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#1 Falcadore

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Posted 30 December 2003 - 13:47

While perhaps a duplication of effort compared to "On This Day" thread, but perhaps just a well wishing appreviated version of it.

Also getting ahead of myself as it's only December 31, but New Years Eve and New Years Day are going to be extroadinarily busy for me....

On this the first day of 2004, I would like to wish the following a very special happy birthday.

Arguably sports car racings greatest name, Belgian Jacky Ickx, turns 59 today. (1945)

Hungarian, Zsolt Baumgertner, turns 23 today, and will shortly receive a Minardi PS04 Cosworth for a present. Not a bad gift... (1981)

The Frenchman Jean-Marc Gounon today celebrates 41. (1963)

Germany's Hans-Joachim Stuck is 53 today and is probably still racing BMWs somewhere. (1951)

The mysterious monikered 'Gimax', Italian Carlo Franchi is 66 today. If that is his real birthday. (1938)

British Group N Rallyist, Nial McShea is 31. (1973)

NASCARs Scott Riggs is 33 (1971)

French rally driver, Francois Chatriot is 52 (1952)

Australian Peugeot touring car racer Mike Fitzgerald is 49 (1955)

And Tasmanian touring car driver, Dean Crosswell will be 33. (1971)

A happy one to you all.


EDIT: After a chat with Richard/rdrcr he has kindly lent me his dates that I do not have, cheers very much kind sir, and thank you all who have posted on his, and also on Jim Thurmans thread. Here follows the additional dates with attributed author.

1928, Sportscar racer James R. "Hap" Sharp born. rdrcr

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#2 Falcadore

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Posted 02 January 2004 - 07:42

January 2
47 years old today, runner up in last years FIA Sportscar crown, Italian Beppe Gabbiani. (1957)

35 years old today, former CART and current NASCAR firebrand, American Robby Gordon. (1969)

and 36 years old today, Mitsubishis female rally raid specialist, Andrea Mayer. (1968)

#3 Richard Jenkins

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Posted 02 January 2004 - 19:44

Originally posted by Falcadore
The recently retired Frenchman Jean-Marc Gounon today celebrates 41, happy retirement Jean-Marc.


Mark, with the greatest respect, are you sure you mean Gounon, when you say recently retired? I've heard or read nothing of the sort but I do know that Jean-Denis Deletraz (same era, first part of name) retired for good in 2003. :confused: I could be wrong, but I've been scouring Autosport's since July/August, so I'm sure I would've spotted some mention of it.....

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Posted 03 January 2004 - 14:59

January 3

Australian open wheeler legend, Alfredo Costanzo is 61 today. Alfie was still racing just four years ago, racing a Maserati Ghibli of all things, and loving it. (1943)

Spanish Junior WRC steere, Dani Sola is 29. 29 still counts as junior? (1975)

African-American racer Willy T. Ribbs is 48 (1956)

The IRL's Buddy Rice turns 28 (1976)

Founder of Toyota Team Europe, Ove Andresson is 66 (1938)

Some guy called Michael Schumacher is 35 today. No idea what his connection to the sport is though. (1969)

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Posted 03 January 2004 - 15:01

Originally posted by Richie Jenkins


Mark, with the greatest respect, are you sure you mean Gounon, when you say recently retired? I've heard or read nothing of the sort but I do know that Jean-Denis Deletraz (same era, first part of name) retired for good in 2003. :confused: I could be wrong, but I've been scouring Autosport's since July/August, so I'm sure I would've spotted some mention of it.....



I ummmm.......

errrr

oh poop.

yeah I meant Deletraz. Gounon's borthday, but Deletraz retirement. It would be so much easier if French or near French driver weren't all called John right? I'm gonna get black balled for that one I'm sure.

Aplogies but Richie is correct. Tooo many Sprintcar meets I'm exhausted. I'm going to have a lie down now.

