Driver bump-starts 1950s F1 car midrace by rolling it like a wheelchair

BY Samuel Reiman • May 6, 2015

The Maserati 250F was a successful Formula One car during its heyday, meaning, the late 1950s.

The car earned eight Formula One World Championship race victories in total, and is still raced by various drivers in classic races today.

One such driver is Simon Diffey, who had a bit of mishap during a classic race at Goodwood last month.

Diffey lost control in a left-hander, but was able to get the Maserati pointing back in the right direction. Without any keys or starting mechanisms on board, the only way Diffey could get the car back under power was with a push. However, during the middle of an active motor race, there weren’t any marshals or mechanics out on the middle of the circuit to help him.

So, Diffey reached out of his cockpit and began rolling the car along with nothing more than his hand, while he let his feet do the rest of the work on the pedals, getting the car back into the gear and into the race.


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