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O Sacred Friends (David & Roger) My latest music video

My latest music creation, with a video to go with it. Many of you Formula One fans will probably have heard of this infamous incident back in 1973. David Purley and Roger Williamson were best friends. But Roger perished in the crash at Zandvoort, in spite of David´s heroic attempts to save him.


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Submitted 6/10/09
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#19 | 1897 days ago

OMG, Roger that is so sad   !  And to be his friend and have to stand there and not be able to help!  If more racers had stopped, could they have flipped the car together?  it's hard to think of the race just going on when a man is lost, and his best friend being ripped apart.  You did a great job putting that together and the music!  Thanks for sharing!      How fast do you figure they were going?  Why did his car all of a sudden flip?
  
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#1 | 1897 days ago

OMG, Roger that is so sad   !  And to be his friend and have to stand there and not be able to help!  If more racers had stopped, could they have flipped the car together?  it's hard to think of the race just going on when a man is lost, and his best friend being ripped apart.  You did a great job putting that together and the music!  Thanks for sharing!      How fast do you figure they were going?  Why did his car all of a sudden flip?
#2 | 1897 days ago

Very saddening moment -  Like Seal said why didn't others stop?  Not suppose to probably but dang that would have been hard not to -- Great video that you put together though
#3 | 1897 days ago

Very touching.. Thanx for sharing..
#4 | 1897 days ago

That was very sad. I cannot imagine watching my friend die while I was trying to save them. It is heartbreaking. Thank you for sharing. May he R.I.P.
#5 | 1897 days ago
docb4fun (+)

All I can say is it is so sad. I don't watch formula 1 racing but I wonder if the standards for fire/rescue were improved as a result of this incident.
Outstanding production!
#6 | 1896 days ago
gmusicgrl (+)

This was a very heartbreaking, tragic incident.  What bothers me is the race continued with the obvious fatal injury on the track.  What were the officials thinking?  Just keep on racing while one driver dies?  Where were all the fire/paramedic squads?   I agree with docb4fun - I hope this changed the way the fire/rescue dept. monitored tracks in the future.  I hope all the formula 1 racing safety standards improved as a result of this.  It took way too long for any help to arrive..... 
#7 | 1896 days ago

Thank you all so much for the kudos.
This incident was a scandal at the time. No one else stopped because they didn´t realise that the driver was still in the car. The marshalls were totally ill-equipped and trained. Things improved immensely later in the 70s, mainly due to Jackie Stewart who retired after the 1973 championship, he then became the main spokesman for safety standards at race meetings.
Today, Roger would have survived. He had sustained only minor injuries and was killed by the smoke by not being able to get out of the wreck.
I for one, have never forgotten this incident, And thought "Oh no, not again" in 1976 when Niki Lauda nearly perished at the Nürburgring in a similar crash. Luckily rescue crews arrived quickly and he was saved.
#8 | 1896 days ago

richard_music wrote:
Thank you all so much for the kudos.
This incident was a scandal at the time. No one else stopped because they didn´t realise that the driver was still in the car. The marshalls were totally ill-equipped and trained. Things improved immensely later in the 70s, mainly due to Jackie Stewart who retired after the 1973 championship, he then became the main spokesman for safety standards at race meetings.
Today, Roger would have survived. He had sustained only minor injuries and was killed by the smoke by not being able to get out of the wreck.
I for one, have never forgotten this incident, And thought "Oh no, not again" in 1976 when Niki Lauda nearly perished at the Nürburgring in a similar crash. Luckily rescue crews arrived quickly and he was saved.
Thanks Richard for all that history.  I don't think I could have lived with myself if I had driven by them and never stopped.  It would be something I would regret the rest of my life.  I am so glad to hear things improved after that, tho the deja vu of seeing Niki Lauda must have raised the hair on the back of your neck.  Thank God so many things have improved to protect the drivers. 
#9 | 1896 days ago

That is very sad to see....I don't think the human mind was made to take all that in fell swoop. I pray for the family and hope that they did not get to see all the graphic detail that was on those pics.
#10 | 1895 days ago

I thought you might like this entry from Wiki:

Purley will always be remembered for his actions during the 1973 Dutch Grand Prix, where he abandoned his race in an attempt to save the life of his friend Roger Williamson, whose car was upside down on fire following a horrific accident. Sadly his valiant efforts were to no avail as he received no help from the nearby track marshals, and Williamson perished in the fire. A picture taken by photographer Cor Mooij of Purley's anguished face, after it was clear his attempts had failed, won the Sports category of that year's World Press Photo. That same year David Purley was awarded the George Medal for his rescue attempt.

