• Short Summary

    BELGIAN DRIVER, JACKIE ICKX, TODAY (SUNDAY) ROARED HIS FERRARI TO VICTORY IN THE FRENCH GRAND PRIX, UNAWARE THAT ONE OF THE COMPETITORS HAD DIED AND TEN SPECTATORS HAD BEEN INJURED DURING THE RACE.

  • Description


    START OF RACE, RACE IN PROGRESS, ICKX WINNING, SURROUNDED BY PRESSMEN, WITH TROPHY.




    Initials ERW/V/BOB/BB


    SPORT: MOTOR RACING

    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: BELGIAN DRIVER, JACKIE ICKX, TODAY (SUNDAY) ROARED HIS FERRARI TO VICTORY IN THE FRENCH GRAND PRIX, UNAWARE THAT ONE OF THE COMPETITORS HAD DIED AND TEN SPECTATORS HAD BEEN INJURED DURING THE RACE. IN THE SECOND LAP OF THE RACE, FRENCH DRIVER, JO SCHLESSER HAD DIED INSTANTLY WHEN HIS EXPERIMENTAL HONDA EXPLODED AFTER STRIKING A BANK AND SOMERSAULTING TWICE. TEN SPECTATORS IN THE TIGHTLY PACKED CROWD WERE TREATED FOR SECOND-DEGREE BURNS.

    IT WAS THE 23-YEAR-OLD ICKX'S FIRST GRAND PRIX VICTORY. HE TOOK THE LEAD IN THE FIRST OF THE 60 LAPS AND HELD IT WITHOUT A SERIOUS CHALLENGE FOR THE 2 HOURS 25 MINUTES IT TOOK HIM TO COMPLETE THE COURSE. HIS AVERAGE SPEED FOR THE RACE WAS 100.427 MILES PER HOUR (161.662 K.P.H.) THE ONLY OTHER DRIVER TO FINISH IN THE SAME LAP WAS BRITAIN'S JOHN SURTEES, HONDA'S NUMBER ONE DRIVER, WHO HAD LAST WEEK, TESTED THE CAR IN WHICH SCHLESSER DIED.

    SCOTSMAN, JACKY STEWART, DRIVING A MATRA-FORD, WAS THIRD, A LAP BEHIND, AND FOURTH WAS MONTE CARLO RALLY WINNER, VIC ELFORD OF BRITAIN, IN A COOPER-BRM.

    MEXICAN, PEDRO RODRIGUEZ, WHO HAD HELD SECOND PLACE FOR MOST OF THE 244 MILE (392.520 KM) RACE, WAS ROBBED OF A PLACE BY ENGINE TROUBLE AND NURSED HIS SICK BRM INTO 12TH PLACE. EARLIER IN THE RACE, HE HAD COMPLETED THE FASTEST LAP OF THE DAY AT 117.499 M.P.H. (179.096 K.P.H.).

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAY7L5Y3PRUR6788PEHZ6JSAXA
    Media URN:
    VLVAY7L5Y3PRUR6788PEHZ6JSAXA
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    07/07/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:36:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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