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Published July 13, 2018

Motor racing is an exciting, fast-moving sport – but it’s also dangerous. My father has watched Formula One racing for as long as I can remember, and I recall the day that Ayrton Senna was killed in a race in 1994. That was shocking.

However, the 1955 Le Mans crash was on a completely different scale. There are some utterly horrific pictures of the aftermath; people running in panic from the flames, bodies lying in piles, coats and jackets lying far too flat where their heads should be.

It seems somewhat incredible that only one of the drivers was killed; the others escaped without any serious injury. Some ascribe Fangio’s survival to the reactions of Pierre Levegh; although he didn’t have time to save himself, he was able to raise a hand to warn his teammate in the car behind.

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Selected Sources and Further Reading/Viewing:

The Mike Hawthorn tribute site

The Deadliest Crash – BBC Documentary (Note: This is currently available on UKTV Play)

Wikipedia articles on: The crash, Mike Hawthorn, Juan Manuel Fangio, Pierre Levegh

Jalopnik article

Independent article

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