, the fatality rate in drag racing is very small.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA9WMG4NMUQNRIGC0IVGA65Z7PM
    Media URN:
    VLVA9WMG4NMUQNRIGC0IVGA65Z7PM
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    19/03/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:00:41:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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