But, as he approached the 21st hairpin bend
, he became aware that the brakes had failed and decided to smash into the mountainside rather than attempt the corner.
Maurice Wrightson was descending the D211 road near the French ski resort Alpe d'Huez with a coach full of 52 Brits when, as he neared the 21st hairpin bend
, the brakes failed.
As each hairpin bend
came, I noted the decreasing numbers, now at 38, and tried not to worry that we were still a long way off the final one.
The project will see improvements to the road alignment and the existing tight hairpin bend
A VETERAN motorbike racer has been killed after falling at a hairpin bend
during a race.
Turbo lag was the time it took for that extra power to be delivered: you'd put your foot down, the machinery would whirr away and, a couple of seconds later, a whole cavalry of horses with their tails on fire would burst out of the stable, propelling you and your car into the distant horizon, regardless of the fact that you might by now be half-way into a hairpin bend
covered with black ice.
The notorious hairpin bend
number seven is known as Le virage des Hollandais, Dutch Corner, a sea of orange flags, noise and bare-chested, usually sober citizens of the Low Countries, many of whom have spent the previous three days getting drunk.
Domaine de Sylviane (below) and the Fairmont Hotel (right) | Domaine de Sylviane (below) and the Fairmont Hotel (right) | Formula 1 fans watch the race from the Fairmont Hotel (left) | Formula 1 fans watch the race from the Fairmont Hotel (left) | The view from the Fairmont Hotel of the hairpin bend
, below, and the view from a new 34th floor apartment in Monaco, right | The view from the Fairmont Hotel of the hairpin bend
, below, and the view from a new 34th floor apartment in Monaco, right IT is the noise that greets you as you step out of the air-conditioned comfort of the cab into the shimmering Mediterranean heat.
As it approached a hairpin bend
near Alpe d'Huez, it crashed into the side of the road and burst into flames, killing the 63-year-old driver.
Seven students of the Sarabhai Institute of Science and Technology at Vellanad near here, and a crew member of the bus died in the accident when the bus veered off a hairpin bend
and fell to the road below.
Reports said that the driver lost control of the vehicle when one of the bus tyres ruptured at a hairpin bend
on the mountainous road.
he Princess died in 1982 when she lost control at the wheel after suffering a stroke and her car swerved off to a mountainside at a hairpin bend