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#151 ReWind

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Posted 05 April 2008 - 17:49

After the tragic events of the last few weeks (especially concerning Hans Goudezeune, David Leslie and Richard Lloyd) more sad news come from Austria.

Early this morning Herbert Breiteneder died during the Lavanttal-Rallye when his Seat Ibiza Kit Car plunged down the road into a forest. (Source; WARNING: picture of the crashed car!)

Breiteneder (54) was European Rallycross runner-up in 1987 and 1988 and five times Austrian Rallycross champion. In 1987 he was voted Austrian Motorracing Sportsman of the Year (ahead of Gerhard Berger and Gustl Auinger).

If rx-guru sees this I think he will tell us a lot more about the man.

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Posted 05 April 2008 - 23:09

Originally posted by ReWind
After the tragic events of the last few weeks (especially concerning Hans Goudezeune, David Leslie and Richard Lloyd) more sad news come from Austria.

Early this morning Herbert Breiteneder died during the Lavanttal-Rallye when his Seat Ibiza Kit Car plunged down the road into a forest. (Source; WARNING: picture of the crashed car!)

Breiteneder (54) was European Rallycross runner-up in 1987 and 1988 and five times Austrian Rallycross champion. In 1987 he was voted Austrian Motorracing Sportsman of the Year (ahead of Gerhard Berger and Gustl Auinger).

If rx-guru sees this I think he will tell us a lot more about the man.


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1988: Eventual Division One runner-up Herbert Breiteneder (VW Golf GTI 16V) and European champion Bjørn Skogstad (Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth) battle it out at Lydden.

Done on April 5 as news for ERC24 and extended to decent obituary today:

Herbert Breiteneder

We at ERC24 are very sad to report the death of Austrian Rallycross legend Herbert Breiteneder, who lost his life in a terrible accident this morning, while taking part in the 'Lico-Lavanttal-Rallye', a round of his native rally championship, being just 54-years-old. Runner-up to Swede Per-Ove Davidsson in the 1987 ERC Division One (then for two-wheel drive Group A cars), and again in 1988, to Norwegian Bjørn Skogstad, with a VW Golf GTI 16V as well as five time Austrian Rallycross champion, Breiteneder retired from our motor sport in the early 1990s, after two unlucky seasons with an impressive 600+bhp strong ex-Walter Röhrl Audi Sport quattro S1.

Contrary to information circulating in the German speaking media, Herbert Breiteneder started his motor sport career not in the early 1980s, but in the mid-70s. The automobile engineer (who worked for many years at the VW-Audi dealership Senker of Amstetten) organ player and hobby bandleader, was first seen with a rather tame VW 1300 Beetle at Melk and Fuglau in 1975 and finished that season 13th overall in the Austrian Rallycross Championship. About a year later he bought an ex-Porsche-Salzburg Beetle from Andy Bentza that produced 110bhp from its small 1600cc engine, and finished 9th overall in the 1976 championship. For 1977 Dieter Höbart from Mödling in Austria, the so-called “VW engine wizard”, prepared a 2.0-litre engine for “Breiti” that was claimed to produce 160bhp. At the end of that year Breiteneder found himself in 4th place in his native “Staatsmeisterschaft” and realised the only way was up.

The Höbart-Breiteneder cooperation continued to bear fruit; for 1978 the engine tuner entrusted the car builder and competitor with a very special 1978cc engine, equipped with a state-of-the-art Porsche style twin-cam cylinder-head, that produced about 210bhp, while the car weight was just 750kg [Martin Schanche’s 1978 ERC winning Escort RS1800 had 1995cc, 249bhp and 820kg]. During practice for the 1978 ERC round at the Leruring at Melk the greenhorn “Breiti” shocked all the great Europeans by setting the fastest time of the day. However, while Breiteneder blew his engine the next day, at the end of the Austrian championship he was the runner-up to Herbert Grünsteidl (the 1977 FIA European Rallycross Champion) and his new VW Golf 2.0. Breiteneder had smelt blood now and started to dream about a full ERC campaign. However, although the fast peddling man with the Citizen watches sponsored green 1302S Beetle claimed a well hailed victory over reigning European champion Martin Schanche in the 1979 Austrian ERC round at the Britaxring at Fuglau and grabbed both the 1979 and 1980 Austrian Rallycross titles the dreams about “his European tour” had to be delayed for some more years.

