Taylor led on laps 24 and 25 but Mairesse had the Ferrari right there with him and there was nothing to choose between them, one driver brought up in the tough school of Formula Junior, the other in Rallies, now both a little out of their depth and fighting hard. On lap 26 it happened. Taylor was in the lead as they left the very fast left-hand bend at Blanchimont, just before the Club House and La Source, and at over 100mph the two cars touched. The Lotus cut down a telegraph pole and crashed into a ditch and the Ferrari caught fire and landed upside down. Fortunately both drivers were flung out, Taylor escaping with only a shaking and Mairesse needing first-aid for slight burns and numerous cuts and gashes.
Both cars were write offs.
Ferrari 156 F1 "Sharknose"
Belgian Grand Prix
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