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Posted 03 January 2004 - 17:43

:D I have those days as well :lol: :up:

#7 Falcadore

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Posted 04 January 2004 - 02:35

January 4

One of Bathurst's longest standing warriors, Graham Moore, hits the big six oh today. Happy sixtieth Graham. (1944)

The current representative of one of Australias racing families, Graham Gulson is 34 today. (1970)

US Sportscar racings Mazdophile, Jim Downing is 62 today as well. (1942)

and IRL steerer, American Richie Hearn is 33. (1971)

European Formula 3 racer, Fernando Rees is just 19 (1985)

and Australian Proton production car racer David Russell is 22 (1982)

Jonathan Cochet turns 27 today (1977)

#8 Falcadore

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Posted 04 January 2004 - 18:04

January 5 and Renault Formula One test driver, Frenchman Franck Montagny is celebrating. The reigning Formula Nissan series champion will be 26 today. (1978)

FIA GT Viper racer, Vincent Vosse is 32. (1972)

1997 North American Touring Car Champion, David Donohue is 37 (1967)

Racing across the dunes attempting to defend his Dakar truck crown, Russian Vladimir Tchaguin is 34 (1970)

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Posted 06 January 2004 - 14:29

January 6

Today is the day James 'Dick' Rathmann would have celebrated his 78th birthday. Sadly Rathmann died almost four years ago. (1926)

Former Australian Truck Racing front runner and now Legends steerer, Steve Coulter is 43. (1961)

Dallara Formula Nissan racer Ander Vilarino is 24 (1980)

South African endurance motorcycle raider, Alfie Cox is 41 (1963)


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1926, Birth of AAA driver, Pat Flaherty in Glendale, California. fvebr / rdrcr

1960, FIA GT driver, Mauro Casadei was born in Pesaro, Italy. fvebr / rdrcr

1981, Birth of BTCC driver Gareth Howell. fvebr / rdrcr

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Posted 06 January 2004 - 14:52

January 7

Somewhere in the deserts of Morocco Miki Biasion will celebrate his 46th birthday (1958) by racing a prototype Mitsubishi Pajero for hundreds of miles. Third after Stage 4, sixth after Stage 5, at the time of writing the dual World Rally Champion has passed the second Checkpoint of Stage 6 heading for Tan-Tan.

Former Formula 3000 regular and reigning Spanish Formula 3 Champion, Ricardo Mauricio (1979), turns 25 today. Mauricio is trying to put together a budget to push back up further the open wheel ladder system for '04 but has not announced any plans yet.

Sportscar racer, Harald Huysman is 45 (1959)

One of the Australian Capri touring car set of the 80's, Alan Cant is 67 today (1937)


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1923, F1 driver, Jean 'Lucienbonnet' Bonnet was born in Nice, France (DNQ Monaco 1959) Lucien was Jean's brother, and he used his brothers' name to create his pseudonym. fvebr / rdrcr

1924, F1 driver, Albert Uria was born In Montevideo, Uruguay (2 Argentina GP 1955, 1956...6th with a Maserati). fvebr / rdrcr

1938, Rally driver, Rauno Aaltonen was born in Turku, Finland. fvebr / rdrcr

1939, Birth of F1 driver, Brausch Niemann in Burban, South Africa. (1 Gp + 1 DNQ 1963,1965). He later raced sports cars before turning his hand to racing motorcycles, winning the 1979 South African Championship. (Here's another for that "went car racing first" thread ). fvebr / rdrcr

1946, Birth of F1 driver, Mike Wilds, in London, England (3 Gp + 5 DNQ 1974-1976). fvebr / rdrcr

1951, WSC driver, Massimo Sigala was born in Italy. rdrcr


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Posted 07 January 2004 - 00:45

Poor Miki smashed up the front end of his Mitsubishi during todays stage while beeing blinded by following another car in the dust...