After Breiteneder had participated in 1981 and 1982 with a 16-valve VW Golf and mixed results the Thermoton-Team equipped him between early 1983 and late 1986 with a – by Austrian standards – exotic Rallycross machine, a Lotus Esprit. The all but reliable racing wedge was not the right weapon to fight for another title. Eventually, for 1987 “Herbie” had the necessary budget as well as a competitive car together to go on a pan-European tour. With a well-prepared Group A VW Golf GTI 16V he took part in all 11 ERC rounds and had the title in sight, when German Wolfgang Wentzien forced the end of his dream. In the final ERC round at Buxtehude in Germany Breiteneder had only qualified for the B final. However, by winning the B he would have been in the A with still a chance to become the 1987 Division 1 champ. With his Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.3-16 Wentzien took the lead of the B final and started to block the Austrian. After several useless attempts to overtake the Merc Herbert gave it a tick at its boot and forced the German into a spin. When the Golf was in the lead and heading towards the finish line that man Wentzien saw the red mist, wanted revenge and waited for one lap till Breiteneder arrived at his spot again. Now the German hampered the Austrian in such a manner that the other contenders found the necessary gaps to pass the squabbling duo. The result: Wentzien was excluded from the whole meeting, Breiteneder finished only ninth and Swede PeO Davidsson (Volvo 240 Turbo) won the championship with a small two point margin from “Breiti”.

In 1988 the drivers of the nearly 500bhp strong Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth beasts started to rule the Group A 2WD category. Breiteneder, who had just something over 200bhp at his disposal needed to drive his heart out to match their pace. After another 11 ERC rounds the VW Golf campaigner once again finished as runner-up, this time to Norwegian Bjørn Skogstad and his RS500 Cossie, but leaving a great and illustrious bunch of fast men behind. His sponsors were truly pleased, had even higher hopes and, therefore, helped him to make the big step forward: promotion to the upper-house of Rallycross, at that time Division Two.

With an Audi Sport quattro S1 that had previously been used by German Walter Röhrl in the World Rally Championship Breiteneder made an impressive entry among the Group B campaigners by claiming second place in each of the first two ERC rounds of 1989, at Sils in Spain and on home soil at Melk. But when the air became thinner for the Austrian he experienced more stress than the years before. In France he steamed things up by pushing the reigning European champion Matti Alamäki and his Peugeot 205 Turbo 16 E2 off the track, right under the eyes of the PTS representatives Jean Todt and Jean-Pierre Nicolas. A little later Nicolas kicked the door of the S1 but the bigger problem for Herbert was the fact, that he was excluded from the results and had to go home without a single point, instead of the expected 11 points for the last place of the A final. Worse to come, however, during the next ERC round in Belgium: Whilst fighting with Briton Will Gollop in the second qualifying heat “Breiti” overcooked it all and the result was a heavily damaged S1 after a triple somersault. As his budged did not allow a quick repair of his Group B monster the 1989 ERC was over for him.

In 1990 „Breiti“ was back in business to win the opening ERC round at his home circuit Fuglau. Weeks later, at Mondello in the Republic of Ireland he scored a fine second place, but it was not possible to deny the supremacy of the Peugeot 205 Turbo 16 E2, driven by Matti Alamäki and Terje Schie, any longer. With the Ford RS200 E2 of Martin Schanche and the ARG MG Metro 6R4 BiTurbo of Will Gollop also playing already in another league the title was out of the reach for the Austrian’s limited budged now. In Belgium a conrod went through his engine block during free practice, forcing him to go home as well as to forget about the Dutch ERC round a week later. However, behind Alamäki, Schanche, Gollop and Schie, Breiteneder finished the 1990 ERC in fifth place, but understood that, with the S1, he had backed the wrong horse and left the Rallycross venues for good to concentrate on his private life again.

In 1997 "Herbie" founded his own motor business, 'H. Breiteneder Auto-Börse' and only a couple of years later he started rallying and was, like his offspring Patrick Breiteneder, a much appreciated competitor in tarmac rallies of his native Austria. The SEAT Ibiza KitCar E1, alternately driven by father and son Breiteneder, was an ex-Weber, ex-Rovanperä and ex-Evans car that produced 255bhp from its Lehmann (Liechtenstein) tuned 2.0-litre 16V engine. Strangely, only a couple of hours before the fatal accident happened "Breiti" had put it up for sale in the advertisement section of the 'Rallycross Online' website… © ERC24/EL

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#153 vntgdotr

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Posted 09 April 2008 - 00:03

