Having been a race fan for many years I have always found the courage of both the drivers and course workers to be compelling.
While I have seen some horrifying crashes, the one which shows Pryce's car hitting and then launching a course worker into the air like a broken rag doll, virtually cutting his body in half, as he runs across the track to help another driver, is the worst I have seen.
As you see the track worker alive one second and horrifyingly killed in the next, you become painfully aware of just how precious life is, and how quickly a tragic and unforeseen event can cut it short.
I would have to say that while some racing enthusiasts suggest viewing this footage of Tom Pryce in the 1977 South African GrandPrix, I don't recommend it. You can hear about tragedies like this one, but when you see it even on film it is devastating. I can only imagine the nightmares that other course workers who immediately ran over to the mutilated body of their dead comrade, must have had for years afterwards.
Sometimes, it's just better to hear about these things rather then see them.
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