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Posted 07 January 2004 - 14:27

January 8
Once more around the block for American Le Mans Series racer, Chad Block. A spritely 26 today. (1978)

Swedish rallyist Oscar Svedlund is 24. (1980)

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1942, Drag racer, Dick LaHaie was born. rdrcr

1947, Sportcar driver, Greg Pickett was born. rdrcr

1969, Birth of Rally driver, Johnny Milner, in England - he's still Racing... fvebr / rdrcr

1978, NASCAR driver, Bobby Hamilton Jr. was born. fvebr / rdrcr

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Posted 09 January 2004 - 13:21

January 9

One half of the 80's F1 phrase, Mansell to Fabre chance, Former AGS Formula One driver, Frenchman Pascal Fabre in 44 today (1960).

Australian, NASCAR, Production and Touring Car racer, Dean Wanless is 34 today (1970).

Sam Hancock, series I can't remember... NASCAR rookie? is 24, (1980)

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1959, NASCAR driver Mark Martin was born. rdrcr

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Posted 09 January 2004 - 14:25

January 10

Its Indy 500 day! Why?

1959 Indy 500 victor, Rodger Ward turn 83 today (1921). Onya Rog.

Fellow American and 1986 Indy 500 winner, Bobby Rahal is 51 (1953).

And turning 46 today is Cheever Racing boss and long time Formula One racer, Eddie Cheever Jr. And in 1998, another Indy 500 winner (1958).

Yet to win an Indy 500, German Formula 3 racer, Marcel Lasee is 22 (1982).

New Zealand touring car and TRANZAM racer, Robbi Ker is 61 (1943).

British Formula 3 series hopeful, Danilo Durani is 21! 21 today! (1983)

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Posted 11 January 2004 - 02:24

January 11

Former Formula Nissan US Red Bull program driver Paul Edwards is 26 today (1978).

Belgian touring car racer, Thierry Tassin is 45 (1959).

Born the same day, NASCARs Brett Bodine is 45 (1959)

Rally raid trucker, Hans Bekx is 48 (1956)


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1923, In Leesburg, Texas, legendary racer, car builder, and chili mix marketer, Carroll Shelby was born. rdrcr

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Posted 11 January 2004 - 14:31

January 12

Today is the birthday of four time Le Mans victor, Belgian, Olivier Gendebien. Gendebien died six years ago, but he would have been 80 today (1924).

70's Formula One driver..... ummm maybe he isn't. - See below.

Australian Porsche Cup racer Colin Ivory turns 51 on this day (1953).

And today is that most special of days for one of the sports up and coming second generation racers. Stefano Fabi, all the best for your 21st birtday today (1983).

New Zealand touring car racer, and later team manager for Dick Johnson Racing, pioneering the Bosch motronic EMS that made DJRs Sierras the fastest on the planet, Neal Lowe is 56 today (1948)

Sportscar racer, Tom or Toto Wolff, not sure which is correct or if one is a nickname, is 32 (1972)

Australian Formula Ford front runner Dean Fiore is 21 today! (1983)

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1879, Ray Harroun, winner of the first Indianapolis, 500 was born in Spartanburg, Pennsylvania. rdrcr

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Posted 12 January 2004 - 20:24

January 13
He drove one race for Ferrari and in the heavy rains of Adelaide scored half a point. Italian touring car driver Gianni Morbidelli is 36 today.

One of Gilles Panizzi's Mitsubishi WRC 'apprentices', Gianluigi 'Gigi' Galli is 31 (1973)

Russian sportscar racer, Alexei Vasiliev is 32 today (1972)


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1935, Longtime NHRA starter, Buster Couch was born. rdrcr

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Posted 13 January 2004 - 20:44

January 14

Former V8Supercar privateer, South Australian, Stuart McColl is 47 today (1957).

India's great hope, Formula Nissan driver, Narain Karthikeyan will be 27 today (1977).

Italian Durango Sportscar racer, Fulvio Cavicchi has his 24th birthday on this day (1980).