:smoking: I can answer your questions on Rosie Roussel. I am his daughter, Renee. Dad was born in Bakersfield, California on March 22, 1923. He passed away here in Bakersfield on August 8, 2007. Dad lost his eyesight after suffering a detached retina following a botched cataract surgery in 2000. After several years of terrible pain, and advise that there was no hope of having vision restored to the eye, he had it removed. Dad always had a great sense of humor, so I suggested he should have fun with the glass eye. We decided to have crossed checkered flags painted on the prothesis where the iris would usually be. This eye came to be known as his "tuxedo eye" which he wore to any racing event he attended. His statement was that if he had to take the checkered flag on his racing career, so did his eye. He got great delight out of suprising people with this eye. Unfortunately, the loss of sight in the eye left him with terrible depth perception which made walking, driving, watching television and reading an extreme challenge. Dad spent most of the last three years of his life at his computer, 1 finger typing correspondence to friends and fans all over the world. I hope this answers your questions.

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Posted 09 April 2008 - 07:34

Hello, and thank you very much, Renee! :)

I hope you can be persuaded to stay on here a little while, and perhaps contribute a story or two about your dad!!!?;)

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Posted 12 April 2008 - 14:23

94-year-old Frenchman Georges Houel died on Thursday (10 April 2008).
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R.I.P.

#156 ReWind

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Posted 15 April 2008 - 19:29

Italian motor racing photographer Rodolfo Mailander died recently, apparently on 01 April 2008, at the age of 85.
(I don't know his birth date.)

Some of his works can be seen here, there & elsewhere.

Wouldn't it be nice if Karl Ludvigsen would tell us a little bit about him?

#157 Frank S

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Posted 16 April 2008 - 06:27

Originally posted by vntgdotr
:smoking: I can answer your questions on Rosie Roussel. I am his daughter, Renee.

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Dad spent most of the last three years of his life at his computer, 1 finger typing correspondence to friends and fans all over the world. I hope this answers your questions.

I was among the fortunates who corresponded with Rosie. He had found my Web pages about the January, 1958 midget races at Riverside (not Edgemont) Raceway. He wrote to say:

Just looked at your web site and it brought back some good memories, i'm in the midget program with many of my friends of that era. Out of the entire program i believe only about 6 of us are still around. So sad but true. I'm 81 now and i still keep in contact with a few of the survivors of that era. Really enjoyed it, keep up the good work. Regards, "Rosie" Roussel
P.S. Check out, martsrods.com it shows some of the cars during my career that i drove.


He didn't mention he won the sprint car race at Riverside on the Memorial Day weekend that year.

A few months later I was privileged to meet and chat with Rosie during Hila Sweet's gathering at Parnelli Jones' place in Torrance.

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A fine man, an accomplished racer, and the kind of exemplary person you're proud to have known.

I'd like to hear more about him.

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Posted 16 April 2008 - 07:36

Originally posted by Frank S
He didn't mention he won the sprint car race at Riverside on the Memorial Day weekend that year.

Probably because he was too modest to claim something he didn't do!;) To the best of my knowledge, Rosie only ever won two Sprint Car races, both in 1960 near the end of his career, and both top CRA events at Ascot Park in Gardena, CA: June 18 a 15-miler in the Boghosian/Wayne, and October 8 another 15-miler in the Morales/Offenhauser.

The 500-mile Riverside race was won by Bud Rose (Gemsa = Kurtis/Offenhauser) from Hank Henry, Rip Erikson and a young Don Davis in one of his first Sprint Car appearances.

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Posted 16 April 2008 - 20:11

Thank you.

I have asterisked the Bob Crawford note that led me astray, and added your comment.

I appreciate the reminders I earn (all too frequently).

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#160 Jim Thurman

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Posted 17 April 2008 - 22:26

Originally posted by Frank S

I was among the fortunates who corresponded with Rosie. He had found my Web pages about the January, 1958 midget races at Riverside (not Edgemont) Raceway.

Utterly, totally, completely uncalled for, Sir! :lol:

And if you are, by some chance, serious about that, by all means, post it somewhere appropriately ;)

A fine man, an accomplished racer, and the kind of exemplary person you're proud to have known.

I'd like to hear more about him.

:up: I know that Rosie ended his career racing with the San Diego Racing Association in the Modified Sportsman (Super Modified) class at Cajon Speedway. Some wonderful photos of him in that link he sent you Frank, including one of him punching his fist in the air as he takes the checkered flag on the then dirt Cajon Speedway.

