1965 Sebring 12-Hour Grand Prix of Endurance – Page Four
A crash just after 3 p.m. took out three cars in spectacular fashion. Nick Cone, driving the #51 Volvo P1800 that shunted the Ed Leslie Cobra at the start, blew the Volvo’s engine in a big way on the big bend approaching the Hairpin turn and proceeded to pull over on the grass to check out the problem. While inspecting the underside of the car, George Reed in the #20 Shelby Cobra roadster hit the oil slick laid down by the Volvo’s ruptured engine and plowed into the Volvo, narrowly missing Nick Cone and his outstretched legs. The car continued spinning and clipped the Alfa Romeo Giulietta of Chuck Stoddard destroying the car. Miraculously no one sustained serious injuries.
Nick Cone was interviewed by automotive historian Rick Hayden about the crash and he said: “One minute I’m under the car looking for damage and the car disappears before my eyes. Four hours later I wake up in the back of Dave Davis’ blue Cadillac with his pretty girlfriend looking at me!” According to Hayden, Cone was knocked cold by the impact, but was still wearing his helmet and didn’t have a mark on him.