In 1966 Medical student and racing fan Stephen Olvey gets the opportunity of a lifetime when he is asked to volunteer at the Indianapolis 500 on their medical team. What started as fun ...
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In 1966 Medical student and racing fan Stephen Olvey gets the opportunity of a lifetime when he is asked to volunteer at the Indianapolis 500 on their medical team. What started as fun insider view of a sport he loved quickly devolves before his eyes as he sees the level of medical support given to the drivers, whom he has befriended, is terrifyingly non-existent. After feeling helpless at the scene of what turns out to be a fatal accident. Dr. Olvey sets off on a mission to build a team to apply science to transform motorsports from the most fatal form of sport to one of the safest. Over the next 30 years they succeed and the science that they develop influences modern trauma medicine and the passenger cars we drive today. This is the story of the most fatal era in Motorsports and the Indy 500 doctors who pioneered safety and helped the drivers to cheat death.Written by
Michael William Miles
Their rescue vehicles are usually already heading the the crash, before the race car has come to a complete stop. See more »
The story of how Dr. Stephen Olvey and colleagues revolutionised safety
The story of how Dr. Stephen Olvey and colleagues revolutionised safety practices in US motorsports is an interesting one, but this documentary never really gets out of second gear. For all the amusing/shocking anecdotes (one of the ambulances used at the Indy 500 until the mid '70s was a hearse on loan from a local funeral home - surely the last thing you'd want to see after a crash), the endless crash footage is wearing and the film fails to fully engage with some of the ideas it raises - most notably the impact Olvey's research had on the automotive industry in general.
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