On lap 10 Brabham was following Surtees along the sea front, approaching the tunnel, and had just decided to pass the B.R.M. on the right when its gearbox suddenly went wrong and virtually stopped abruptly. The two cars collided, the left rear wheel and hub carrier being torn off the Brabham, the right front suspension of the B.R.M. being creased, and the two cars flew apart. The B.R.M. skated to a stop on the left of the road close to the seawall with its front wheels pointing in all directions, about 100 yards from the tunnel, the errant Brabham wheel, hub and brake unit landed at the entrance to the tunnel, and the Brabham skated through the tunnel on three wheels and with no brakes, out the other end, and stopped on the right hand side of the road about 100 yards after the tunnel exit. It was all so impossible, yet miraculous, that Brabham actually laughed about it, and both drivers walked back to the pits.
Monaco Grand Prix
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