The first edition of the Coupe Internationale de Vitesse, held at Reims on Sunday, 14 July 1957, was marred by the deaths of two well known drivers in two separate accidents.
On the 2nd lap, Bill Whitehouse's car blew a tyre on the approach to Thillois Hairpin. The car somersaulted and burst into flames. The marshals managed to extinguish the Cooper’s fire wihin a few minutes, using more than ten portable fire extinguishers. With multiple fractures and extensive and serious burns, Bill Whitehouse was transported by helicopter to the Centre Hospitalier de Reims, where he died shortly afterwards.
Coupe de Vitesse
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