Niki Lauda 1949 ~ 2019

To Hell with safety, all I want to do is race.  ~  James Hunt

Niki Lauda and James Hunt

Motor Racing is inherently dangerous.  Since 1952, 53 drivers have died as a result of incidents while driving Formula 1 cars.  Many more famous drivers have been killed driving at Le Mans and in Formula 3 cars.

The Legendary Austrian driver Niki Lauda has just died aged 70, after a period of ill health.  Lauda had a terrible crash at the Nurburgring in a Ferrari in 1976, where his car burst into flames.  Lauda’s helmet was dislodged in the crash, and he suffered horrific burns to his head.  Although he came back to motor racing his health was never the same after the accident, and he eventually had both kidney transplants and a lung transplant.

Lauda was Formula 1 World Champion in 1975, 1977, and 1984.


jack collier


there is a great movie; Rush

about the rivalry between

Niki Lauda and James hunt


5 responses

  1. What sad news.
    I loved that film!

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    1. It was a great movie about a couple of great racing drivers. ❤

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  2. I’m amazed he survived that.

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    1. He was on borrowed time after that accident and fire. Sad news.

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      1. Sounds a bit like Michael shumacher.

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