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PostSubject: Ronnie Peterson vids   Mon 20 Jan 2014 - 17:53

Hey guys,

For my collection I'm looking for good Peterson docu's or long vids. Not short or self made youtube movies!

Any ideas or links? You can pm me if it's confidential  :spy:

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PostSubject: Re: Ronnie Peterson vids   Mon 20 Jan 2014 - 17:57



Sky F1 did one a year ago

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PostSubject: Re: Ronnie Peterson vids   Mon 20 Jan 2014 - 18:02

Have you seen the 1973 documentary following the Lotus GP season from the inside ? Lotta Peterson footage in that one Smile It's called If You're Not Winning... You're Not Trying

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PostSubject: Re: Ronnie Peterson vids   Mon 20 Jan 2014 - 18:26

Frank Verplanken wrote:
Have you seen the 1973 documentary following the Lotus GP season from the inside ? Lotta Peterson footage in that one :)It's called If You're Not Winning... You're Not Trying

I tried to look for a good dwl of that one last weekend but could not find one...any suggestions Frank?  Smile 

@Alessio thx I knew about that one already..it's only 6 mins vid  Sad 

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PostSubject: Re: Ronnie Peterson vids   Mon 20 Jan 2014 - 18:51

Other than the two torrent sites you probably already know I have no suggestions, sorry ^^

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PostSubject: Re: Ronnie Peterson vids   Thu 23 Jan 2014 - 23:32

The sad story of Ronnie's last hours... Sad 

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"We got his gloves and helmet back after they had taken him to the hospital, and there was practically no burns on them."

Even Ronnies old mechanic Åke Strandberg (now working for McLaren),got to the medical centre:

"He still had his overall on and you could see that one leg was hurt. He told me had great pains and those were the last word he said to me."

Still Ronnies prognosis is promising. Drip is atached to his riht arm and his bloodpressure is surprisingly normal. He gets several intraveinal infusions. The medical team start to splint his leg injuries which appear complicated.

At this point several persons have entered the medical centre. Among others a paparazzi-photographer trying to take pictures through Sid Watkins' legs is kicked away by the professor and tries to kick him back in the "short and curlies."

"Ronnie spoke clearly. He was very anxious thet I would come to the hostpital as quick as I could, which I promised. - Please don't leave me, Prof! He said"

Ronnie is rolled out on the stretcher to the waiting helicopter. People try to touch Ronnie as he were a holy relic. Emerson Fittipaldis personal doctor, Rafael Grazales-Robles, also has joined at the medical centre. Professor Watkins asks him if he can go with Ronnie in the helicopter, but just like Sid he feels obligated to stay at Monza since a restart is planned. When the helicopter is to embark Team Lotus' mangar Colin Chapman arrives and is informed on Ronnie's odds and to which Hospital they are bringing him.

Then the helicopter starts and makes the ten minutes flight to Ospedale Maggiore in Niguarda just outside Milano. Riding with Ronnie in the helicopter is omong others Loris Kessel, an ex co driver. He tells us that it is Ronnie who breaks the silence:

"How serious are my injuries down there? It hurts terribly."

Ronnie saw the burns on his left hand and arm, but his comments focused on the his right foot and leg. Kessel didn't know what to say, and told him they were on his way to the hospital in Milano and that they would soon be there.

"When we carried Ronnie into the hospital he was still contious and complained about severe pains. I promised him he would be sedated and then he just blinked and said - OK!"

Ronnie Peterson arrives at the Niguarda hospital in a stable condition, and is immediately x-rayed.

An hour or so after the crash Ronnie's wife Barbro is contacted by Colin Chapman. Normally Barbro joins Ronnie during the GP, but this time she has decided to stay at their apartment in Monaco to take care of their two year old daughter Nina. She hasn't seen the crash on TV since it is not broadcasted directly. She gets ready to immediately get to Milan. One of the team managers, Bernie Ecclestone, puts his private plane at her disposal and it gets a special permission to land in the dark on the airport of Nice.

Earlier Ronnies parents May Britt and Bengt have been contacted in their home in Örebro. They have been watching the race on TV and quicklly realized that Ronnie was involved in the big crash. They have also seen Ronnie in his characteristic yellow overall, being dragged out of the burning wreck. The first to contact them was Ronnies manager Staffan Svenby. He could inform them that Ronnie was alive and that he was on his way to the hospitalto find out more details. Ronnie's parents had also contact with Barbro and know that she is to go to to Milan.

