• Short Summary

    TRAGEDY TO ROUEN IN THE FRENCH GRAND PRIX. WITHIN MINUTES OF THE RACE STARTING AROUND?

  • Description

    TRAGEDY TO ROUEN IN THE FRENCH GRAND PRIX. WITHIN MINUTES OF THE RACE STARTING AROUND THE WOODED CIRCUIT, JO SCHLESSER, A 40-YEAR-OLD FRENCH DRIVER, DIED FROM BURNS WHEN HIS CAR CRASHED AT 130 MPH (208 KMS) ON A DOWN-HILL BEND.

    SCHLESSER WAS DRIVING THE NEW THREE-LITRE, EIGHT CYLINDER HONDA, AN AIR COOLED CAR MAKING ITS FIRST APPEARANCE IN A RACE. AND FOR THE DRIVER IT WAS ONLY HIS THIRD FORMULA ONE DRIVE. FIVE SPECTATORS WERE ALSO SLIGHTLY BURNED AS THE FLAMES LEAPT 15 FEET (5 METRES) TO AN ENCLOSURE.

    SCHLESSER IS THE 13TH DRIVER TO DIE IN A MOTOR RACING ACCIDENT THIS YEAR.

    SCHLESSER WAS TRAPPED IN THE CAR WHILE FIRE FIGHTERS TRIED TO EXTINGUISHED THE FLAMES. HE WAS PULLED ALIVE FROM THE BLAZING WRECK BUT DIED SOON AFTERWARDS.

    THE RACE WAS WON BY JACKIE ICKX (REPEAT ICKX) OF BELGIUM IN AN ITALIAN V-12 FERRARI. IT WAS HIS FIRST GRAND PRIX WIN. JOHN SURTEES OF BRITAIN IN A HONDA WAS 2ND AND JACKIE STEWART OF BRITAIN IN A MATRA FORD V-08 THIRD.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAEJYL9KFF0JXXLEOXRM21E26PB
    Media URN:
    VLVAEJYL9KFF0JXXLEOXRM21E26PB
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    08/07/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:26:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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