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Encyclopedia > Jansen Van Vuuren

Frederick Jansen Van Vuuren (1958March 5, 1977) was a volunteer safety marshall in the 1977 South African Grand Prix at Kyalami. A 19 year old ticket clerk at Johannesburg airport, he was a volunteer marshal at his local racing circuit. He died when crossing the track to extinguish a fire on Renzo Zorzi's retired Shadow, but was hit by Tom Pryce at high speed, who was unable to avoid him. The impact killed both Pryce and Van Vuuren instantly, Pryce killed by the fire extinguisher that the marshall was carrying. Van Vuuren's corpse was so torn apart by the impact that it was only recognized by exclusion after the race director gathered all of his colleagues. The impact from the fire extiguisher ripped Pryce's helmet from his head. Year 1958 (MCMLVIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... March 5 is the 64th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (65th in leap years). ... For the album by Ash, see 1977 (album). ... Results from the 1977 Formula One South African Grand Prix held at Kyalami on March 5, 1977. ... Kyalami is a motor racing circuit, and suburb in Gauteng, South Africa north of Johannesburg. ... City motto: Unity in Development Province Gauteng Mayor Amos Masondo Area  - % water 1,644 km² 0. ... Renzo Zorzi (born December 12, 1946) was an Italian Formula One driver who participated between seasons 1975 to 1977. ... Thomas Maldwyn Pryce (June 11, 1949—March 5, 1977) was a British Formula One racing driver from Wales. ... Fire extinguisher A fire extinguisher is a device used to put out a fire, often in an emergency situation. ...


The sport reacted with genuine sorrow at the loss of two young men. Tyrrell mechanic Trevor Foster viewed the incident from a distance, later recalling; "I can remember quite vividly his [Pryce's] teammate's car had already pulled off to the side of the track and it had started a small fire. Then the next thing I can remember is seeing Tom's car coming down the straight. I can almost remember now a momentary lift of the throttle much earlier than you would have expected and I looked and I saw something fly up from the car, which tragically turned out to be the marshall." [1] Elsewhere, David Tremayne, a veteran biographer and journalist, recalled the feelings of disbelief and horror following the aftermath of the incident; "The tragedy itself - the sheer randomness of it - is so hard to take and still is. You tend to focus your anger on someone and for a long time it would be focused on a 19 year old kid, called Jansen van Vuuren, who ran across the track. The tragedy there is that he was sent by the guy in charge of the marshalls; it wasn't his decision. The tragedy is that a couple of feet either way it would have been a nasty scare for everyone and everyone would have got away with it." [2] Tyrrell was an auto racing team and Formula One constructor founded by Ken Tyrrell. ...


His death is of interest partly because the entire event was captured on film. This notoriously gruesome clip (taken from the motor racing film 'The Quick And The Dead'), previously scarcely available online on an obscure Italian website, is now easily found on popular streaming video site YouTube. As such, it has been now seen by millions of internet users. Also, in the fallout that resulted from this young man's death, changes were made to safety procedures during F1 races which ensured that marshals could no longer endanger themselves by running out onto the track to tend to accidents and stricken cars. Arguably it is accidents such as these which have led to the safety-conscious culture which is such a defining part of modern F1. YouTube is a popular free video sharing website which lets users upload, view, and share video clips. ... Formula One, abbreviated to F1 and also known as Grand Prix racing, is the highest class of single-seat open-wheel auto racing. ... Formula One, abbreviated to F1 and also known as Grand Prix racing, is the highest class of single-seat open-wheel auto racing. ...


