There is no doubting the fact that it takes nerves of steel to be a racecar driver, but the same can also be said for motorsports photographers. Case in point: The American Le Mans Series Oak Tree Grand Prix at the Virginia International Raceway where two Porsche 911 racecars crash hard into the tire barrier, but the dedicated cameraman stays with the shot – diving away only at the last second just as the battered No. 31 car (shown above) comes to rest atop the tire barriers just feet from where he was standing.

The crash occurred when the two Porsches charged hard into a corner. Judging by the video, the white No. 48 car appears to not see the orange No. 31 and the two cars make contact, skidding off track hitting the tire barriers at a high rate of speed. Both drivers walked away from the frightening crash, but the video – posted below – shows just how bad things could have been. Hopefully the close call will serve as a lesson for the woman standing in the track marshal's post who has her back to the racing as the two cars barrel directly toward her.



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      prince_david
      • 1 Year Ago
      Geeze thats a lot of crashes and accidents today!
      mbukukanyau
      • 1 Year Ago
      Porsches have become total non entities at ALMS. But CORE outosports will be fielding the factory effort next year. We will see how they fare aganist the Vipers and Fully Developed Z4's. Corvette is going to be in devolopment, but do not count em out. The new car is going to be much faster than the 10 year old C6 that just took the championship. Ferrari, is also struggling. We will see how things go.
        cantera.developments
        @mbukukanyau
        Wonder how the Vipers will fare now that Riley has split its allegiances with Ford now. Sort of a bit unethical or the Viper boys were naive in not negotiating an exclusive deal with Chrysler. http://www.autoblog.com/2013/10/01/ford-reveals-ecoboost-powered-riley-prototype-for-daytona-24/
          Tom Winch
          • 1 Year Ago
          @cantera.developments
          It's not a case of "allegiance" to any one manufacturer. Riley also builds Chevy Camaros and Corvettes for World Challenge and Continental Tire series teams, Daytona prototypes for Ganassi & Team Sahlens (BMW) as well as the Ford DP teams. They built the Jaguar GT-1 cars that were raced in the ALMS a few years ago as well as the RX-8 Grand Am GT cars that Speedsource ran until they switched to the current Mazda 6 based skyactiv diesel car. They are not tied to any one manufacturer.
          cantera.developments
          @cantera.developments
          They built the Rocketsports Jaguar GT 1 cars ? Well that explains a lot then!
      bK
      • 1 Year Ago
      At first, I thought the camera man stayed at his camera like a boss, through the whole crash.
      Moosetang
      • 1 Year Ago
      Yikes. So that's what happens if a Porsche catch a Porsche coming through the tires....
      DanB
      • 1 Year Ago
      It seems like Autoblog spends an increasing amount of effort/time covering accidents and crashes lately. Sometimes I feel it should be called 'Crash and accident videos blog'... Could be just me, but i keep coming to Autoblog to read news about cars/trucks. Maybe it is time to reevaluate my expectations and find a different source...
        • 1 Year Ago
        @DanB
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          DanB
          • 1 Year Ago
          I guess. At the end of the day if readers demand instructions on how to use old trucks' beds to grow flowers, so be it! Right? But again, since I'm still one of the readers I feel like sharing my opinion. Maybe some find it helpful...
        • 1 Year Ago
        @DanB
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          DanB
          • 1 Year Ago
          I realize it is a blog, which doesn't prevent from delivering good news content. AB's tagline is "We Obsessively Cover the Auto Industry". I think it is quite logical to expect auto industry news, don't you think? But, hey, maybe I'm wrong and tons of crash videos and stories about accidents IS covering auto industry?!
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        @DanB
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        JanP
        • 1 Year Ago
        @DanB
        Two of North American top level motorsport series had races on weekend and both had spectacular crashes. The IndyCar crash was on the news on TV news since yesterday. What else is there to report on a Sunday anyways?
      protovici
      • 1 Year Ago
      I guess the camera man doesn't want to check up on the driver?
        Lynchenstein
        • 1 Year Ago
        @protovici
        He was probably busy removing the LARGE brick from his shorts.
        Sparrow
        • 1 Year Ago
        @protovici
        I doubt his training has covered how to help a driver after a crash, I know I wouldn't want a cameraman to do the job of a track paramedic or something else he isn't trained in.
        jonnybimmer
        • 1 Year Ago
        @protovici
        And do what? I doubt he's qualified to help the driver and it's not like those who were qualified weren't aware of the situation. It's like people who don't know how to properly execute the heimlich maneuver or CPR and end up breaking the victim's ribs. Best thing to do is to just be aware and ready on hand to help if instructed by the qualified, but playing hero when you don't know how to doesn't do anyone any good.
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        @protovici
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      Tickers
      • 1 Year Ago
      "Hopefully the close call will serve as a lesson for the woman standing in the track marshal's post who has her back to the racing as the two cars barrel directly toward her" What a stupid comment. At every marshal post there should always be someone watching the racing in each direction, how else would the marshals know if an accident occurred 'downstream' of their post?
        Mark
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Tickers
        Yes - I've worked corners before. One person is instructed to have their back to oncoming cars. It is up to the others at the corner to help that person get out of danger - EXACTLY as shown in this video. This video could serve as a lesson... on how to work a corner.
          Karl_T
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Mark
          "This video could serve as a lesson... on how to work a corner." Well, not really..... When watching the video from upstream looking towards the station, the blue flagger waits FAR too long before he can be seen tapping the woman (assume yellow flagger). He should have given far more warning than he did. Looking at the track, the station, the uphill position and the amount of grass leading to the station, my guess is this is an 'observation station' where workers are used to not doing much. That would explain being a bit nonchalant about things.
      dukeisduke
      • 1 Year Ago
      The video showed up my FB app Saturday afternoon. Crazy accident. The other marshal should have done more to grab her attention than tapping her on the shoulder.
        Karl_T
        • 1 Year Ago
        @dukeisduke
        He should have given an IMMEDIATE 'Heads up!' the second the cars left the course. Not only simply due to the fact they had left course, but because they were headed in the general direction of the station.....
        hondafixer
        • 1 Year Ago
        @dukeisduke
        With aging of the SCCA flagger corp, I am not surprised at the apparent slowness of the workers. We need some young folks out there to offset the graying of SCCA
      muspod
      • 1 Year Ago
      Another testament to the 911
        montegod7ss
        • 1 Year Ago
        @muspod
        You mean about them being a poor design and dangerous?
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        @muspod
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      wafflesnfalafel
      • 1 Year Ago
      The interesting part is when the camera pans back just in time to catch the 31 do a final bounce and land flat on the tire barrier. "oh, hello there." A couple lucky drivers.
      Karl_T
      • 1 Year Ago
      As an SCCA corner worker, I'm happy to see everyone involved was ok, but I'm also not happy to see the blue flagger not give an immediate heads-up to his yellow flagger and comm person the second the cars went off-track and travelling in the direction of the station.. And I sure as hell don't like to see a corner station gazeebo with zero means of exit out the backside/away from race traffic. IF the workers had needed to escape a station impact, they would not have been able to......
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