The 2010 24 Hours of Le Mans was a successful one on a lot of fronts. It had action-packed racing, it had a record-breaking performance from Audi, and it didn’t have any fatalities. The last one may be a bit harsh, but given the history of Le Mans, something like that should never go unsaid.
Developments in safety and technology give race car drivers the opportunity to ply their crafts without worrying about whether they’d live to see the checquered flag, but any true fan of the Le Mans racing series knows that that wasn’t always the case. In their new documentary called "Deadliest Crash", BBC takes a look back at the one racing accident from 1955 that spurned the advent of safety changes in motorsports. That incident still stands as the single deadliest racing accident in motorsports history, taking over 85 lives with it, as well as injuring another 120 people.
Knowing how dangerous the sport of motor racing is, measures were made to ensure that something like that never happens again and proof of that attempt lives on in Le Mans today. Apart from a few minor car mishaps, the 2010 staging of the 24-hour endurance race had all of its drivers in good and stable condition after the race. Of course, it also is worth noting that the 1955 incident served as the wake-up call for racing leagues to prioritize driver - and spectator - safety above everything else.
Check out the teaser vid of "Deadliest Crash" and be sure to catch the DVD when it hits stores.