Similar accidents

The incident may have been tragic and shocking in its implausibility, it does not, however, remain the only incident with such a horrifying set of circumstances. Later in 1977, on lap six of the Japanese Grand Prix of October 23rd, Gilles Villeneuve crashed into Ronnie Peterson's Lotus. The Ferrari flew into a spectator area, killing a marshal and a photographer, whilst others were also injured. Several years later at the 1981 Belgian Grand Prix in Zolder, an Arrows team mechanic, Dave Luckett, ran to attend driver Riccardo Patrese's stalled car, but was struck by team-mate Siegfried Stohr as the race started, thankfully only receiving relatively minor injuries. Stohr, leaping from his car immediately was distraught. For other members of the family, see Jacques Villeneuve and Jacques Villeneuve (elder). ... Ronnie Peterson Bengt Ronnie Peterson, (February 14, 1944, Örebro, Sweden - September 11, 1978, Monza, Italy) was a Swedish racing driver. ... Team Lotus was one of Formula 1s most successful teams. ... Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro is the name for the Gestione Sportiva, the division of the Ferrari automobile company concerned with racing. ... Results from the 1981 Formula One Belgian Grand Prix held at Zolder on May 17, 1981 Classification Notes Fastest Lap: Carlos Reutemann 123. ... The Circuit Zolder, also known as Circuit Terlaemen, is an undulating 3. ... Team Orange Arrows Formula One car at the 2000 United States Grand Prix The Arrows Racing Team team was founded in 1977, by Italian financier Franco Ambrosio (A), Alan Rees (R), Jackie Oliver (O), Dave Wass (W) and Tony Southgate (S) when Rees, Oliver, Wass and Southgate left the Shadow... Riccardo Patrese (born April 17, 1954) is an Italian former Formula One (F1) racing driver, from 1977 to 1993. ... Siegfried Stohr was a Formula One driver from Italy. ...


Contemporary Formula One remains highly dangerous for marshals, who are arguably more at risk than today's drivers. During the wet conditions of the 1994 Japanese Grand Prix, Martin Brundle spun and struck a marshal heavily, miraculously only breaking the man's legs. Whilst at Monza in 2000, and Melbourne 2001 respectively, errant debris from accidents resulted in the death of two fire marshals. Martin Brundle (born June 1, 1959) is an English motor racing and former Formula One driver known chiefly as the man who ran Ayrton Senna close in British Formula Three and as ITV Sport F1 commentator. ... The Lambro River runs through Monza. ... Melbournes Yarra River is a popular area for walking, jogging, cycling, rowing and for relaxing on the banks with a picnic Melbourne (pronounced ) is the second most populous city in Australia, with a metropolitan area population of approximately 3. ...


Elsewhere, during Hockenheim 2000, a disgruntled former Mercedes employee broke onto the circuit and began to run up the side of the track, even sprinting across the road as cars approached in excess of 190mph. Most recently, at Silverstone in 2003, Father Neil Horan ran onto Hangar Straight during the race as a publicity stunt, several cars swerving at top speed away from him in an incident frighteningly similar to Kyalami in 1977. Had the outcome been analogous to twenty six years earlier, the repercussions for the sport could well have been inestimable. Inevitably, incidents such as this raise the question of whether enough is being done to ensure the safety of spectators and drivers alike; the fact that Horan was able to access Hanger Straight at all is a perturbing reminder of what could occur. Map sources for Silverstone at grid reference SP670440 Silverstone is a medium sized village in Northamptonshire, England. ... Neil Horan Cornelius Neil Horan, sometimes referred to as The Grand Prix Priest (born April 22, 1947), is a defrocked Irish Roman Catholic clergyman who is noted for disrupting sporting events by means of publicity stunts. ...


Even as recently as the Turkish Grand Prix of 2006, marshals could be seen sprinting across the circuit to aid a car stuck in a perilous position, namely Vitantonio Liuzzi stopping at turn one where a safety marshal came to inspect the car before the safety car was deployed, seemingly unaware of the fate that befell poor van Vuuren, and continuing the debate over the safety of trackside marshals. Vitantonio Liuzzi (born 6 August 1981) is an Italian Formula One driver, who drives for Scuderia Toro Rosso. ...


External links

  • BBC Northeast- Tom Pryce Bio
  • Safety in F1 - an ever-moving target
  • historicracing.com - Tom Pryce bio
  • The Dark Side of Motorsport
  • Biography of Tom Pryce, detailing his collision with Jansen van Vuuren. Notably, towards the end of the page, fans (many of whom viewed the incident) reflect and comment on what occurred.

 
 

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