I've spent quite a bit of time at Brooklands over the years. The state of the track never ceases to amaze me - it's literally squares of concrete (apparently it wasn't much better when new!). When you think about the tyres they used to race on, combined with the old tracks (or Test Hill at Brooklands which has an extremely steep gradient) brave and mad comes to mind.
Life - and attitude about death - was very different in those days. J is spot-on, no false claims for whiplash back then! The drivers knew what they were letting themselves in for. Frankly, seat-belts really could have caused more deaths; you'd want to be thrown clear from those death-traps.
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