On its cowl of July 12, 1971, Excelsior famous, in eight columns, yet one more characteristic of the Chilean transformation that Salvador Allende was making an attempt and that finally price him his life. Under, the primary picture of the newspaper uncovered the end result of the final journey of the pilot Pedro Rodríguez.
Right this moment is 50 years since that deadly accident in Nuremberg, Germany. The Mexican, whom the Europeans nicknamed Ojos de Gato, resulting from his skill to pilot in opposed situations, rain, fog or low gentle, was hit by the vacation spot, which took benefit of a slight braking after a collection of ss, which precipitated that his Ferrari misplaced the correct entrance tire, which was already going flat; the automobile crashed into the wall and bounced, became a torch that was then hit by Kurt Hild, on the wheel of his Porsche.
Pedro was taken to the hospital with burns to virtually your complete physique, damaged legs and a cranium fracture. His coronary heart, after a profitable first resuscitation, couldn’t take it anymore.
I gained the place that I had put aside subsequent to Ricardo, within the cemetery ”, stated for that version of Excelsior Pedro Natalio Rodríguez Quijada, the daddy of that pair of legends, lacerated by a second dagger: Ricardo had died 9 years in the past, the November 1, 1962, additionally aboard a racing automobile. Don Pedro didn’t need to journey to deliver the stays, as he stated that “I don’t know if I might bear it, and I don’t need them to need to deliver two coffins as an alternative of 1.”
The information, broadcast on radio and tv, shook the nation that Sunday morning. President Luis Echeverría, after expressing his condolences to Rodríguez Quijada, ordered that the procedures be expedited to deliver the physique as rapidly as attainable, by way of New York; the bills could be borne by the presidency. Angelina Dammy, Pedro’s widow, instantly traveled to Germany; she was fired by Octavio Sentíes, regent of Mexico Metropolis, commissioned by the pinnacle of the Federal Government.
English midfielder Graham Hill, dismayed, stated that the Mexican “was on the cusp of success” and that he was undoubtedly “among the finest on the planet, particularly in moist terrain.” The world of motorsport was damage by the departure of one in all his sons: 31 years outdated, seven podiums and two F1 wins: South Africa in 1967, on a Cooper-Maserati, and Belgium in 1970, with BRM. The grief resulted in additional than 40 worldwide telephone calls to Pedro’s residence on Camino a Toluca # 135.
Right this moment, 5 a long time away, what occurred in Nuremberg nonetheless has its darkish corners. Pedro was the one deadly sufferer: Hild, who struck him, was unhurt; The primary ones who got here to help the Mexican additionally ended up within the hospital with burns, however all of them lived to inform the story. “Evidently Pedro obtained a proposal to race in a automobile that he didn’t know,” stated Rodríguez Quijada, phrases settled in these pages of Excelsior. The 200 Miles have been within the NörisRing, a race that the Mexican had not contemplated to contest, however he agreed to take part on the insistence of Sport Motor Membership executives.
The duvet of Excelsior for July 12, 1971: the bullet on the high reads: “Pedro Rodríguez killed himself in Nuremberg when a wheel got here off his automobile.”
In precept, he was going to make use of BRM’s new automobile to get it drilled, however the automobile was not prepared and so he accepted the Ferrari, a 512M / S.
The newspapers revealed the tragedy of July 11 on their pages the following day. Allende and the nationalization of mining for Chile gave the observe of eight for Excelsior, however that picture of Pedro displayed on its cowl shook the hearts of avid readers on a sore Monday morning, as we speak 50 years in the past.
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