When Staffan Svenby arrives he immediately gets in touch with Ronnie.

"He instantly recognized me and wondered what would happen at the hospital. I informed him that the doctors were preparing an operation, and that the injuries were not cosidered as life threatening and then he said - OK."

Less than two hours after the crash the race at Monza is started again. Before the shorter race - 40 laps - a bulletin is released from the hospital where they are worried over the blood circulation in Ronnie's legs. According to professor Watkins the doctors judged it necessary to fix Ronnies bonepipes in a correct position with internal or external nails and pins.

One of the doctors, Nicola Pezzi, had also made some fruitless attempts to talk to Ronnie. He had nothing in particular to say, but just wanted contact with the patient.

At 11 PM on the Sunday night the doctors of the Niguardia hospital hold a press conference. They announce that Ronnies condition is satisfactory and - this is remarkable - that he will walk in two to three months!

Lennart Eriksson of the Swedish newspaper Expressen was present at the press conference. He tried to contact Ronnie several times:

"But he was too ill, too affected by the medicine. Those who say that Ronnie gave the go ahead for the operation personally are wrong. He was completely out of it at certain times. By chance I met a Swedish doctor working at the hospital and he had a different view on the condition. He asked me what hotel I stayed at and promised to telephone me me if anything changed (Which he did at 6.30 in the morning)."

Prior to the operation Staffan Svenby has been consulted by the doctors. He has a difficult decision to make over how and where Ronnie is to be treated. Staffan telephones Sid Watkins, three Swedish doctors and other Italian doctors. Even Ronnie who is contious is presented to the options they have to choose from:
•Stay at the hospital in Milan or fly to another hospital - Swiss or Austria is mentoned (where they have large experience from complicated fractures after alpine skiing acidents), but even Sweden and England is mentioned.
•Wait with operating, riscing a worse result, possibly amputation.
•Operating at once, riscing bone marrow embolism.

Earlier during the evening Reine Wisell has arrived to the hospital.He talked to Ronnie who after having been given painkillers was clm and almost a little optimistic:

"It is crap with the legs! But if they could fix Graham Hill, they ought to be able to fix me as well. I'll be OK for the next season... "

After the consultations Svenby decides that Ronnie is to stay in the Niguardia hospital and that he is to be operated at once. The decision is made when it is clear that a top surgeon is to be present, someone who is is to foot and leg fractures like Ronnies. When Ronnie is informed he is calm and focused. Staffan has told that they then phoned for the surgeon to perform the operation, since he wasn't on duty at the moment and thet it was around 7 pm. The decision on what to do with the worst fractures - whether to operate or amputate - was made based on Ronnies last words to Svenby:

"I want to be able to drive on Watkins Glen. Please make it possible!."

Reine looks at the X-ray pictures together with Ronnie and tries to cheer him up. They both agree that his injuries should be able to fix. Then Ronnie falls asleep. The situation is cautiously optimistic, even if it is uncertain if Ronnie will ever be able to drive a racecar again.

A few hours after the race professor Watkins is driving to the hospital. He is joined by Colin Chapman and Mario Andretti who drives the Rolls Royce he has been provided during the Italian GP. It takes a long time to get loose from the crowds at Monza. Mario knows a shortcut and finally they are on the freeway. When they arrive at the hospital the operation has already begun a couple of hours ago. Professor Watkins is invited to join the operating team.

Everything seems to go well and the surgeons are working on fixating the last fractures. The anaesthesist announces that all Ronnies vital signals are fine. A bloodtransfusion with the correct bloodtype is performed. Watkins looks at the X-ray plates and can count to 27 fractures. The responsible doctor announces that the operation is finished and that everything has gone according to the plan. All in all the operation has taken two and a half hour and regarding the circumstances it is not a long time. Ronnie is to be moved to the intensive care ward wher his collleague Vittorio Brambilla already has been taken care of.

One of Ronnies old friends, the journalist Fredrik af Petersens, has taken himself to the hospital. In his book "The Viking Drivers" he describes how he gets a chock when he arrives at Niguardia.