A year of two ago, Don Radbruch sent along a photo Rosie had asking if I could ID the California dirt track shown, unfortunately I wasn't able to. It was one I was totally unfamiliar with and there weren't any geographic clues.

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Posted 17 April 2008 - 22:35

Originally posted by Frank S
Thank you.

I have asterisked the Bob Crawford note that led me astray, and added your comment.

I appreciate the reminders I earn (all too frequently).


Frank, :up: for the photos at the site. I've particularly enjoyed the Riverside midget photos.

I guess I was so busy looking at the photos I must have overlooked the error in the Sprint Car race winner. I would have gladly pointed out Bud Rose as the winner... despite the fact that I once posted the wrong winner for the 500 mile Midget race after earlier posting the correct one... :

#162 Richard Jenkins

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Posted 30 April 2008 - 12:23

According to this post on the TrackForum website, Dan Murphy, Indy 500 non-qualifier, sportscar driver & builder of the Cicada, has died, aged 66.


EDIT - This tribute has a bit more info & a picture.

#163 Peter Leversedge

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Posted 01 May 2008 - 11:24

Jim I was at Ascot Park in 1977 and they some old time sprint cars doing a few laps when suddenly one flipped over, it was driven by a Bud Rose but he was unhurt, would that be the same Bud Rose ?

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Posted 02 May 2008 - 20:43

I didn't see it anywhere else. But according to the BRDC website Archie Bryde died recently. Since he was born on 16 March 1919 he must have been 89 years old.

Anyone with more details (date & place of death)?

#165 Jim Thurman

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Posted 03 May 2008 - 03:27

Originally posted by Peter Leversedge
Jim I was at Ascot Park in 1977 and they some old time sprint cars doing a few laps when suddenly one flipped over, it was driven by a Bud Rose but he was unhurt, would that be the same Bud Rose ?


Peter, possibly, though "Buzz" Rose was known for hanging around old timers sessions. If it was Bud Rose, it definitely would have been the Riverside winner.

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Posted 21 June 2008 - 11:53

Dutch Rallycross driver of the 1970s and 1980s Tinus Korevaar (* 25.10.1939 at Lekkerkerk) has passed away some days ago (date?) at the age of 68 years.

http://www.autosport...890&rubriek=nat

#167 ReWind

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Posted 21 June 2008 - 13:36

Originally posted by rx-guru
(date?)

According to this source: Monday, June 9th, 2008.

Many thanks for keeping us informed, Eddi! :up:

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Posted 28 June 2008 - 16:04

Austrian Ing. Johannes Demel, a member of the FIA Off-Road Commission and former Formula One Clerk of the Course at the A1-Ring, was found dead after a heart attack at his home in Vienna. Demel was 61-years-old.

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Posted 29 June 2008 - 11:15

French rallycross driver Jean-Claude Macchetto has died from cancer on June 15th. "Big Mac" was a regular in the French Rallycross Championship, winning two races and finishing 6th overall in 1986 and 1987.

Source: AUTOhebdo nr.1654 25 June 2008

#170 ReWind

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Posted 07 July 2008 - 12:25

With a little help from TwinWindow I updated my list in the initial post of this thread.

Unfortunately there are a lot of entries (more than 100!) from the time of my last update (mid-September 2007) until now.

If anyone can fill in the obvious gaps or replace the question marks with hard facts: you're welcome!

#171 Marc Ceulemans

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Posted 07 July 2008 - 15:57

As I have seen André Van Bever, the photograph, in your list, I can add his birth date and location
25 August 1922 at Brussels. Source = Le Soir (5/2/08).

#172 ReWind

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Posted 07 July 2008 - 17:54

Thank you very much, Marc!

This is the hommage from "Memoire des Stands". I think the good motor racing photographers shouldn't be forgotten, too.

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Posted 09 July 2008 - 08:19

Cesare Passoli passed away of sudden illness on 26 June 2008.
Former Formula 3 driver, he won the Italian Formula 2000 Trophy in 1980 (a national Formula 3 series). In 1984 he founded team Passoli Racing. In 2006 Mauro Massironi won for Passoli Racing the Italian Formula 3 Championship.
He was 54.

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Posted 11 July 2008 - 14:52

Originally posted by rx-guru
Austrian Ing. Johannes Demel, a member of the FIA Off-Road Commission and former Formula One Clerk of the Course at the A1-Ring, was found dead after a heart attack at his home in Vienna. Demel was 61-years-old.

