• Short Summary

    The annual world renowned endurance test of car and driver, the 24-hour Le Mans Race, started with drivers already in their cars, foregoing the famous "Le Mans Start" for safety reasons.

  • Description

    The annual world renowned endurance test of car and driver, the 24-hour Le Mans Race, started with drivers already in their cars, foregoing the famous "Le Mans Start" for safety reasons.

    Several hours into the race a Track Marshal was killed and another injured when a works entered Ferrari driven by Belgian Jacky Ickx caught fire and crashed.

    Ickx was apparently unhurt.

    The Belgian driver was lying second at the time. His withdrawal left West German entered Porsches commanding the first five places.

    But a few minutes later the leading Porsche, driven by the Swiss, Jo Siffert, also caught fire in front of the pits, He was forced to retire.

    Eye-witnesses said the death crash came as Ickx and race leader Siffert sped for a bend close together. Siffert got there first and Ickx has to brake hard to avoid a collision. Then the Ferrari's wheels locked.

    Ten hours from the start only 30 of the original 51 cars were still racing.

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    Film ID:
    VLVADPA773ON7QAI4NOUFPV2CGQ9D
    Media URN:
    VLVADPA773ON7QAI4NOUFPV2CGQ9D
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    13/06/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:00:55:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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