Stirling Moss spotted it first. With a warning wave, he darted for safety, leaping athletically into a startled crowd via a hop-skip-jump across the seats of Reg Parnell’s crashed Aston Martin. Fractions later Anthony Hume’s Allard arrived. Backwards.
This was the second successive pile-up at a Monaco Grand Prix. The claustrophobic confines of this Mediterranean principality have caused numerous others since – but 1952’s carambolage will remain unique. For that year’s edition was run for sports cars.