We've just received word that racer and Road & Track contributor Paul Frère has been seriously injured in an accident near the Nürburgring. As reported by La Derniere Heure, the 89-year-old Frère was apparently involved in a heavy collision while driving a Honda Civic R. He is in a Frankfurt hospital with seven broken ribs, a shattered pelvis and two punctured lungs. The prognosis appears good, however. It is expected he will return to his home in France in October.

Frère raced on a semiprofessional basis for 15 years, including 10 Formula 1 races and the 24 Hours of Le Man, driving for Ferrari, Jaguar and Aston Martin. He also appeared in the 1966 film, Grand Prix. His greatest talent, however, lay in his ability to relate his experiences to others through the written word. Frère has contributed to many magazines, and has written several highly acclaimed books on his experiences in the automotive world.

[Source: La Derniere Heure via Hemmings]