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Offline jim501

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Still no pics though, there is only before pics in the Oz archives.



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Offline mhh

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Yeah - will have to hit the microfiche.

Yes, I'm in the Newstext archives and can find the stories (at $1.75 a pop) but no pics.  Gotta find that pic!

Anyway, here's one article from Bob Jennings who was motoring ed at the Advertiser in those days...

YULARA: The world's first legal Cannonball Run will continue as
scheduled tomorrow, despite the deaths of four people in a horrifying
crash near Alice Springs yesterday.
Japanese millionaire orthodontist Akihiro Kabe was killed instantly
and his co-driver Takeshi Okano died soon after Kabe's $750,000
Ferrari F40 slid out of control and slammed into a control point,
hitting two volunteer marshals.
The marshals, Tim Linklater, 22, and Keith Pritchard, 31, both from
Darwin, were killed instantly when the Ferrari, which had been braking
heavily for the control point, hit gravel on the side of the road,
snaked from side to side and slammed sideways into a four-wheel-drive
vehicle the men were standing by, and then into a sedan.
The event organiser, motor racing veteran Allan Moffat, had arrived at
the scene on the Lasseter Hwy, about 95km south of Alice Springs, only
about three minutes after the accident and was one of the first to
reach the crashed car.
The engine was still running and petrol was leaking on to the ground.
Moments later a police officer attended to Mr Okano.
Meanwhile Moffat, another police officer and Bruce Wallis, the
co-driver of the second-placed Porsche, bashed away the locks holding
the Ferrari's bonnet to rip off the battery leads so a spark could not
ignite the spilt fuel.
A medical team which had been travelling with the field arrived within
minutes and tried unsuccessfully to resuscitate Okano.
Sydney driver Johnny Kahlbetzer, who was in the Porsche with Wallis,
said Okano's Ferrari had passed him only 500m before the crash scene.
Wallis said the Ferrari had slowed to about 80km/h a couple of
kilometres before the end of yesterday's 95km special stage.
``It looked as if they were having trouble reading the route
instructions, which had warned of a slow-down area before the
finish,'' Wallis said.

But Moffat later said the Ferrari team had been using notes which had
been translated into Japanese.
``When they realised they had slowed too early they sped up and passed
us about 500m before the end of the stage,'' Wallis said.
``The accident happened just past a right-hand bend, but I don't think
that had anything to do with the crash.
``They were braking and pulled off the road and into the black gravel
on the edge of the road - probably going too quickly - and when they
realised this they attempted to get back onto the bitumen.
``The car started to slide to the right, then went the other way and
slid into the vehicles at the control point.
``The people there would have had very little time to get out of the
way.''
While Kahlbetzer radioed for help, Wallis ran to help the injured.
``From the look of the car we didn't expect them to be badly hurt,''
Kahlbetzer said. ``It wasn't until we opened the door we saw they were
dead.''
The accident was seen from above by horrified Alice Springs mechanic
and amateur photographer Bill Yan, a passenger in a light aircraft
which had been following the Cannonball Run from Alice Springs
yesterday morning.
``It looked like he dropped a wheel into the dirt off the side of the
road; the car went sideways one way and back the other way,'' Mr Yan
said.
Decision
``It went across the road then slid side-on into two vehicles parked
at the checkpoint. He was braking and slowing. He wasn't going
exceptionally fast, not as fast as he had been going.
Despite the tragedy, Moffat said last night he had spoken to the
Northern Territory Chief Minister, Mr Marshall Perron, and a decision
had been made to continue the 3800km race from Darwin to Ayers Rock
and back.
The run consists of touring stages, timed stages in which competitors
must meet average speeds of up to 180km/h and flying mile sections on
closed sections of the Stuart Hwy.
But Moffat said that during today's rest day at Yulara Resort, near
Ayers Rock, a decision would be made on imposing speed limits. The
Northern Territory has no open-road speed limit.
Moffat said all safety procedures for the event had been observed, and
the site of the control point involved in the death crash had been
considered one of the safest of the event.
Caption:  The death scene, with the mangled Ferrari and the vehicles
it slammed into. Akihiro Kabe, left, and Takeshi Okano pose
with their $750,000 Ferrari before the race start.
Illus:  photo (color): cannonball run accident scene; photo:
akihiro kabe, takeshi okano; map: location of cannonball
run accident
Library Heading:  Motor car racing - Northern Territory
Sporting accidents - Northern Territory
Keywords:  Sporting accidents, Motor car racing, fatality, nt
Type:  NEWS

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Offline RMV

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From memory, the photo of the two marshalls on their feet attempting to get out of the way of the sideways F40 approaching them, was published in Wheels Magazine soon after this tragedy took place.  It is a chilling photo.  :(



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From memory, the photo of the two marshalls on their feet attempting to get out of the way of the sideways F40 approaching them, was published in Wheels Magazine soon after this tragedy took place.  It is a chilling photo.  :(

I'd like to see a copy of that. Who would have been able to take such a photo?



Offline RMV

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I'd like to see a copy of that. Who would have been able to take such a photo?

I'll assume you're not implying that I am lying (or that mhh is as well for that matter).  Contact Wheels- they're the ones who originally published it (IIRC).



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I'll assume you're not implying that I am lying (or that mhh is as well for that matter).  Contact Wheels- they're the ones who originally published it (IIRC).

Oh... no... sorry... it was meant to read like this...

"Gee I'd like to see a copy of that pic just for my website"

and

"Who would have been able to take such a photo....." meaning.... "what are you doing taking a photo when people are about to die."


I have no doubt the photo is genuine. Sorry....



Offline RMV

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Oh... no... sorry... it was meant to read like this...

"Gee I'd like to see a copy of that pic just for my website"

and

"Who would have been able to take such a photo....." meaning.... "what are you doing taking a photo when people are about to die."


I have no doubt the photo is genuine. Sorry....

No worries! Like I said, try Wheels mag- you might be able to purchase a back issue containing the story (and image). 



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I remember coming across a "Newsgroup" that had photos and articles but it was a few years ago, and I have no newsgroup reader on this Laptop(not allowed).





Offline mhh

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From memory, the photo of the two marshalls on their feet attempting to get out of the way of the sideways F40 approaching them, was published in Wheels Magazine soon after this tragedy took place.  It is a chilling photo.  :(


That's exactly how I remember it the action in the pic too.   The reason the photographer wasn't hit is that he must have been just slightly off line and was able to get behind the 4WD in time - but only just.  The pic shows both marshalls half out of their chairs and a sideways Ferrari coming at them.  The Ferrari looked small due to the perspective of the shot but was unmistakable.  The chill in the pic came from the knowledge that 4 lives were about to end and this photographer had caught their last living moment.

I recall seeing the pic in the local rag - I wasn't aware it appeared in Wheels (long time ago though so I may be mistaken).  The very distinct memory I do have was that it was the most amazing pic of its type that I'd ever seen - if the subject wasn't so macabre, you would expect it to win a Walkley award - and yet I never saw it again. 

Now that my interest has be re-awakened, I will make it my life's work to find this damn pic.



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