Did you see the accident that Anthony Davidson had at Le Mans yesterday? That was a scary one. It was good to see that he got out of the car unaided, that’s for sure. Today’s news though is that he has damaged vertebrae and my dad knows all about that particular injury.
It wasn’t at Le Mans that Eric Jackson had what he calls ‘The Big One”. It was on the Chieftain Rally in 1973. Don Barrow was the navigator on that fateful rally. You can read about it here.
Of course, our action man didn’t appreciate being stuck in a hospital for all those weeks after the accident but was really made him mad was that he had four crushed vertebrae. Anthony Davidson has crushed two and so with much better medical facilities today, plus the fact that Ant is just thirty three (action man was approaching fifty) should mean that he’ll soon be on the mend and back behind the wheel in no time. Let’s hope so.
But what my dad really hated was the fact that he lost a good inch – probably more – in height. He was never what you’d call a tall chap to begin with.
Anthony Davidson is just 5’4″. When I was talking on the phone to my dad this morning, he had a message for Ant. “All the best, mate, get well soon and walk tall”.