Georg Plasa, hill climber, dies during Italian race

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Georg Plasa, the 51-year-old German hill climber, died Thursday after the Judd V8-powered BMW 134 he was driving crashed during the Coppa Carotti in Italy.

Plasa was a fixture on European courses, and this video of him last month in Portugal shows why.

Photo Credit: RietiLife

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As a former hillclimber in the states I know how dangerous it can be. In the driver's meeting they usually state "you could die today" and it's true. Driving 10/10ths on a 2 lane road, usually without a guardrail or curb, bad road crown, and a dirty surface at triple digit speeds is taunting death. Losing Georg is a tragedy and the still young 134 doubly so. RIP