Born 16.09.1946 in Vienna
Died 28.06.2008 in Vienna

Info by his relatives and his motor sports club RRC13 Wien.

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Posted 13 July 2008 - 22:42

:cry: German motor sports photographer Jan Becker has died this weekend during a mountain hike, due to a cardiac arrest. To tell him apart from the ex-Rallycross driver and nowadays Rally pilot Jan Becker we used to call the snapper "Jan Klick". May he rest in peace! :cry:

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Posted 26 July 2008 - 20:12

Danilo Tesini passed away on 15 July 2008 at Verona, aged 83.
Tazio Nuvolari's mechanic, car builder and talented race car driver. He raced in the 50s in his own Martes sportscar and later in a Lotus 11 - Climax. He abandoned his activity in 1961 and returned to racing in the 70s, aged 50, participating in the World Sportscar Championship. In 1977 he scored his career best result, climbing the podium in the 500 km of Monza, 3rd place with "Gianfranco" as team mate in a Osella PA5 - BMW, behind the winner Vittorio Brambilla's Alfa Romeo 33SC12 and Giorgio Francia-Silvio Artina, 2nd in another Osella.

#177 Richard Jenkins

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Posted 27 July 2008 - 12:52

Originally posted by Nanni Dietrich
Danilo Tesini passed away on 15 July 2008 at Verona, aged 83.
Tazio Nuvolari's mechanic, car builder and talented race car driver. He raced in the 50s in his own Martes sportscar and later in a Lotus 11 - Climax. He abandoned his activity in 1961 and returned to racing in the 70s, aged 50, participating in the World Sportscar Championship. In 1977 he scored his career best result, climbing the podium in the 500 km of Monza, 3rd place with "Gianfranco" as team mate in a Osella PA5 - BMW, behind the winner Vittorio Brambilla's Alfa Romeo 33SC12 and Giorgio Francia-Silvio Artina, 2nd in another Osella.


A great shame. RIP.
Thanks Nanni for continuing to keep us in the loop, I think most of us would miss the news otherwise.

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Posted 27 July 2008 - 14:20

Apparently Danilo Tesini led an extraordinary life. Unfortunately I didn't succeed to insert a link to his obituary from "L'Arena - il giornale di Verona". So I copied it:

Se n’è andato Danilo Tesini il meccanico di Tazio Nuvolari
Pilota-costruttore fu il mago del motore negli anni ’50

Danilo Castellarin
È morto ieri dopo lunga malattia Danilo Tesini, 83 anni, noto preparatore di auto sportive. La sua officina di San Zeno, dal dopoguerra e fino a metà degli Novanta, fu il punto di riferimento della Verona da corsa. Lascia la moglie Maria e i figli Roberta, Alessandro e Nicola, a sua volta pilota e giornalista. I funerali saranno celebrati nella cattedrale di San Zeno venerdì alle 10.30.
Più che un'officina, la sua, era un salotto. Linda e ordinata, era diventata dal 1950 una sorta di clinica specializzata per tirar fuori tutti i cavalli dai motori di Ferrari, Alfa, Lancia e Maserati, lucidando i condotti e perfezionando i carburatori, arte in cui Tesini eccelleva. Suoi clienti erano Tazio Nuvolari e Maria Callas, ma anche i campioni veronesi Giulio Cabianca, Giacomo Moioli, Gastone Zanarotti e tanti altri.
Godette, come pochi altri, dell'amicizia di «Nivola» che lo spinse a costruire un'auto tutta sua. Tesini raccolse la sfida e progettò la Martes, acronimo di «Modifiche Auto Riparazioni Tesini», con l'effigie gialla che raffigurava un granchio rosso, un ingranaggio stretto nelle chele.
Nel 1951 vinse a Monza, Pescara, Asiago, Bondone, Opicina, spesso davanti a Stanguellini, Osca, Ermini. A Monza conquistò l'assoluto nel Gran Premio vetturette del 1955. A Modena i fratelli Ernesto e Bindo Maserati lo avvicinarono e si complimentarono perché capirono l'impegno del ragazzo veronese che faceva tutto da solo. Intuizioni meccaniche, quelle di Tesini, che con si limitavano alle competizioni ma si estendevano a brevetti e modelli di utilità per l'uso quotidiano dell'automobile, ai collettori di aspirazione per la Lancia Ardea con riscaldamento della miscela mediante circolazione ad acqua calda che, come prometteva la pubblicità dell'epoca, «assicura minor consumo, aumento della velocità, ripresa fulminea, tranquillità di marcia, elasticità del motore e sicurezza del prodotto». Tesini brevettò anche la scatola dello sterzo per la Fiat 500 A, la Topolino, regolabile senza ricorrere allo smontaggio e dunque risparmiando tempo prezioso.
Spesso il Tesini-inventore aiutava il Tesini-pilota. Come sui lunghi rettilinei di Monza, sui quali la Martes 1100 urlava a più non posso, chiamando la quinta marcia. Tesini doveva alleggerire il gas per evitare il fuorigiri. Così decise di montare la quinta al posto della retromarcia. Fosse incappato in un testacoda, non avrebbe nemmeno potuto fare retromarcia. Fortuna volle che quell'evenienza non capitasse mai e che nessuna verifica tecnica scoprisse che la Martes correva senza retro.
Tesini conquistò il campionato Triveneto sport, classe fino a 1100 cc, nel 1955 e nel 1956. Incoraggiato dal successo ottenuto progettò una 1500, sempre a quattro cilindri. Poi passò alla Lotus con la quale vinse altre gare. Nel 1961 sospese l'attività sportiva. Fino al 1973, quando acquistò una Dallara e poi, nel 1976, a 51 anni, una Osella PA3 con la quale partecipò al Mondiale Marche e all'Europeo 2000 conquistando brillanti affermazioni a Digione, Pergusa, Monza, Vallelunga, Castellet. Nel 1979 sfiorò la vittoria assoluta a Monza. Una carriera sportiva longeva e fortunata che ha aiutato questo signore del ’900 a raggiungere il traguardo di 83 anni lo scorso 16 gennaio. Anche se ormai i segni della malattia erano diventati evidenti e lui preferiva uscire poco. Poi i malinconici mesi delle terapie e dei ricoveri in ospedale. Fino a ieri quando il suo motore si è spento per sempre.

