After practice session July 31, the 1959 Berlin Grand Prix on the fast circuit at Avus, West Berlin, opened August 1 for 1500cc sports cars with top international race drivers competing.
GV.PAN.Start of race.
GV. Cars around North Bend.
LV. Car No. 32 burns on roadside, driver Doery of Argentina.
G.TOP T.Cars around North Bend.
TOP V.PAN.Cars racing.
CU. Car No. 22 Joakim Bonnier of Sweden on Porsche.
CU. Car No. 28 Heinrich Walter of Switzerland on Porsche.
TOP V. John Campbell-Jones of Britain in car no. 27 on Lotus.
TOP V. Car No. 7 Cooper-Climax driver by Stirling Moss.
GV. Area where Behra crashed.
Lorry pulls above crashed car from hedge.
CU. Racing shot, car No. 23 Wolfgang von Trips of Germany on Porsche.
G.TOP V.Car No. 23 takes lead from car no.22 Bonnier.
GV. Winner around track towards finish and passes winning flag.
SV. Spectators applaud.
SCU. Winner von Trips talks to Bonnier, second.
SV. The above walk to dais.
CU. Winner is presented with flowers.
LV. Von Trips places flowers over Bonnier's head.
SPORT: CAR RACING
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Background: After practice session July 31, the 1959 Berlin Grand Prix on the fast circuit at Avus, West Berlin, opened August 1 for 1500cc sports cars with top international race drivers competing.
One of them was Jean Behra of France who crashed and died later in hospital (Editors: See 5265/59). Another to crash was Antonio v Doery of Argentina. He escaped without serious injury.
The length of the course is 8.3 kilometres with a saucer-shaped bend at the northern end. This is known to some as a 'wall of death'.
At speeds of 250 kilometres an hour on the straight, German pilot Wolfgang von Trips in a Porsche beat Sweden's Joakim Bonnier also in a Porsche over the finish.