Courageous behavior of Jackie Iks of Le Mans 24 Hour Race in 1969.

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I used to go to the Okayama International Circuit to see the Porsche Carrera Cup. Although I was able to participate in the pit walk, the scenery where the Carrera Cup cars are lined up by this much was a masterpiece.

Luckily I was allowed to enter the lounge of the Porsche official, but there was a pamphlet of "Chopard" of the watch manufacturer there. Chopard has been contracting with Porsche as an official timing partner since 2014,"Porsche Carrera Cup Japan 2017"It was supposed to support.

Since I am not familiar with the brand name, I knew the existence of Chopard for the first time at that time, and casually saw the brochure,I was touched by the episode that was written there.

Le Mans: legendary driver

In 1969, as other racers competed, rushed to the car, never tightened the seatbelt, and as a result of exposure to the risk of serious injury, the legendary racer, Jackie Iks, started racing at high speed. Take action to accuse the danger and walk slowly to the racing car. However, it was him that eventually won the victory. Since then, "Le Mans style start" never ever be repeated. When 15 years passed after 15 years, at the F1 Monaco Grand Prix, Iku again wakes up the knowledge of safe driving. He was the director of the Grand Prix, he was given the "Red Flag" because of the heavy rain, and he decided to cancel the race, but this thing has forced him to dismiss himself .... Jackie Ik was convinced that if it had more precious things than time it would be no better than life.
* Chopard official website Le Mans: quoted from legendary drivers

Jackie Ik's behavior.

I am not familiar with Le Mans or the circuit race, but recently I felt like I would not listen to accident death news than I used to. Of course it is certain that it is a danger and side sports next to each other, but compared with the time when Ayrton Senna died, I thought that the performance of the car improved and the management side's consideration increased.

It is true that there are F1 and the circuit race now, it is not just that "the performance of the car went up" and "the efforts of the management side", but it seems that the chopard's episode had been posted as well,Jackie Iks' courageous behavior,My heart felt hot as I knew there was a predecessor who put a life on the race.

If so, Panamera is a wonderful car as well, it's not as simple as can be cleared up with "technology and performance is great" ...

Behind the technology and performance,Many people's courageous behavior, suggestions, feelings of people who have cut down their lives and involvedThere is. I think that there is a difference of muddiness between getting on Panamera and knowing such a thing and riding without knowing.

I want to go to the Porsche Museum once more!


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