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      04-07-2020, 01:52 PM   #23
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On this day 7th April 1968 Jim Clark lost his life at Hockenheim in F2 race.Never been known why he left the track around 160mph,the car was so badly damaged.
I remember the initial disbelief, then the shock and sadness.

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While Formula 2 was a "feeder" series to Formula 1, back then a lot of the Formula One drivers participated on their days off. Formula 1 drivers would typically dominate the top finishing positions but their points weren't counted toward the championship.
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While Formula 2 was a "feeder" series to Formula 1, back then a lot of the Formula One drivers participated on their days off. Formula 1 drivers would typically dominate the top finishing positions but their points weren't counted toward the championship.
Mario Andretti used to drive "anything" in the 60's and 70's....Midgets, Sprint Cars, NASCAR, Indy Car, F1.

We used to go to Ascot Park's 1/2 mile clay oval track and drive from San Diego to LA on Thanksgiving night to watch the USAC Midgets that were driven by many of the then-current Indy Car stars, including Andretti, Foyt, Unser, etc.
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On this day 7th April 1968 Jim Clark lost his life at Hockenheim in F2 race.Never been known why he left the track around 160mph,the car was so badly damaged.
I remember the terrible news....another driver killed; this period of motorsport was so deadly; Jackie Stewart said he attended something like six funerals in six months.
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Back in the sixties there were only 9 to 12 grand prix races in a season. That left a lot of weekends for the drivers to get behind the wheel in the other series. Dan Gurney was another driver that could be found driving just about anything.
I should also point out how hard a race fan had to work at following the racing scene. The weekly newspaper, Competition Press, was a must have subscription along with the monthly race reporting by Road&Track. We'd read cover to cover, then the discussions would begin. Otherwise information was more than scarce. By the way, Competition Press later became the weekly magazine Autoweek.
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I remember the terrible news....another driver killed; this period of motorsport was so deadly; Jackie Stewart said he attended something like six funerals in six months.
It was because of Jackie Stewart's insistence that safety was improved in F1 from the early seventies leading from better track and driver safety equipment.
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That was another thing about the sixties...the driver's fraternity was built on personal friendships...this photo from a Dunlop tire advertisement.
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We always went for the weekend...so yes, we were there when Cevert was killed. An incredibly sad day experienced by everyone at the track. Teammate, Jackie Stewart, immediately withdrew and left.
From '65 to '77 it was a twice a year (minimum) visit...the USRRC, the CanAm, the TransAm, and the 6 hours of the Glen in the summer, the GP the first weekend in October.
I did attend the '67 Canadian GP at Mosport, the rest (17) at Montreal.

Here's Dan Gurney in the Brabham overtaking mouse clicker Lorenzo Bandini in the Ferrari...1965 the last year of the 1.5L formula.
it was very difficult to be there for Sunday morning warmup - as Michael Andretti came past us on a semi-long straight between turns 3-4 there were vapor trails coming off the edges of the rear wing

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