Peter Beck is 56 (1948)

A good one to one and all.

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Posted 14 January 2004 - 11:17

Originally posted by Falcadore
January 12

70's Formula One driver, Austrian Hans Binder is 56 today.


Sure ??? On my side it's June 12th...

Other Births...January 12 th
1928 Lloyd RUBY
1938 Alan REES
1962 Emanuele PIRRO
1968 Robby UNSER

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Posted 14 January 2004 - 11:42

It appears my list is full of holes now..... I had Jan 21 for Pirro as well........

I will continue on stupidly, blind in the dark in search of others with torches to show me they way.....





and a big thanks too :)

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Posted 14 January 2004 - 12:24

Originally posted by Falcadore
I will continue on stupidly, blind in the dark in search of others with torches to show me they way.....


Welcome on Board... Even with a Zippo... Or any Match.... Or something Fluo.... :wave:

#22 Falcadore

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Posted 14 January 2004 - 14:09

January 15

The Irish Republic was represented in Formula One in 1980 by David Kennedy and Dave turns 51 (1953). Today Kennedy is trying to find a seat for Ralph Firman as his manager.

Sauber's new lead driver, and fellow Atlas writer, Giancarlo Fisichella turns 31 (1973). And you think I don't like saying that? :D Professionalism? Pahh!

Former IRL racer Rick Treadway is 34 (1970)

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1919, Car builder and off-road racer Bill Stroppe was born in Long Beach, California. rdrcr

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Posted 14 January 2004 - 14:17

Adding January 13th Birth Dates.....

1909 Helmut GLOCKLER
1925 Ronald Sydney 'Ron' TAURANAC
1935 Mauro FORGHIERI
1959 Ernie IRVAN

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Posted 14 January 2004 - 14:26

Presume you mean Helm Glockler?

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Posted 14 January 2004 - 15:25

Yup... HELM(ut) Helmut Glöckler

F1 Driver DNS Nurburgring 1953

Setted Land Speed Record for 24,48 and 72 hrs at Monthléry with a 356SL in 1951
Also Raced SPorts Cars (Le Mans 1953,1955,1956, Nurburgring, MilleMiglia....)

Born January 13, 1909 ... Died December 18, 1993

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Posted 14 January 2004 - 15:34

Not Helmut Glockler, or even Helm(ut) Glockler
His name was Helm

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Posted 14 January 2004 - 16:15

Well ... I found Numbers of Helmut instead of Helm (which sounds more as a diminutive name for me) in many sites, entry lists and results, from various origins...

Does Anybody can cut this for Herr GLÖCKLER ??

BTW January 12 1972 Toto WOLFF was born followed on the 13th by Alexei VASILIEV (Both in FIA Gt)

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Posted 14 January 2004 - 18:34

Originally posted by fvebr
Well ... I found Numbers of Helmut instead of Helm (which sounds more as a diminutive name for me) in many sites, entry lists and results, from various origins...

Does Anybody can cut this for Herr GLÖCKLER ??

I don't know exactly what "cut this" means but I definitely can say his given name was HELM and nothing else.

In his 1992 book "Motorsport in Deutschland 1945 - 1955" Reinald Schumann wrote this:

Zur Klärung der Zusammenhänge müssen hier noch ein paar Worte über die Glöcklers aus Frankfurt am Main eingeschoben werden. (...) Walter Glöckler war der Sohn des Gründers des heutigen bekannten Autohauses in Frankfurt namens Otto Glöckler und war bereits vor dem Krieg als Motorsportler aktiv (...). Walters Bruder hieß Wilhelm, und dessen Sohn wiederum hieß Helm. Er war also Walters Neffe. Sein Name war tatsächlich Helm und nicht etwa Helmut, wie er damals in der Motorsportpresse fälschlicherweise häufig genannt wurde. Der heutige Firmenchef, Otto Glöckler, ist Walters Glöcklers Sohn, also Helms Vetter. Auch er hat sich im Sport betätigt, und zwar war er Motorboot-Europameister der Klasse DU.

