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
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
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
``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
``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
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
Library Heading: Motor car racing - Northern Territory
Sporting accidents - Northern Territory
Keywords: Sporting accidents, Motor car racing, fatality, nt
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