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Sure they were ... for their time! Note the helmets on the drivers, the impact absorbing body and frame, maybe flame retardant suits, roll bar, and a barrier to keep the car on the track! What could be safer back in the day? sarc
Bet those two tough old SOBs got out of the cars and proceeded to kick each other’s asses!!!!
You had to have a pair back then to race those machines. And those guys did.