Perhaps someone can translate it for us.

#179 Nanni Dietrich

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Posted 27 July 2008 - 15:13

Danilo Tesini:
http://www.motorspor...WF&db2=ct&n=646

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#180 ReWind

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Posted 29 July 2008 - 20:25

A one hit wonder if ever there was one!
Jimmy Dunham who was riding mechanic to 1935 Indy 500 winner Kelly Petillo died on 25 July 2008 at the age of 96.
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#181 Ren de Boer

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Posted 31 July 2008 - 11:36

Rüdiger Faltz, a former racer who then went on to run the Faltz-BMW team in the Deutsche Rennsport Meisterschaft in the 1970s, promoting the careers of Harald Grohs and Hans-Joachim Stuck, to name but a few, died last Saturday (July 26th), aged 66.

Obituary from Motorsport Aktuell by Rainer Braun

#182 Vitesse2

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Posted 31 July 2008 - 17:04

Presumably the news got lost in all the British GP brouhaha, but Neil Eason-Gibson passed away in early July:

http://www.brdc.co.u...N/flag/2/id/696

There's a brief obituary in the September issue of Octane (but without exact dates, just 1933-2008). No doubt the other magazines will follow.

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Posted 01 August 2008 - 10:27

On Wendnesday morning (11.20), William Millar died in the Renault F1 factory in Enstone. Actual, there are no informations how he died, but there are 3 rumours: 1) He was involved in a accident with the KERS system. 2) There was a firearm involved. 3) Suicide

Don't know more about the career of William Millar? Are there any informations?

It is very sad that the death is coming back in Formula One after 7 years (marshall Graham Beveridge died at the Australian GP 2001). I hope that there is no relation to KERS because it looks like the new system which promised action on the road in 2009, is´very dangerous.

RIP William!

#184 ReWind

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Posted 01 September 2008 - 12:40

Just a brief update of the passings in July and August 2008
[as far as they are known to me]:

Jul ?? Neil Eason Gibson (GBr) 74 25/10/33

Jul ?? Jim Whitehouse (GBr)

