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Background: The dangerous sport of motor racing has claimed many victims. Some have been famous, such as the World Champion Jim Clark and the Austrian ace Jochen Rindt, while others have been unknown outside their immediate competitive circles. Often memorials, trust funds and so on have been set up to individual drivers, but until now there has never been a general memorial in tribute to the men who have died on the track.
Such a monument has now been erected at Modena, Italy. The organising committee met under the patronage of the President of Italy, Signor Leone Giovanni, and included top officials from the world of motor sport as well as two of the world's best-known drivers -- the veteran Argentine ???ngio and the current world champion, Jackie Stewart. The unveiling ceremony was held on Thursday (September 7) but fog prevented the attendance of the present contenders for the world championship who were to have flown from the racing circuit at Monza.
SYNOPSIS: A memorial to all drivers how have died in motor racing has been erected at Modena in Italy.
Thousands of people attended the dedication service on thursday. But one important group of people were unable to be there. The drivers who are contending for the present World Championship title should have flown in from Monza, but fog grounded their flight. High Mass was celebrated by Don Sergio Mantovani.
Drivers from all over the world are remembered by the monument, which is the first memorial to all those who have died in motor racing, whether famous or little-known. Italian driver Andrea Merzario performed the act of unveiling the memorial.
The monument was planned by a committee under the patronage of the President of Italy, Signor Leone Giovanni. The committee included many top officials from the world of motor racing. Competitors were represented by two of the most famous drivers of all time - the legendary Fangio from Argentina, and the reigning World Champion, Jackie Stewart.