"It is filthy and all over the floors are cigarette butts. You didn't get the feeling of being at a hospital and evereywhere were photographers waiting for the PICTURE. Somehow it was a nightmare you only wanted to wake up from."

At this point noone thinks that Ronnie is about to die. In the waiting room Svenby contacts Ronnie again - others present are Andretti, Chapman and professor Watkins. Over the phone professor Watkins reassures Barbro that he thinks that Ronnie will recover. Plans are made for her to get to Milan in the morning and a helicopter is arranged.

It is now past midnight and Chapman and Andretti decide to go back to Villa d'Este in Como. Staffan Svenby manages to arrange a hotel room for himself and Sid Watkins near the hospital - they have earlier checked out from their regular hotels.

The Italian orthopaedist Ernesto Zerbi, one of Italys most skilled and renowned surgeons, joined the operation when it had already begun, he took an active part in it. He explains Ronnies injuries. They can be summarized like this:
•Eight fractures on the right leg ◦One fracture over the ancle - the bone is straight ( a common injury among traffic victims and skiers)
◦One slanted fracture below the knee (a crack in the shank), not too difficult an operation.
◦Right femur severly damaged, must be nailed together, relatively simple though.

•Four fractures in the right foot: ◦Severely damaged, at least four, heel crushed, bones are tattered.

•Achilles tendon's hold torn off.
•Fracture on left fibula. ◦fibula is off

•Burns on left hand and arm towards shoulder.

Later during the nighet doktor Ernesto Zerbi said:

"It is far from certain that Ronnie will get his sensitivity back in his right foot. I am critical to the fact that the doctors started the operation in such a hurry. I would never had done this if Ronnie had been in my private clinic."

At home in Sweden, the newspapers are quick to write their first articles on Ronnie's crash and the first editions early in the morning of September 11 announce that the operation went well. During the evening Ronnies mother has said to the newspapers that maybe it was time to stop racing after an incident like this...

Ronnie Peterson's condition has turned for the worse during the night. Things have drastically turned for the worse and the optimism from the evening before is just a memory.

Just before four in the morning Staffan Svenby has recieved a phone call from the hospital informing him of the situation. Staffan awakes Sid Watkins in the room next door. In the ar on their way to the hospital Staffan tells Sid that someone claiming to be a doctor had called Barbro during the night, saying that he thought the Italian doctors were killing her husband.

Arriving at the Intensive Care Unit the neurosurgeon informs them that Ronnie has developed breathing problems and is now being ventilated by a machine in an attempt to keep his blood oxygen levels normal. X-ray showed that he had developed multipe emboli in his lungs. The emboli came from the fat in the bone marrow entereing his bloodstream. As a consequence his kidneys also showed declining function. Ronnie was unconscious and a neurologigal examination showed signs of serious brain damage.

An italian doctor, Pierangelo Varolo, has been working as a doctor in Sweden for many years. He speaks Swedish fluently and lives in the city of Iseo, some 80 kilometers outside Milan. When he hears of the accident he contacts Svenby and offers him his assistance. When he arrives at the hospital in the morning Ronnie is in a deep state of uncosciousness and the situation is critical. Early in the morning he says to the Swedish newspaper "Expressen":

"Ronnie has difficulty breathing. He is being ventilated by a respirator. I think it was completely wrong of the doctors to perform such a large operation tonight. It would have been enough to operate his feet, but they also operated on his knee and femur. He was too weak for such a large operation. An embolism has entered Ronnies lungs, and the lungs could no longer support his body with oxygen. Or Ronnie immediately should have been flown to Sweden for specialist care. In Sweden they definitely don't perform surgery like this. It is no longer a question of treatment. Now we must try to keep Ronnie alive. You can't live long in a respirator."

Professor Watkins looks throug an opthalmoscope in Ronnies eyes and identifies fat globules obstructing the small arteries in the retinas. The situation is more or less hopeless and on professor Watkins' suggestion the nurosurgeon agrees to take a electroencephalogram to get the situation clear on Ronnies brain functions.

At this stage Colin Chapman and Bernie Ecclestone have been informed. Upon their arrival to the hospital shortly thereafter Ronnies brain has been scanned and it is certain that nothing more is to be done. Ronnie no longer has any brain functions and the end is near.

