Thursday, August 19, 2010
Le Mans 1955: The Moment of Impact
This photo was taken moments after Pierre Levegh's Mercedes flew into the grandstand on June 11, 1955. The hood flew off, decapitating the first row of spectators. The engine parts followed like a spray of shrapnel. Most accounts give the death toll at eighty, though I don't think that was ever confirmed. Another unresolved question: Was Wolfgang von Trips originally scheduled to drive? Did the Mercedes race director Alfred Neubauer switch von Trips for Levegh? If so, why?