Zandvoort: Professional View

Author

admin

Browse pages
Current page

1

Current page

2

Current page

3

Current page

4

Current page

5

Current page

6

Current page

7

Current page

8

Current page

9

Current page

10

Current page

11

Current page

12

Current page

13

Current page

14

Current page

15

Current page

16

Current page

17

Current page

18

Current page

19

Current page

20

Current page

21

Current page

22

Current page

23

Current page

24

Current page

25

Current page

26

Current page

27

Current page

28

Current page

29

Current page

30

Current page

31

Current page

32

Current page

33

Current page

34

Current page

35

Current page

36

Current page

37

Current page

38

Current page

39

Current page

40

Current page

41

Current page

42

Current page

43

Current page

44

Current page

45

Current page

46

Current page

47

Current page

48

Current page

49

Current page

50

Current page

51

Current page

52

Current page

53

Current page

54

Current page

55

Current page

56

Current page

57

Current page

58

Current page

59

Current page

60

Current page

61

Current page

62

Current page

63

Current page

64

Current page

65

Current page

66

Current page

67

Current page

68

Current page

69

Current page

70

Current page

71

Current page

72

Current page

73

Current page

74

Current page

75

Current page

76

Current page

77

Current page

78

Current page

79

Current page

80

Current page

81

Current page

82

Current page

83

Current page

84

Current page

85

Current page

86

Current page

87

Current page

88

Current page

89

Current page

90

Current page

91

Current page

92

Current page

93

Current page

94

Current page

95

Current page

96

Current page

97

Current page

98

Current page

99

Current page

100

Current page

101

Current page

102

Current page

103

Current page

104

Current page

105

Current page

106

Current page

107

Current page

108

Current page

109

Current page

110

Current page

111

Current page

112

Current page

113

Current page

114

Current page

115

Current page

116

Current page

117

Current page

118

Current page

119

Current page

120

Current page

121

Current page

122

Current page

123

Current page

124

Current page

125

Current page

126

Current page

127

Current page

128

Current page

129

Current page

130

Current page

131

Current page

132

Current page

133

Current page

134

Current page

135

Current page

136

Current page

137

Current page

138

Current page

139

Current page

140

Current page

141

Current page

142

Current page

143

Current page

144

Sir, I am writing in response to the numerous articles in the Press since the tragic death of Roger Williamson at Zandvoort.

Firstly, praise must be given to David Purley. But it must be pointed out that the current recommendations given to marshals are first to extinguish the fire and then to release the trapped driver under medical supervision if necessary. This is to ensure that the risk to the driver is minimised.

Secondly, the use of fire-proof suits. Whilst it is very desirable for fire marshals to wear fire-proof overalls such as those worn by drivers, these are not really necessary. Covering the body with clothes made from nonflammable fabric such as cotton or wool, wearing gloves and stout shoes and preferably a helmet with visor and face mask, is quite sufficient to get within 10 feet of a large fire, at which range fire extinguishers are effective. As already stated, the first aim is to put out the fire, therefore the personnel who will subsequently release the trapped driver may wear less fire-resistant clothing.

Thirdly, there have been a lot of rumours about proposals to use fast cars and motorcycles with sidecars equipped with fire extinguishers. These seem rather excessive. By using thoroughly trained personnel placed at close intervals around the circuit, the desired speed may be achieved. The use of fire tenders as back-up vehicles is to be recommended. The accidents at the British Grand Prix demonstrated the effectiveness of this method.

Finally, vast sums have been spent on improving circuits and the cars themselves. Surely the time is now right for money to be channelled to marshals for more training.

High Wycombe.

Richard Perry

PRO, British Motor Racing Marshals Club.