Following his decision to quit motorsport, David Purley moved into competition aerobatics. He died on 2 July 1985 when his Pitts Special aerobatic biplane crashed into the sea off Bognor Regis.

#11 | 1895 days ago

Tom Pryce, the only Welshman to win an F1 race has had a memorial erected in his honour. He died on the SAF Grand Prix in 1977.
#12 | 1895 days ago

evansllansadwrn wrote:
Tom Pryce, the only Welshman to win an F1 race has had a memorial erected in his honour. He died on the SAF Grand Prix in 1977.
Yes, his tragic death was terrible. Killed by a fire extinguisher. The poor marshall that was killed too could only be identified by being the only one missing at the role call.
#13 | 1895 days ago

richard_music wrote:
Yes, his tragic death was terrible. Killed by a fire extinguisher. The poor marshall that was killed too could only be identified by being the only one missing at the role call.
I didn't know that...thanks for the comment. These marshalls are the biggest Fans  - quite often and they take quite a few risks don't they .? They had a 'proper do' to celebrate Tom Pryce - he was on the news again yesterday; on reflection they should have mentioned the brave marshall too.
#14 | 1895 days ago

I love Bach.. did you play the music ? I was 'inspired ' by the Air France disaster recently and wrote a song about iy..
#15 | 1895 days ago

evansllansadwrn wrote:
I didn't know that...thanks for the comment. These marshalls are the biggest Fans  - quite often and they take quite a few risks don't they .? They had a 'proper do' to celebrate Tom Pryce - he was on the news again yesterday; on reflection they should have mentioned the brave marshall too.
I think it would be easiest to give you this link, rather than me write from memory:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_Pryce#Death
 
As to the music, Yes I do play, but my music is all computer generated and arranged. I play virtual instruments so to speak. I actually do a lot of classical rearrangements aswell as my own compositions. This link might interest you:
http://www.soundclick.com/bands/default.cfm?bandID=649782

I would be interested into listening to your song too
#16 | 1894 days ago

richard_music wrote:
I think it would be easiest to give you this link, rather than me write from memory:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_Pryce#Death
 
As to the music, Yes I do play, but my music is all computer generated and arranged. I play virtual instruments so to speak. I actually do a lot of classical rearrangements aswell as my own compositions. This link might interest you:
http://www.soundclick.com/bands/default.cfm?bandID=649782

I would be interested into listening to your song too
I have an old system on an old computer; I've just started to play around with it again. See Wikapedia 'BritPop' - I write with guitars basically ( Rickenbacker/Marshall) but I gave up years ago. Oasis etc used to back my band The Satyrs. I mentioned Bach because I tried to ensure that each song in my sets were in different keys. I signed a terrible record deal and even though I had the busiest band on the UK circuit I lost out. We got so frustrated we knocked it on the head. I qualified as a teacher and I'm out of work so I started writing again... I'm 47 soonbut I don'y care really, I'm just playing for my my own amusement. I like what you've done; it's very accomplished and you certainly know how to produce dramatic music. I think it's all about evoking emotional responses in the audience. The song I wrote  sort of inspired by Air France: 'O to be a Sailor on the sea/ the blue sea/O to be a sailor lost on the sea of love ' etc. It's good because of the chord shifts. I refrequented myself with 'Free As a Bird' by The Beatles recently and it's my favourite song at the moment  - A F#m Dm E  etc simply fab. I aspire to that kind of simple song writing really . I use minor chords in quite upbeat tempos which is what used to give me the edge over Oasis etc. As I say, I've started to dabble again and I like what you do - you could make a career writing soundtracks - I'm guessing that you already do . Check out de Wolfe Music for example; I hear their stuff on TV all the time. A lot of the business part of the equation is so time consuming and a distraction but it can make the difference of make or break.. Good luck to you, thanks for writing. It was very interesting. I wish I could send you something down the line but I'm not set up at the moment. I will as soon as I am. Regards, Stuart E 
#17 | 1894 days ago

michael schumacher is the best f1 champion
#18 | 1893 days ago

yess..i agree..

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