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41,329. It’s going to be a season with lots of accidents, and I’ll risk saying that we'll be lucky if something really serious doesn't happen. (Accident & Motor Racing & Instinct) Ayrton Senna
70,269. And suddenly I realised that I was no longer driving the car consciously. I was driving it by a kind of instinct, only I was in a different dimension. (Dimension & Motor Racing) Ayrton Senna
72,853. You will never know the feeling of a driver when winning a race. The helmet hides feelings that cannot be understood. (Feeling & Motor Racing) Ayrton Senna
81,605. Formula 1 is political – it is money. Ayrton Senna
81,606. Somehow I got closer to God. Ayrton Senna
81,607. I was fucked many times by the system. (Motor Racing & System) Ayrton Senna
81,608. Aaaargh! Fucking hell! I’ve won! (Motor Racing & Win) Ayrton Senna, 1991 Brasil
81,609. The cars are immediately less stable without the electronic suspension. Ayrton Senna 1994
81,678. Racing, competing, it’s in my blood. It’s part of me, it’s part of my life; I have been doing it all my life and it stands out above everything else. Ayrton Senna
48,320. In the mid-1980s rallying became more popular than Formula 1. Rules were changed allowing manufacturers to create ever more crazy and powerful cars. (Cars & Motor Racing) Madness on Wheels: Rallying’s Craziest Years
48,321. Rallying quickly became lethal. (Cars & Motor Racing) ibid.
48,322. Rallying started as a hobby for motoring enthusiasts using their everyday cars. (Cars & Motor Racing) ibid.
48,323. Women competed equally alongside men. (Cars & Motor Racing) ibid.
48,324. The Audi Quattro became such a car. (Cars & Motor Racing) ibid.
48,325. In 1984 over one million people would go to the RAC rally. (Cars & Motor Racing) ibid.
48,326. The World Rally Championship continues to this day. The rallies are shorter and spectators strictly controlled. The power of the cars is restricted. (Cars & Motor Racing) ibid. caption
48,341. Brooklands: the first motor-racing track in the world. (Car & Motor Racing) Paul McGann, The Petrol Age I: Full Throttle, Sky Atlantic 2013
48,344. Motor racing continued to borrow from the equestrian era. Drivers raced in coloured silks like jockeys. (Cars & Motor Racing) Paul McGann, The Petrol Age II: Streetcars of Desire
48,361. The golden age in which Moss raced was also a dangerous one. (Cars & Motor Racing) Paul McGann, The Petrol Age: Trailblazers IV
48,362. By the 1960s motor racing was becoming a big business. (Cars & Motor Racing) ibid.
48,363. Today there simply couldn’t be a Colin Chapman. (Cars & Motor Racing) ibid.
81,610. Since the late ’70s Formula One motor-racing has been in another of its golden eras. Grids packed with closely matched cars skilfully driven, spectacular to watch. The British teams – all of them small independent companies – have shared success with their traditional Italian companies. The design of these cars has progressed steadily. Horizon: Gentlemen Lift Your Shirts, BBC 1981
81,611. But this year skirts must be lifted. The French rule-makers have banned this new technology from all future races. ibid.
81,612. Ever since the ’30s a Formula – or set of regulations – has governed Grand Prix racing. ibid.
81,613. Williams will be there: skirts lifted. ibid.
81,614. It’s September 10th 1961 and the Grand Prix circus descends on the Italian city of Monza. German hero Wolfgang von Trips lines his Ferrari up on the grid against British golden boy Jim Clark. At stake is the Grand Prix crown. Moments later, fifteen spectators and Von Trips would lie scattered and dead. Grand Prix: The Killer Years
81,615. The race always continuing as the dead bodies were tidied away. This is the story of that terrifying era and that long painful road to a safer future. ibid.
81,616. Cooper [rear engine design] did all this from a small Surbiton lock-up. Proving that success was about fresh thinking and not industrial might. ibid.
81,617. Enzo Ferrari was a traditionalist who believed that powerful engines was all you needed for success. ibid.
81,618. Lotus and its chief engineer Colin Chapman were fast gaining a reputation for making lethal machines. One race in 1960 [Berlin] would take a long time to forget. ibid.
81,619. The drivers wore lucky charms rather than seat-belts. ibid.
81,620. Jim Clarke and his Lotus Climax cleaned up in 1963 and 1965. ibid.
81,621. Competition from the garagistas was taking Grand Prix racing to a new level. ibid.
81,622. Jim Clark’s funeral was attended by over fifty-thousand people. ibid.
81,623. Schleicher was burnt alive. ibid.
81,624. Stewart began pushing for the most fundamental of safety considerations. ibid.
81,625. The next thing to arrive on the grid was the aerofoil. ibid.
81,626. In came major sponsors, and with them a kaleidoscope of colour. ibid.
81,627. Chapman was still the kingmaker, but is was with a heavy heart. ibid.
81,628. It seemed as though the spectre of death had established itself in the very DNA of the sport. And its grip couldn’t be shaken loose. ibid.
81,629. Roger Williams: this was to be his last Grand Prix [Dutch] ... Still the race would not be stopped. The marshals would be ill equipped. ibid.
81,630. In 1976 a Grand Prix season finally passed without a death on the track. ibid.
81,631. 1984: Toleman. Senna 2010 starring Ayrton Senna & Alain Prost & Frank Williams & Ron Dennis et al, director Asif Kapadi
81,632. 1985: Lotus. ibid.
81,633. 1988: McLaren. ibid.
81,634. 1990: Amazing. For the third time in a row the championship hinged on the race in Japan. ibid.
81,635. 1992: For the next season the level of competition was distorted by what was going on technically with the Williams car. The car balanced itself. Each corner was controlled by a computer. ibid.
81,636. 1993: He did accomplish some of his greatest drives even though he spent most of his time staring at the back of a Williams car which was much faster than his. ibid.
81,637. 1994: San Marino Grand Prix Friday 29th April 1994: The car is worse. ibid. Senna
81,638. Saturday 30th April 1994: Roland Ratzenberger succumbed to the injuries sustained in the accident which took place at Imola circuit. ibid. announcer
81,639. Senna crashes hard! At Tamburello Corner. A very serious accident. ibid. commentary
81,640. Ayrton Senna died aged 34. In the aftermath of his death, the FIA appointed Ayrton’s friend, Professor Sid Watkins, to improve safety in Formula 1. There has not been a fatality in Formula 1 since. ibid. caption
81,641. Fifties’ racing legend Sir Stirling Moss … one man won the hearts and minds of the British public. Racing Legends: Stirling Moss, BBC 2012
81,642. Stirling Moss was post-war Britain’s first professional racing driver. ibid.
81,643. He moved from team to team – from rallying to racing. ibid.
81,644. He has lost teeth, broken his shoulder, both legs, his back, his skull and has been in a coma for thirty-eight days. ibid.
81,645. He was invited to drive for the famously manipulative Enzo Ferrari. But at the last minute Ferrari opted for a famous Italian driver instead. ibid.
81,646. German giants Mercedes came knocking. ibid.
81,647. 1955 Aintree Grand Prix: Moss v Fangio. ibid.
81,648. 1961 Monaco … Stirling trounced the red Italians. ibid.
81,649. He was involved in an accident that ended his career. ibid.