Eleven minutes past nine September eleventh 1978 Ronnie is declared dead. The autopsy a few days later confirmed fat embolism as the cause of his death. Fat globules were evident in the lungs, kidneys and brain. Mrs Peterson was still en route to Milan. Many newspapers speculated in gaspoisoning, but this is not entirely true.

Emerson Fittipaldi arrives together with his wife shortly thereafter Staffan Svenby who informs them of the tragic news.

"I just can´t believe it. We have been friends for so many years and now he is gone. Racing will change a lot for me. He was one of the greatest drivers and no one will replace him."

Fredrik af Petersens wants to be left alone after recieving the death notice and goes outside to get some fresh air. Outside the hospital he meets Mario Andretti, who hasn't yet heard the news and had come to Niguardia to visit Ronnie.

"Oh no. I wanted that title so badly, but I did not want to win it like this. What the hell shall I do with it now? I don´t feel anything for it. One of my best friends is gone and motor racing will never be the same again. I was really looking forward to next year, he in the McLaren and me in the Lotus and we would have a good fight and afterwards sit down to have a beer and a good laugh about it."

Ronnie Petersons dead body is brought to the hospital chapel under the large döda kropp förs till sjukhusets kapell situated under the large nut-pines in the park. Candles are placed around the open casket. accordingly to Italian tradition Ronnie's friends and fans start to arrive. Long qeues are formed by the crowds wishing to say goodbye to the popular driver.

For a few hours everything stands still in Milan - or perhaps not. Åke Strandberg, Ronnies old mechanic, had been in the hospital all night until the end. When he walked out of the Niguardia hospital he couldn't understand why the streetcars still ran:

"I couldn't understand why they hadn't stopped. To me the whole world had stopped."

Unfortunately Ronnies wife Barbro doesn't make it in time to say goodbye to her husband. When she lands on the Malpensa Airport she is met by Staffan Svenby and Emerson Fittipaldi who delivers the tragic message. She never overcame her grief. The same day she plans to go to Sweden and Ronnies parents in Örebro.

Outside the Niguardia hospital, in the beautifully situated chapel - embedded in a sea of verdue where the turmoil of the Milanese traffic never reach - thousands of people come. Ronnie-fans wanting to say goodbye. Some of teh visitors bring flowers, bouqets of Gladiolus are placed at the foot end of the death bed. It is a quiet goodbye. A spontaneuos tribute. Among the mourners are Emerson Fittipaldi, Patrick Tambay, James Hunt and Hans Stuck. In Expressen Lennart Eriksson also tells of the turner Bonfanti Giancario of the ruberfactory Pirelli in Milan:

"I have never met Peterson, still he was a good friend of mine. I was at Monza to watch teh practice and the race. I always go there when there's a race. Peterson was my favourite, a great champion. It's a pity he never became World Champion."

Around the world the deatnotice is recieved with consternation. Many of Ronnies colleagues are on their way home when the hearand see the horrible news at the airport. In Great Britain BBC televises a memorial. The newspapers are filled with stories about Ronnie - who was a greater star abroad than we perhaps understood at home in Sweden.

The Swedish newspapers make a big deal of tha assumption that Colin Chapmans comments on Ronnies death was "Things like these happen.", but Chapman was as affected and struck by Ronnies death as his friends and companions. Ronnies chief mechanic Rex Hart said:

"The Old Man var sentimental and had a good notion of Ronnie. He wasn't just another driver but he was close to him in many ways. They had their little problems, but he was shaken to the bone when Ronnie died. Colin was very upset. I remember thinking that I didn't know he could be thet way, I thought ronnie was just another employee."

Especially in Swedish magazines a discussion of whether the doctors did the right thing to operate as early and in the way it was performed. Looking back it seems obvious that efveryone involved did their best and the decisions were made were correct. On the other hand we know that if the accident had happened today, Ronnie would not have died. Partly because teh cars now are a lot safer ( just look at Kenny Bräck's accident in the autumn of 2003), but also because the type of surgery performed on Ronnie nowadays can be made with greater safety.

Ronnies first manager Sveneric Eriksson:

"When Ronnie died, Sweden stopped. All was quiet. In many workplaces noting was done during the day, people only discussed how Ronnie could die that way he did. In schools the children cried. Their great idol was gone. Some schools had to close, and the children were sent home."

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