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URL: http://riceornot.ricecop.com/?auto=86626
Submitted by: Low-Tech Redneck
Comments: 6  (Read/Post)     Favorites: 0  (View)
Submitted on: 02-09-2012
View Stats Category: Other Vehicle
Description:
Joe Weatherly racing in the early 60's. Note the lack of even what would be considered basic safety features on a modern NASCAR vehicle, including no window net, no shoulder belts or HANS device and a non-full face helmet.


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#1
2-09-2012 @ 09:53:59 AM
Posted By : Low-Tech Redneck Reply | Edit | Del
A two-time champion, Weatherly was a popular driver amongst fans, and was known as a fun-loving hard-partying guy among drivers. His death after a fairly routine-looking crash at Riverside in 1964 would be one of the major turning points for the sport safety-wise, marking the end of the "good old days" when most drivers drove in their street clothes, leather shoes, and a basic crash helmet. It's now believed he would have survived his wreck had better seatbelts been mandated for cars, but Weatherly had always insisted on racing without them or a window net for fear he wouldn't be able to escape the car in the event it caught fire.

#2
2-09-2012 @ 01:53:47 PM
Posted By : Sensekhmet Reply | Edit | Del
#1, In the old days rollcages were actually forbidden because they stiffened up the chassis which was seen as unfair advantage. I can see at least a rollbar here, though.

[Edited by Sensekhmet on 2-09-2012 @ 01:53:56 PM]


#3
2-09-2012 @ 04:11:38 PM
Posted By : DiRF  Reply | Edit | Del
Weatherly's death was almost as hard on the sport as Earnhardt's was in 2001... Not only was Weatherly a "two-time champion" those two championships were the TWO PREVIOUS seasons before his death.

Weatherly's death wasn't the only reason safety was reconsidered that year, as the prior year's Daytona 500 winner, and EXTREMELY popular driver, Edward Glenn Roberts passed away after being severely burned in a fire during the World 600... he hated fire-retardant material because of the way it felt. After his death, fire-retardant clothing was mandatory.


#4
2-10-2012 @ 04:07:16 PM
Posted By : Low-Tech Redneck Reply | Edit | Del
#3, "Flame proof" clothing at the time were bulky sets of overalls which were uncomfortable and hard to drive in, so most people didn't use them. Shortly thereafter, they came up with Nomex, which was a lot easier to make into easy-to-wear suits. They also mandated self-sealing fuel tanks after Roberts' crash. Ned Jarret said that Roberts' death was one of the major reasons he retired and went into broadcasting instead (he was involved in the same accident)

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2-10-2012 @ 04:19:28 PM
Posted By : DiRF  Reply | Edit | Del
#4, Well, that, and the fact that Ned Jarrett broke his freakin' back the next season in a crash... yet managed to recover and get back behind the wheel quick enough to win the championship...

THEN he retired.


#6
2-10-2012 @ 04:21:20 PM
Posted By : Low-Tech Redneck Reply | Edit | Del
Roberts might have been planning on retiring as well, he had a non-racing job lined up outside the sport, like all tragic deaths, his seemed to come at the very end when he was about ready to hang it up so to speak.

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