In brief: Helm was the son of Wilhelm Glöckler (- spot the origin of the unusual name "Helm"? -), who was the brother of Walter Glöckler. Walter Glöckler, Helm's uncle, raced pre-WW2 until the early 1950's, too.

PS. I hope Schumann got it right because AFAIK Walter Glöckler was born on 15 December 1908 and died on 04 January 1988. This would mean he was just one month older than his nephew. :confused: Obviously his brother Wilhelm must have been much older than him.

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Posted 14 January 2004 - 19:11

Thanks Reinhard
My first task for this evening was to check my Schumann for that very source

So you see, fvebr, it doesn't matter that Helm is usually a diminutive of Helmut, and it doesn't matter how many people jump to the conclusion that Glöckler was Helmut, and it especially doesn't matter how many websites copy wrong information :lol:

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Posted 14 January 2004 - 22:50

I hesitated quite a while to join in on this thread. And I hope I will not succumb to the temptation of proof-reading every single item.;) *

But I would like to see doubtful data cleared.

09 January 1960 is one of four dates of birth of Pascal Fabre I have seen so far. The other ones are 01 Jan, 08 Jan and 27 January 1960 - at least all in the same month and all in the same year. In my book I prefer the latter (27 Jan 1960). Who can say for sure?

For Rauno Aaltonen I have 17 January 1938 instead of 07 January.

For Alberto Uria I have 11 July 1924 instead of 07 January.

And for Narain Karthikeyan I have 14 February 1976 instead of 14 January 1977.

Oh, dear!

BTW: May I politely ask what is the aim of this thread?

At first I thought it is intended as a way of congratulating people of some importance who are still able to celebrate their birthdays. But where are - for example - Martin Schanche (born 01 January 1945) or Mike Blanchet (01 January 1948) or Bill McGovern (02 January 1937) or Ove Andersson (03 January 1938) or Willy T. Ribbs (03 January 1956) or André Simon (05 January 1920) or Keith Greene (05 January 1938)?

And then came the mentioning of Dick Rathmann... Okay, I thought, it is also for remembering the ones who are no longer with us.

But then: Where are Fritz Huschke von Hanstein (born 03 January 1911) or Sammy Davis (09 January 1887) or Gioacchino Colombo (09 January 1903)?

If the aim is to name birth dates of all motorsport people - living or dead, important or marginal - then this thread will grow considerably. In my records I have more than 150 persons whose birthdays are or were in the year's first two weeks...

Don't get me wrong. These remarks are not intended to be disrespectful. It's only that I would love to know which sort of contribution is welcome.


EDIT (more than one year later) : * Well, eventually I did. :

From my own notes and thanks to contributions from many people (Falcadore, Richie Jenkins, Jim Thurman and others) I produced the following lists:

22 December – 20 January,
21 January – 19 February,
20 February – 20 March,
21 March – 20 April,
21 April – 20 May,
21 May – 21 June,
22 June – 22 July,
23 July – 23 August,
24 August – 23 September,
24 September – 23 October,
24 October – 22 November,
23 November – 21 December

Edited by ReWind, 18 September 2009 - 17:43.


#31 fvebr

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Posted 15 January 2004 - 08:18

Originally posted by David McKinney
Thanks Reinhard
My first task for this evening was to check my Schumann for that very source

So you see, fvebr, it doesn't matter that Helm is usually a diminutive of Helmut, and it doesn't matter how many people jump to the conclusion that Glöckler was Helmut, and it especially doesn't matter how many websites copy wrong information :lol:


I sure do agree...We already had a post of that sort on OTDIMH...I surely didn't mean i had the truth...Just wanted to have a clear answer... :)

REwind...
Sure this thread might be enormous.... Temptation is one thing i fell in...
This thing might just be a thing to share sources (It happens... I confirm... I gave a real proof of something to Richard, Don Capps should have a copy of that now) and to valid/unvalid infos...

