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I think classes were added according to what type of vehicle entered. When the turbines came along. Rover BRM 1963, 64 & 65 and the Howmet 1968 they had a class of their own. Usually it went in grouping of engine capacity and/or how many cars were built. Thats why in 1965 the 250 LM Ferraris were in the prototype class because not enough had been built to fulfil the requirement of group 4. The group they should have been in.

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Without being morbid I think it was the Mercedes engine off levegh's going into the crowd that caused most of the 88 casualities. Also there was a rumor that Mercedes were using magnesium in their cars which caused the car to burn ferociously! As for Levegh raising his arm to warn Fangio of the impending danger; it was never proved. He could have put his hand up to protect himself knowing that he was going to crash.

Still it was a horrible event.

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