not to hijack from the St. Michael's event, but I had to comment on Ed's picture of Cifuentes. He drove 500 TRC 0690MDTR in the '58 Cuba Grand prix. Very early in the race he hit an oil spill left by a Porsche (Mieres) that had burst an oil line. Cifuentes spun off the course at an estimated 100mph, slicing thru several rows of totally unprotected spectators (which was pretty normal back then). Seven were killed and aout 40 injured.
Cifuentes was also badly injured - a parked construction vehicle brought his car to an abrupt halt. Cifuentes' cuban team mate, Batista, driving 0698MDTR (the Marriott car that was just posted in the 500 Mondial thread, sitting in front of our house last week), pulled off the circuit, and placed his injured team mate on the hood of 0698 and drove him to the hospital. Attached are pics of 0690 after the crash, and the famous shot of Cifuentes on the hood of Batista's 0698 leaving for the hospital; not quite the elaborate medical arrangements the FIA has today . . . .
The Cuban-driven cars back then were yellow w/ black stripe.
Last edited by bryanp; 10-02-2012 at 07:21 AM.