Thursday, April 8, 2010
Jacky Ickx and Jackie Oliver teamed up for the 1969 race against the new Porsche 917's and new 3.0 litre cars from Ferrari, Matra and Alfa Romeo. What makes this victory special is that they were in an old car that no one gave a chance to and it was Ickx's first Le Mans. I have seen video of him walking to his car while everyone is running and staying there until he has done his seat belt up. He didn't like the 'Le Man's' start because no one belted themselves up properly. He was proven right when John Woolf fatally crashed his 917 on lap one and Willy Mairesse had a career ending crash because they weren't belted in properly. Maybe the run across to the cars was the part of the fascination with Le Mans but I'm glad they stopped it because the cars they were racing in were too powerful not to be securely belted in.
Jacky Ickx has said he still considers the 1969 Le Mans race his greatest race of all and he would be right. An amazing win in a car that should have been outclassed. Beautiful car from a beautiful time.
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