Just depend of people :wave:

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Posted 15 January 2004 - 11:21

The aim is to impart a little knowledge if only slightly relevant but of an upbeat nature, and remember those who have gone before.

I doubt very much that whatever you have in mind would be unwelcome. Post away!

I must say I had Jan 17 for Aaltonen as well.

I can't claim to have the records of everyone who has ever been born, I can only contribute what I have. If they don't appear here the omission is from lack of knowledge, not from editting.

I'm not that big on all this motive stuff. It just seemed like a good idea at the time.

Originally posted by ReWind
I hesitated quite a while to join in on this thread. And I hope I will not succumb to the temptation of proof-reading every single item.;)

But I would like to see doubtful data cleared.

09 January 1960 is one of four dates of birth of Pascal Fabre I have seen so far. The other ones are 01 Jan, 08 Jan and 27 January 1960 - at least all in the same month and all in the same year. In my book I prefer the latter (27 Jan 1960). Who can say for sure?

For Rauno Aaltonen I have 17 January 1938 instead of 07 January.

For Alberto Uria I have 11 July 1924 instead of 07 January.

And for Narain Karthikeyan I have 14 February 1976 instead of 14 January 1977.

Oh, dear!

BTW: May I politely ask what is the aim of this thread?

At first I thought it is intended as a way of congratulating people of some importance who are still able to celebrate their birthdays. But where are - for example - Martin Schanche (born 01 January 1945) or Mike Blanchet (01 January 1948) or Bill McGovern (02 January 1937) or Ove Andersson (03 January 1938) or Willy T. Ribbs (03 January 1956) or André Simon (05 January 1920) or Keith Greene (05 January 1938)?

And then came the mentioning of Dick Rathmann... Okay, I thought, it is also for remembering the ones who are no longer with us.

But then: Where are Fritz Huschke von Hanstein (born 03 January 1911) or Sammy Davis (09 January 1887) or Gioacchino Colombo (09 January 1903)?

If the aim is to name birth dates of all motorsport people - living or dead, important or marginal - then this thread will grow considerably. In my records I have more than 150 persons whose birthdays are or were in the year's first two weeks...

Don't get me wrong. These remarks are not intended to be disrespectful. It's only that I would love to know which sort of contribution is welcome.



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Posted 15 January 2004 - 14:56

January 16

One of US open wheeler racing most colourful figures, A.J. Foyt turns 69 today (1935).

80's Formula One regular Italian Piercarlo Ghinzani is 52 today (1952).

French Formula 3000 racer from the 90's Cyrille Sauvage turns 31 this day (1973).

70's F1 driver Luiz Bueno is 67 (1937).

Australian touring car racer, Paul Jones is 59 (1945)

As the Dakar grinds on, Spanish rally raider Carlos Sousa celebrates 38 (1966)

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Posted 16 January 2004 - 13:37

January 17

Having a health enforced sabbatical from competition, Richard Burns can celebrate his 33rd birthday today (1971).

While like Stefano Fabi a few days ago, we have another young hot shot celebrating his 21st. He won the Gold Star of Australias Champion Driver while still a teenager and when 20 became the youngest ever winner of Australias Greatest Motor Race, at Bathurst last year. Today, Rick Kelly is 21 (1983).

Porsche racer Gabriele Lancieri is 29 today (1975).

Finnish rally star, and well versed exponent of the Mini, Rauno Aaltonen is 66 years young today (1938). I think.

The man who is still trying to become Australias oldest driver, but it still waiting for Murray Carter to retire, Sports Sedan legend, Bryan Thomson is 69 (1935)

80's Ozzie touring car Holden runner, and today front running Historic Touring Car racer, Greg Toepfer, is 53 (1951)

Rally driver, Salvador Canellas, is 30, (1974)

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Posted 17 January 2004 - 15:20

January 18

Big day Jan 18 on my list....

