The driver who died was the Hon John Dawson-Damer, a historic racing veteran who lived in Sydney and was Australia's representative on the FIA. Briton Dawson-Damer, who was a friend of both Jim Clark and Colin Chapman, owned a collection of classic Lotus F1 cars. At Goodwood he was giving the 1969 Type 63 4wd machine a rare outing. The Gold Leaf-liveried car was originally driven by Jochen Rindt and John Miles, without much success.
appeared to run wide onto the grass at the exit of the fast lefthander
before the finish line. He lost control and demolished the finish line
gantry, where the two marshals were stationed with chequered flags. The
car, which was totally destroyed, was said to have passed the timing beam
at 104mph. One marshal, who was apparently struck in the chest, died on
Saturday evening. His name had not been released by the police as of Sunday.
His colleague Steve Tarrant, who lost the lower part of his right leg,
was listed in a critical but stable condition at St Richard's Hospital,
Chichester. The cause of the accident has not been determined.