|Personal note 1
I had a bad feeling on the Camaro race right from the outset. Last year in Diepholz it had been a great event, I read, but now I saw the cars from nearby they looked bruised and battered, headlamps were missing and the front and rear spoilers looked silly. Some Dutch drivers took part in their Group 1B cars, which were well-prepared as always but were in a different league of course. I did like American cars on the racetrack but not these.
|... #65, Pulls...|
|... Wisell, one of the few "Stars"...|
|... Petersson...||.. and Nilsson, in a Mk 1 Camaro.|
|The start of the over-1600 cc race. On the right Slotemaker starting from row 7; Moritz and Hutzezon are in the lead.|
|Soon Slotemaker is in front, while Hutzezon and Houthuyzen exchange some door handles.||Moritz in front again...|
|... while Slotemaker obviously enjoying himself.|
|A spin of Moritz, and then Houthuyzen and Slotemaker are away, Slotemaker winning with inches to spare from Houthuyzen|
|The start of the Camaro race.|
|The first blow-up...|
|Slotemaker still getting the Camaro sideways...|
|... until he hit oil, crashing into the doctor's BMW. He died on the spot, and there were injuries inside the BMW.|
|Personal note 2
I’ve never really been a huge fan of Rob Slotemaker; always a bit loud for my taste and his racing was not always as serious as I like it to be.
I favoured drivers like Huub Vermeulen and Henri van Oorschot no nonsense and very serious.
On the other hand, he brought color, enthusiasm and he gave young drivers their first chance; mostly they faded after a few seasons, but not in the case of Jan Lammers. He deserves credit for that, and he certainly did not deserve the ironic and tragic way he died. Like all at Zandvoort that day, I felt miserable and sad, and it was just as good all the remaining races for this meeting were cancelled.