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F1’s craziest starter

Let’s recall the antics of Raymond “Toto” Roche, who for many years was the Race Director and Official Starter/Finisher of the French GP. He once started a race with a red flag – and on many occasions narrowly missed death as he sprinted from the grid. Either way, he inevitably played a major role in the final result of many a French GP. We edited this video from The Racer’s Edge Live, Ep 04.

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2 thoughts on “F1’s craziest starter

  1. George Levy on said:

    Lovely stuff. Thank you. I had always heard the name Toto Roche growing up, being an avid F1 fan, but knew nothing more about him. From your description I could picture the often tumultuous starts of all those races…

  2. garymagwood on said:

    Peter, you could add in John Gillanders from Le Circuit Mt. Tremblant… he used the checker like a bullfighter’s cape, narrowly missing getting hit many times! How’s your self-isolation? Crazy time, eh? Cheers Gary

    On Sat, Apr 18, 2020 at 10:24 AM peterwindsor.com wrote:

    > peterwindsor posted: “Let’s recall the antics of Raymond “Toto” Roche, who > for many years was the Race Director and Official Starter/Finisher of the > French GP. He once started a race with a red flag – and on many occasions > narrowly missed death as he sprinted from the grid. Ei” >

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