nineveh_uk (nineveh_uk) wrote,

I've just been watching Grand Prix: the Killer Years on BBC4, which is ultimately an appalling example of why we really need Health and Safety legislation because without it commercial concerns will prefer to see men burned alive in racing cars.

This footage, shown towards the end of the programme, shows David Purley, who would win a George Medal for his bravery, trying to help fellow driver Roger Williamson whose car had suffered a fault and crashed. Purley's wearing a flame-retardent suit - the other men aren't. In fact in this case Roger Williamson, the driver of the crashed car, died of asphixiation rather than being burned alive. But numerous drivers did die of the latter.
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