Jul 03 Marzio Romano (Sui) 53 23/06/55

Jul 03 Bob Reuther (USA) 80 12/09/27

Jul 07 Ian Walker (GBr) 82 16/03/26

Jul 10 Bernard Cahier (Fra) 81 20/06/27

Jul 13 Yves Feilner (Bel) 56 27/02/52

Jul 15 Steve Peterson (USA) 58 24/11/49

Jul 15 Danilo Tesini (Ita) 83 16/01/25

Jul 18 Terry Gibson (USA) 46 24/03/62

Jul 24 Rudi Böhm (Ger) c.82

Jul 25 Jimmy Dunham (USA) 96 14/12/11

Jul 25 Brian Pack (USA) 34 19/04/74

Jul 26 Rüdiger Faltz (Ger) 66 1941

Jul 27 Gerd Krauthausen (Ger) 64 30/07/43



Aug 04 Greg Weld (USA) 64 04/03/44

Aug 13 Peter Jopp (GBr) 80 02/05/28

Aug 13 Dino Toso (Ita) 39 11/02/69

Aug 15 Jens Hansen (Den) 44 13/11/63

Aug 18 Jon Fast (Swe) c.75 1933

Aug 22 Jean-Claude Caillaud (Fra) 71 09/09/36

Aug 24 Tonino Ascari (Ita) 66 02/08/42

Aug 25 Peter Bolton (GBr) c.88 1919

Aug 28 Phil Hill (USA) 81 20/04/27

Aug 30 Ed Justice Sr. (USA) 87 12/06/21

#185 ReWind

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Posted 20 September 2008 - 07:18

Last Sunday Marv Jenkins died at the age of 88.
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Posted 20 September 2008 - 08:24

That obit neglected to mention his role in the Novi saga. RIP, Marv! :(

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Posted 20 September 2008 - 13:00

I previously posted this on the Swede Savage thread, since Jim Wright was his chief mechanic. It is more appropriately placed here, I believe. I first met Jim in 1994, I can't believe that I didn't hear of his passing until the Labor Day weekend. RIP, albeit belatedly, my friend.

http://www.jimwrightmemorial.com/

#188 Jim Thurman

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Posted 20 September 2008 - 23:53

Ben Eyerly, a top Oregon short track racer from the 50's through 70's who made 1 career start in NASCAR's top series, passed away September 11 in Oregon:

For those not reading the attached story, the NASCAR start came in a Rambler (!).

http://www.statesman...D=2008809160341

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Posted 21 September 2008 - 07:41

Related to OW racer Mike Eyerly? Wasn't he from the Northwest, too?

A shame really that half the article goes on about a retirement in his one NASCAR race! :mad: :rolleyes:

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Posted 06 October 2008 - 09:05

Salvatore Calascibetta, 13 times Targa Florio starter (best finish 9th overall in 1963 and 1971) killed himself on 23 July 2008. He was 74 year-old.

Two well known rally co-drivers passed away in September:
Pierre Thimonier of France, on 22 September 2008, cancer aged 65. He longtime co-drove to Jean Ragnotti, scoring one WRC win in the 1985 Tour de Corse in a Renault 5 Maxi Turbo.
British Rob Arthur, on 24 September 2008, heart attack aged 58. He raced alongside great British rally-drivers as Tony Pond, Terry Kaby, Jimmy McRae and others.

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#191 Ren de Boer

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Posted 20 October 2008 - 18:05

Beate Nodes, the first lady racer to score a DTM podium finish (third at the Avus in 1986 with her Ford Sierra Turbo), passed away last Friday after a heart attack. Sadly enough, after Annette Meeuvissen a few years ago, this is the second former winner of the legendary Ford Fiesta Ladies' Cup in Germany who is no longer with us.

A nice obituary by Rainer Braun from the Motorsport Aktuell website can be found here

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Posted 21 October 2008 - 20:25

Originally posted by René de Boer
Beate Nodes, the first lady racer to score a DTM podium finish (third at the Avus in 1986 with her Ford Sierra Turbo), passed away last Friday after a heart attack. Sadly enough, after Annette Meeuvissen a few years ago, this is the second former winner of the legendary Ford Fiesta Ladies' Cup in Germany who is no longer with us.

A nice obituary by Rainer Braun from the Motorsport Aktuell website can be found here


What the hell is going on this autumn...RIP Beate.

And Calascibetta committing suicide at 74, very very sad. RIP Salvatore.

