Vintage race car crashes

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  1. Thorlifter

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    Amazing that some of those racers, after being spit out of a tumbling car can still move, let alone have the presence of mind to know they need to get off the track.

    A tough breed of men.
     
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    Those open cars were death traps in any kind of spin. Doubt if any of those guys who got thrown out lived. no seat belts, shoulder harness, helmets, roll-over cage...
     
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    :shock: Some of those I had seen before but not all of them. It's amazing the chances they took back then.
     
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    You can see several of the men moving pretty well just after hitting the ground. Of course they probably weren't moving so well the next day.
    You can be hurt pretty bad and not feel much when the adrenalin is flowing.
     
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    Some of them certainly survived the crashes. I'm pretty sure that some didn't though despite the claim on the website, no way they would be OK after some of those crashes (particularly the ones with going over the barriers). No seatbelts was safer than having seatbelts as they could get out quicker if there was a fire (which usually there was), also generally better than using your head as a roll bar. Watched a programme with Stirling Moss describing why they didn't wear seatbelts.

    Seen some of them before, looks like a few of them were from the old AVUS track in Germany - AVUS - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Those certainly were crazy days, they were nearing 200mph in those cars and just look at them compared to nowadays. Yeah, they could go in a straight line but they didn't really stop or go round corners that well and of course would fry you if you crashed...
     
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