Tragedy at Silverstone Underscores the Dangers of Vintage Racing

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denis-welch-lotus-18-bestrideThis weekend, veteran vintage racer Denis Welch was killed in the UK’s Silverstone Classic. It’s a reminder of just how dangerous vintage racing can be.

According to London’s Telegraph, Welch  was involved in a multi-car pile-up during the second Jack Brabham Memorial Trophy race at the Silverstone event on Sunday, July 27, 2014.

Welch was driving car number 19, a 1960 Lotus 18, went directly to Silverstone’s on-site medical center, but died upon arrival.

Welch was an eDenis-welch-bestridexperienced driver, who also operated Denis Welch Motorsport, which specialized in British car performance parts.

In a statement, organisers said they would “be co-operating with the Police and the MSA, the UK official motor sport governing body, to conduct a full investigation.”

The statement added: “All those involved in the event offer sincere condolences to family and the friends of Denis Welch at this very sad time.”

Image Source: Wikipedia, Denis Welch Motorsport


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