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A most tantalising point. Had Bruce lived I'm certain that McLaren would have made excellent road cars throughout the 1970s, and beyond, if the company had received sufficient investment. Competing with Porsche is altogether another question, especially where investment is concerned.

Ferry Porsche wrote in his autobiography that he had learned at an early age to divide the company's income into three parts. The three parts are to pay tax, overheads, and money for rainy days. It's a business model that works well in Germany, and it's not a coincidence that Porsche remain today as the world's most profitable automotive concern.

It's nearly 51 years since Bruce died at Goodwood, but he achieved more in his 32 years than most, including the 'production' of an attractive roadgoing sports car.
 

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In photo 2 is the guy with the hammer...

A) chipping the windscreen away.

B) Making sure Bernd's gloves are on tight.

C) Going to play a joke a squish the cup.

And how about a caption contest for photo 4...

One day son you could be driving that if you eat your greens.
 

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Yes, indeed, Mark. A very sad photo. The baby is Bernd junior. Another pic below of Bernd, Ernst von Delius (Auto-Union), Prof Porsche and Rudi Caracciola (Mercedes).

Ernst von Delius was just 25 when he died at the Nurburgring, 1937, after tangling with Dick Seaman's Mercedes. Another tragedy...
 

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No need for that!

Its just a reminder of how deadly the sport was until relatively recently

Interesting to reflect on how attitudes to mortality have changed over the years.
 

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Too true. Attitudes to mortality, eh...

I spent years and years studying, reading and absorbing the minutiae behind the 1955 Le Mans debacle. It's impossible for my children's generation to understand, but... it was just 10 years after the War.

Everyone knew someone, or knew of someone, who had died during Hitler's period of insanity. When 84 folk died at Le Mans, it was "just another chapter" in misery.

Easy for youngsters to judge, by their standards, but judging is a dangerous enterprise.

All these years later... Well, what do we think?
 

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Re: Le Mans '55... It made me appreciate how courageous one had to be "in the day" to climb into the driver's seat of machines that were, at best, only slightly fatal on a good day. The safety features of today's cars make us believe that one could survive almost anything. Watching Mark Webber flip his Merc and come out unscathed...just WOW.
 

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He was doubly lucky as the prang that was filmed was the second time it happened to him. The first occurrence was out of anyone's sight and he was severely told off for losing control. They didn't believe that the car was aerodynamically dodgy and he couldn't prove that it was not a driving error. Then it happened again, exactly as he described the first accident and it was caught on film.
 

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Seem to remember it being a works mobil sponsored 911 gt1 /98, think it was in the states, possibly Mc nish driving.
Exactly the same issue, following another car closely, either crested the track or pulled out to pass, then the take off and somersault.
 
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