”Formula 3, Blandford, August 1949: Major Peter Braid was the man in command in this famous accident when competing in his F3 Cooper. You’d have thought that his military intelligence would have helped him know where he was going, especially as the circuit was laid out around an army camp.
As it was, he got it wrong, very wrong running over the crest at Engineers bend, the fastest corner on the circuit, ending up with his Cooper perched atop the roof of the guardroom, having hit a bus stop and a small tree between leaving the track and reaching his unintended destination.”
Lotus wasn’t having a great year. Their cars weren’t reaching the top speeds their competitors were. So Colin Chapman decided to remove the wings from the Lotus 72 racing cars, therefore making them faster, but very unstable in the corners.
During the practice runs, Fittipaldi was sent flying in one of the corners at Monza. In fact, very near the place where Rindt would crash and die a few days later.
A few minutes after the accident, Jackie Stewart himself gave Nina (Rindt’s wife) the news that her husband died in the crash. Chapman recalled all Lotus cars to the pits.