A vintage car enthusiast was involved in a terrifying crash when his car went out of control on the bend of a race track.
Duncan Pittaway was taking part in the Vintage Sports Car Club's Hawthorn Memorial Trophies Meeting at Oulton Park, near Tarporley, when his 86-year-old racing car overturned.
The GN Vitesse, which has a 8.2 litre engine, came to rest on top of Mr Pittaway and other cars taking part in the race had to swerve to avoid hitting him.
Oulton Park's emergency services were at his side within 45 seconds and he was taken to Leighton Hospital, in Crewe, with concussion.
Witness Martin Henfield said two of Mr Pittaway's fellow competitors were the first to stop to help.
He said: "Mr Pittaway was around three-quarters of his way around the first lap when he came out of Lodge Corner quite fast.
"The tail of his vehicle flicked out a bit and at that point he went into a slide and then the car flipped over.
"Vehicles of that age do not have any seatbelts in them and he was thrown free, but the vehicle came to a rest on top of him.
"The emergency crew were there within 45 seconds but the main danger to him was from other vehicles who came out of that corner."
The crash happened shortly after 1pm and the race resumed about 20 minutes later and ran two laps shorter.
More than 150 cars dating back to the 1920s attended the Cheshire track on Saturday, to take part in a series of races featuring classic marques including such famous marques as Bentley, Bugatti, MG and Aston Martin.
The Hawthorn Memorial Trophies meeting is staged annually at Oulton Park in honour of Mike Hawthorn, Britain's first Formula 1 World Champion.
Text source: The Manchester Evening News 11/6/2007
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