Two race cars ended up wrecked at Monaco’s vintage grand prix last week, not by any great fault of their own, but because a track safety crew dropped a historic McLaren off of a crane onto the racing surface.

The problem was that the track officials released the pack of racing cars from behind the safety car too soon. For a moment, the entire field was racing under green while the McLaren 23 sat stranded in the middle of the track.


Monaco officials, typically known as the best in the business, quickly slowed all the cars down, but in the bunch up, another driver in a Tyrrell wrecked.

Everyone made it out okay, thankfully. These 1970s cars can still be the deathtraps they were back in the day.

Raphael Orlove is features editor for Jalopnik.

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