Mexico's beloved and missed Pedro Rodriguez would have been 64 today (1940).

Also sadly missed, Canadas legend, Gilles Villeneuve would have been 54 (1950).

"Broken Telly", Italian sports and touring car racer, Gianfranco Brancatelli is 54 today (1950).

Formula 3000 to Formula One to CART to NASCAR..... Christian Fittipaldi celebrates 33 (1971).

World Superbike Racer Ivan Clementi will be 29 (1975).


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Posted 18 January 2004 - 11:28

My thoughts are with you today.........

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Posted 18 January 2004 - 15:02

January 19

BAR-Honda number one driver, Jenson Button will celebrate his 24th birthday (1980).

MG's factory BTCC pilot, Warren Hughes turns 35 today (1969).

Former Minardi driver, Tarso Marques has his 28th birthday today (1976).

New Zealand Superbike rider turned touring car racer, Aaron Slight is 38 (1966)

Australian Formula 3 Champion, James Manderson is 23, (1981).

British Formula 3 racer, Karun Chandhok is 20 (1984)

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1914, Sports car and Grand Prix driver, Bob Gerard was born in Leicester. rdrcr

1929, AAA driver, Red Amick was born in the USA. rdrcr

1932, Alfredo "Dino" Ferrari, the son of Enzo Ferrari, was born. rdrcr


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Posted 18 January 2004 - 22:03

Originally posted by Falcadore
January 18
Mexico's beloved and missed Pedro Rodriguez would have been 64 today.

When you go to this page and click on the second image you will have a slightly closer look on the tombstone of the Rodriguez brothers.

Pedro917 - Can you confirm that Pedro's as well as Ricardo's full surname was in fact Rodriguez de la Vega or is this a misinterpretation of the inscription?

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Posted 18 January 2004 - 22:55

Hello Rewind,

The "de la Vega" part is the family name of Pedro's mother. Her first name was Concepcion (Conchita). Her life was full of tragedy, loosing 3 sons and when Mexico City was struck by that big earthquake in September 1985, her apartment collapsed and she died from the injuries 2 weeks later.
Thanks for the link, I didn't know Peter used my pictures for this great website. In fact, these pictures were taken on 11 July 1978, exactly seven years after Pedro died. The roses are mine and they were put there by Pedro's mother. I met her there and she was accompanied by her daughter (Pedro & Ricardo's sister). It was a very emotional moment for me because on the day he died, I'd promised myself that one day, I would go to Mexico City to put flowers on his grave. Why? He was my hero and had given me a flower from his wreath after winning the Spa 1000kms race of 1971, I was 16 then and had witnessed my very first motor race.

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#40 Falcadore

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Posted 19 January 2004 - 21:20

January 20

Omani rally driver Hamed Al-Wahaibi will be 36 today (1968).

Argentine Sauber steerer, Noberto Fontana turns 29 (1975).

Former Durango Formula 3000 driver, Alex Muller will be 25 (1979).

ALMS steerer Grady Willingham is 40 (1964)

Born in 1955, influential Australian Sports Sedan and Touring Car driver, Bob Tindal died just last year.

One of six drivers involved in the pile-up which prematurely ended the 1981 Bathurst 1000, small touring car specialist David Seldon is 57 today (1947)

Occasional Australian Group A racer Graham McGregor is 53 (1951)

Canadian sports car racer Scott Maxwell is 40 (1964)

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1927, Dennise McCluggage, sports car racer and journalist, was born in El Dorado, California. rdrcr

1934, F3 and once appearing F1 driver, Giorgio Bassi was born in Italy. rdrcr

1932, Alfredo "Dino" Ferrari, the son of Enzo Ferrari, was born. rdrcr


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Posted 21 January 2004 - 11:53

January 21

Formula Nippon steerer, Yuji Ide is 29 today (1975).

