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This time around there were no big announcements like in the last two years, such as the Silver Arrows performing a race enactment or the return of the night race. However, the 2014 edition of the Goodwood Revival had plenty of smaller surprises in store. The BRM Type 15 out on track, a huge collection of Maserati 250Fs in a recreation of the Monza paddock, the Rover-BRM turbine car as a part of the tribute to Jackie Stewart. Add some very interesting one-off races to that – such as the all-Jaguar D-type and XKSS Lavant Cup, or the Shelby Cup this time catering to all sorts of American Ford V8 variants – and those who decided that they’d seen it and done it were wronged again. And then the weather was nice, too.
Three years into the reborn Historic GP at Zandvoort, it was an easy guess what the visitors from abroad were going to say. Most were now back for the second or third time, and they loved it. No matter who you talked to, they all loved the track, the people and the atmosphere, and almost fell over each to praise the event. In an action-packed schedule that crammed even more sessions and races in the same three days, the audience on the grandstands and in the dunes could hardly catch a breath. We were present all three days and were left breathless too.
Exactly half a century ago the Indianapolis 500 lived through its most horrific overture, a fiery multi-car accident that stopped the race and claimed the lives of Dave MacDonald and Eddie Sachs. The cause of the accident was never established, and so for years, all sorts of theories and myths were allowed to run wild. Four years ago, Henri Greuter attempted to separate fact from fiction in a four-part series on the 1964 inferno.
Now it's time to add a fifth part to the series. Commemorating the tragic events of May 1964, Art Garner’s Black Noon was published just ahead of the 50-year anniversary and is the first book to fully deal with the horror blaze. We review the book while Henri adds his notes.
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