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Chocy Rocky

20 years on.

There is sure to be some interesting programmes over the next couple of days.

Starting of with this
http://www1.skysports.com/f1/news...8pm-on-wednesday-on-sky-sports-f1

Feels like yesterday......and a lifetime ago.
Nice Guy Eddie

Good to see a programme giving tribute to RR. So much Senna love around now that its easy to forget.
Frank Bullitt

It's at times like this I wish I had sky sports

Agreed that RR seems to be totally forgotten in general. Scary to think it was 20 years ago too.
Giant

Frank Bullitt wrote:
It's at times like this I wish I had sky sports

Agreed that RR seems to be totally forgotten in general. Scary to think it was 20 years ago too.


Are there any programmes on BBC? 5live have a programme tomorrow night I believe.

I know I said all this before when the film came out, but I can remember it like yesterday, watching him motionless in the wreckage for seemingly minutes before the medics arrived, Murray getting all emotional, then excitedly exclaiming that senna had moved. As a naive twelve year old it was my first real contact with mortality and is burned into my memory.

Although he had never been a particular favourite of mine, when I got my motorbike, I bought a yellow helmet in tribute to him.
Eff One

That weekend is, for me, still as raw now as it was half a lifetime ago. And although Ratzenberger may be glossed over by the general populace, nobody watching that day will ever forget what they witnessed. I can still hear the tremor in John Watson's voice as the TV feed switched to the accident aftermath. And I can still see the block capitals on Ceefax breaking the news of his death.

Senna memories will come tomorrow. But 30 April will always be Roland - by all accounts a charming man and a bloody good driver who had spent a decade slogging his guts out for his shot at F1. RIP.
Twelfth Monkey

Have to agree with the sentiments above, so I'll post a link to a Senna article in another thread.
Frank Bullitt

Yes, it still seems very raw and as somebody who'd not seen a death in F1 in memory, it was a cold reality moment that these guys were taking a real risk - calculated but sometimes the maths let them down.  It's also a testament to the drivers after the deaths that they worked together to force an improvement in safety - there are plenty of accidents where you wonder if the cars weren't as strong or designed in such a way would the outcome not be so good.
Big Blue

I remember watching it in my flat before going to my dad's house for Sunday dinner. Quite a sombre day as Senna used to stay in the Hotel near my dad's apartment in Estoril when the Portuguese GP was on. He was a deity in Portugal (Senna, not my dad - although exporters liked my dad a lot given his role in Lisbon).

By the way: this is hilarious: http://sniffpetrol.com/2014/05/01/20-years-ago-today/
Tim

Frank Bullitt wrote:
Yes, it still seems very raw and as somebody who'd not seen a death in F1 in memory, it was a cold reality moment that these guys were taking a real risk - calculated but sometimes the maths let them down. It's also a testament to the drivers after the deaths that they worked together to force an improvement in safety - there are plenty of accidents where you wonder if the cars weren't as strong or designed in such a way would the outcome not be so good.


I agree with all that but to be honest the accident that I found the most shocking to watch - also live on TV - was Gerhard Berger's when his Ferrari hit the wall and then slid along it before bursting into flames. It really looked as if the fire lasted for minutes and it seemed impossible for him to have survived it but he only missed 1 or 2 races.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i1ytQvHud9o
Big Blue

This one was also astonishing.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9e5A55atmAc

As we're celebrating Senna's death, let's remind ourselves he wasn't a God....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RIr1EJa7TP0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gJ5c9nLsKTA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uqvS4R04JsI

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1frsYqb1usE
Twelfth Monkey

Hey, a deity in training is still a deity!
Frank Bullitt

Twelfth Monkey wrote:
Hey, a deity in training is still a deity!


+1

Also, as the film of the same name confims, he was perfectly happy to show his displeasure with the establishment on the track.
Sav

The late Dale Earnhardt won the Cup race at Talledga on the day that Ayrton died. Fast forward to 2001 and the final lap of the Daytona 500 it is very saddening.
gooner

It's a very sad to remember that race but I still have vivid memories. I think what makes it tough is that 20 years on he's still the last racer to die in F1. We're so used to seeing truly horrific accidents from which drivers walk out as if nothing's happened that it's easy to forget how dangerous a sport it is. Given the speed and power of the cars and the dangerous nature of some circuits such as Monaco and Canada, the relative lack of injuries let alone deaths is an astonishing testament to the safety measures bought in since Sennas passing and it will forever be perhaps his greatest legacy that so many of his, would be, future colleagues have  been able to go to and beyond the limit without serious harm.
Chris M Wanted a V-10

gooner wrote:
We're so used to seeing truly horrific accidents from which drivers walk out as if nothing's happened that it's easy to forget how dangerous a sport it is.

We were very lucky not to lose Massa a few years back when part of Barrichello's car flew off and hit his helmet, spearing straight through it and into his skull.  It was a part of the suspension going through Senna's helmet and into his skull that killed him; very unlucky and unfortunate.
Giant

21 Years Ago Today...

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