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Ten terrifying crashes caught on film

Submitted by on September 13, 2014

Photo Gallery: Terrifying Porsche 911 crash sequence

Porsche Crash

This sequence of photos gives you an idea of how things looked trackside when Bryan Taylor and his ’77 Porsche 911 collided with a spinning car and took off.

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Video: Vintage crash compilation

Vintage Motorsport Crash

Here is a not so subtle reminder that Motorsport has always been dangerous.

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Spectacular Formula Ford crash at Phillip Island Classic 2012

Classic Racing Crash Phillip Island

Check out this scary onboard footage of James Owen’s Lotus 18 Formula Junior flying over the top of Shane Hughes’ Elfin Formula Ford at last weekends Phillip Island Classic.

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Miedecke’s Ford Capri plunges into river

Ford Capri Crashes Into River

Shocking vision of George Miedecke plummeting into a river during last month’s Targa Wrest Point Rally.

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Video: The forgotten crash – Villeneuve and Peterson, Japanese Grand Prix 1977

1977 Gilles Villeneuve Crash

The 1977 Japanese Grand Prix, no less important a part of the sport’s history, is not remembered with the vivid excitement of the tremendous battles that we’ve seen around Suzuka and Fuji. It is one of the sport’s dark days, from its most deadly period.

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Video: Rat Trap Dragster crashes at Rod Millens’ Leadfoot Festival

Massive Leadfood Dragster Crash

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Biggest highside ever: Barry Sheene Daytona 1975

Barry Sheene's Biggest Highside

“I’m rolling and I can feel all the skin coming off my shoulder and that.” and then he explains what popped into his mind when he finally stopped rolling down the speedway “Christ I’m still alive, it didn’t kill me, I didn’t even knock me out!”

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Ari Vatanen: “For a long time I didn’t know how close to death I had come”

Ari Vatanen Crash

Ari had a frightening accident in Argentina in 1985, and suffered serious injuries. Worse, while he was recovering from the multiple bone breaks (cervical vertabrea, crushed knee, eight ribs and smashed ankle) he became depressed.

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Ignazio Giunti: The avoidable crash

Ignazio Giunti's Avoidable Accident

This has to be one of the most ridiculous and completely avoidable crashes I have ever seen, and the tragic part is that it claimed the life of popular Italian driver Ignazio Giunti.

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Video Documentary: The Deadliest Crash – The 1955 Le Mans Disaster

The Biggest Crash

It was the most horrific, and deadliest crash in the history of motor racing. On June 11, 1955, at the Le Mans 24-hour race, at least 83 spectators were killed and hundreds more injured when the burning remains of  Pierre Levegh’s Mercedes 300SLR , flew into the crowd­ after a crash with Mike Hawthorn on the pit straight. The infield area containing cheering ­fans became a black,” hysterical horror,” according to Time magazine.

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