Touring car ace, Winni Vogt would have been 59 (1945), but he died back in 1989 at the age of 44.

One of at least two 70's rock drummers who used their fortune to go racing, Pink Floyd's Nick Mason is 60 today (1944)

CART racer, Alex Sperafico, is 30 today (1974)

Regular WRC Ladies Cup champion, Louise Aitken-Walker is 44 (1960)


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1923, Driver, Jud Larson was born. rdrcr

1930, Driver, John Campbell-Jones was born. rdrcr

#42 Falcadore

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Posted 22 January 2004 - 15:21

January 22

Ferrari GT racer Luca Cappellari is 41 today (1963).

Gonzalo Rodriguez should have been 32 (1972). It is just over two years since the Uruguayan died after his Lola flipped over the barriers at Laguna Seca's Corkscrew, landing upside down,

New Garry Rogers Motorsport V8Supercar signing, champion of GT-Production and Formula Ford, Cameron McConville turns 30 (1974).

Brazilian IRL driver Felipe Giaffone is 29 (1975).

Recently ex-WRC steerer, Swede Thomas Radstrom is 38 (1966).

British Junior World Rally Championship racer, Guy Wilks is 23 (1981)

British based sports car racer Juan Barazi is 36 (1968)

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Posted 22 January 2004 - 15:22

January 23

V8Supercar and historic touring car racer, Stephen Voight is 35 (1969).

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Posted 22 January 2004 - 18:47

Originally posted by Falcadore
January 22
Gonzalo Rodriguez will be 33.


would've been :cry:

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Posted 22 January 2004 - 22:12

Richie,

My apologies. All I can say was it was 2am.

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Posted 22 January 2004 - 22:20

Originally posted by Falcadore with Richie Jenkins
Gonzalo Rodriguez would've been 33 :cry:

2004 - 1972 = 32

#47 Falcadore

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Posted 24 January 2004 - 01:43

January 24

Brit Tony Trimmer, six time failed GP driver over four seasons..... actually thats not much of a tribute. Oh Well. 61 years old today (1943).

1984 Osella driver, Austrian Jo Gartner would have been 50 today (1954), sadly his life was ended at the Grand Prix of Endurance and Efficiency in 1986, crashing his Kremer Racing Porsche 962 just short of half distance.

Twice winner of the Spa 24 Hour, German Altfrid Heger is 46 today (1958).

Ferrari FIA GT racer Wolfgang Kaufman is 39 on this day (1965).

Young US hopeful, Scott Speed is 21 today!! (1983). All the very best Scott.

Dakar motorcyclist Cyril Despres is 30 (1974)

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Posted 24 January 2004 - 09:22

Originally posted by Falcadore
1984 Osella driver, Austrian Jo Gartner, big day for you Josef! Fifty years old today! Go Jo! Go Jo! Go Jo!

Sadly Jo won't celebrate his 50th birthday.... as he was killed at LeMans in 1986... :cry:

#49 Falcadore

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Posted 25 January 2004 - 03:12

January 25

Motorcycle champion turned F1 driver and Touring Car star, Venezualan Johnny Cecotto is 48 (1956).

Long time Ferrari test driver, Italian Luca Badoer is 33 today (1971).

Sharing the same birthday is American open wheel racer, Jacques Lazier.

CART driver, Brazilian Mario Haberfeld turns 28 (1976).

Happy Birthday to you all.

Conjohn: thats twice I've done that now. I think I need to re-asses

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Posted 29 January 2004 - 12:50

January 26

Today is David Purley's birthday. He was born in 1945 and died just over 40 years later in his own aerobatic aircraft. His life one of bravery and of song, make a great movie one day.

Sportscar racer Paolo Biglieri turns 25 today (1979).

Italian-American Formula 3 racer, Richard Antinucci is 23 (1981).

NASCAR's Scott Wimmer is 28 (1976).

Australian Touring Car driver of the 80s, Graham Storah is 58 (1946).