From the ar­chive: 1969 Le Mans

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The beau­ti­ful Fer­rari 312P cap­tured at rest in the bustling Le Mans pit in 1969, with driver Chris Amon in con­ver­sa­tion be­hind its hinged doors. Our shot must be from prac­tice, be­cause its race didn’t last long… On the first lap Amon came across the dev­as­tat­ing scene of Bri­tish pri­va­teer John Woolfe’s fa­tal ac­ci­dent at Mai­son Blanche. The Fer­rari col­lided with the Porsche 917’s full fuel tank, which rup­tured and ex­ploded. Amon was un­hurt, but he was forced to re­tire the car, which he had been due to share with Swiss hill­climber Peter Schetty.

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