There’s no doubting how dangerous any form of auto racing is today, the speeds that drivers reach in their modern machines are incredible. But if you truly want to see heroic driving take a look back 50-70 years ago when racing was arguably the most dangerous sport in existence.
We just had the above video forwarded to us that showcases just how dangerous things really were. We’d like to be able to say that all the drivers walked away from these nasty wrecks, but you’ll see how the likelihood of that being true is very slim.
On many occasions in the video drivers are thrown from their vehicle, it was obviously a time before 5-point harnesses, Hans devices, and general safety practices. We have to warn you some of these clips will make you cringe, the moment around the 3:05 mark actually made us scream out at our desk,” wwwWWWWOOOAAAHHH.” Luckily that gentleman did walk away to race another day.
After watching these clips it truly makes you appreciate how far safety advancements have come in motorsports today. So if your involved in racing today, make sure you utilize these advancements and protect yourself.