This is the John Player Special Lotus 78/2, one of four 78 chassis raced during the 1977-78 Formula 1 seasons. During that time, the four 78s collected seven wins, nine poles and seven fastest laps. Of the race wins, the 78/2 chassis itself was driven to victories at the 1977 Belgian Grand Prix by Gunnar Nilsson (Sweden), and the 1978 South African Grand Prix, driven by fellow Swede, Ronnie Peterson. The car seen here was driven by Peterson.
Later that same season at the Italian Grand Prix, Peterson, a remarkable talent, was injured in a horrific, multi-car, fiery crash at the start of the race. The designated first-responders failed to be first that time. Fellow drivers had to pull Peterson from his burning car. Peterson suffered serious--but normally considered non-life threatening-- multiple leg fractures. He was pronounced stable after initial leg surgery, but the following day his condition suddenly worsened due to a circulatory embolism that sometimes occurs with severe leg trauma. His brain starved for blood, poor Peterson died that same day. Pathetically slow medical response at the scene of the crash was considered a factor in the onset of the condition.
NOTE: the Fine Art America watermark in the lower right does not appear on the print.
March 27th, 2023
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