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#193 Jim Thurman

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Posted 03 November 2008 - 20:18

A couple of recent passings in the Western U.S.:

Kevin Terris, 63, died October 14 in hospital at Fresno, California. A native of Canada, Terris raced out of Hermosa Beach, California and was 1969 NASCAR PCLM Rookie of the Year. Terris joined the PCLM series after buying a 1967 Plymouth from MGM Studios after they'd used the car in filming of the Elvis Presley movie "Speedway". Terris helped finance his racing by renting the car (and driving it himself) in TV and film productions. He made 11 starts in NASCAR's top series, then known as Grand National, between 1970 and 1984. All but one of the starts came at Riverside International Raceway and Ontario Motor Speedway, the exception being at Talladega in 1971 (he also was a DNQ for that year's World 600 at Charlotte). Terris had three top 10 finishes at Riverside, with his career best being a 6th in the grueling 500 mile race in 1972. He also qualified in the top 10 twice at Riverside. The bulk of Terris' career came from 1969 through 1972, when the bright red-orange Plymouth with his #32 was a familiar sight on Western U.S. tracks. PCLM/GN West stats being what they are, I come up with 28 career starts, with a career best finish of 3rd coming at Sears Point International Raceway in 1969, a race he led late until going off course. He finished 8th in points in 1969 to earn Rookie of the Year honors. After 10 years, Terris returned to drive a Buick in two Riverside events (1982 and 1984). Among interesting events Terris competed in were the first Stock Car race at Sears Point and the first NASCAR GN race at Ontario Motor Speedway.

George Robertson, 82, died October 26 at Spokane Valley, Washington. A top Super Modified racer on the CAMRA (Canadian American Modified Racing Association) circuit, Robertson was the 1973 CAMRA champion. Racing out of Lewiston, Idaho, Robertson also finished in the top 10 in points all but two years between 1963 and 1980 and finished in the top 5 in points from the series inaugural 1963 season through 1966 while racing alongside drivers such as Billy Foster, Jim Malloy, Art Pollard and Tom Sneva.

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Posted 05 November 2008 - 19:15

Ted Fritz, 72, passed away October 25 at Turlock, California. Fritz was the 1973 Stockton 99 Speedway Late Model Sportsman champion, scoring 14 main event wins on the tricky 1/4 mile paved oval in 1973 and 1974 and narrowly losing the '74 title to Dan Reed, with whom he had many memorable duels. Fritz moved up to the NASCAR Grand National West division in '75, making 1 career NASCAR GN start at Riverside. He also competed in Late Model Sportsman races at Riverside.

http://www.legacy.co...sonID=119441755

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Posted 05 November 2008 - 21:44

Three former Canadian American Modified Racing Association points champions have passed away this year. The most recent is George Robertson. The two others are Jim Roberts and Doug Larson. Links are to my blog.

http://befastpast.bl...n-sad-news.html

http://befastpast.bl...n-sad-news.html

http://befastpast.bl...racer-gone.html

CAMRA produced a number of good racers who moved onto the USAC Champ car series. Art Pollard, Billy Foster, Jim Malloy, Eldon Rasmussen, and even Dick Simon.

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Posted 06 November 2008 - 18:49

According to this source in 2007 a driver called Willie Swift died.

That name doesn't ring a bell as far as I'm concerned. Anyone else who knows who he was?

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Posted 09 November 2008 - 12:12

Only recently I learned that Czech rally co-driver Miroslav Fanta died 18 months ago on 06 May 2007 at the age of 50.

I found only Czech sources
here, here, here and there (which I cannot read)
so I can't say anything about the circumstances of his passing.

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Posted 09 November 2008 - 13:46

It is nothing about circumstances of Fanta's death only it was suddenly. The fourth link work not for me.

#199 ReWind

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Posted 09 November 2008 - 13:55

The following is the content of the fourth link:

Zemřel Miroslav Fanta
06.05.2007
V neděli 6. května 2007, zemřel jeden z předních českých navigátorů, Miroslav Fanta.
V neděli přišla zpráva, kterou na webových stránkách určitě nečteme rádi. Přesto však je smutnou povinností oznámit, že v neděli 6. května 2007, zemřel jeden z předních českých navigátorů, Miroslav Fanta.

Zpráva o Mirkově skonu přišla doslova jako blesk z čistého nebe a po pravdě řečeno, tentokráte mi opravdu schází slova. V dané chvíli je asi zbytečné hovořit a vracet se k Mirkově bohaté soutěžácké kariéře, vyšperkované řadou světových i domácích úspěchů. Bohužel, tato sbírka už zůstane definitivně uzavřena. Dnes totiž Mirkovo soutěžácké srdce naposledy zabušilo.

Je jisté, že jeho předčasný odchod nejvíce zasáhnul jeho rodinu, ale s trochou nadsázky mohu určitě říci, že do jeho 'rodiny' patřili také jeho přátelé a kamarádi z automobilových soutěží, kterých měl opravdu mnoho. A je víceméně jedno, zda si ho vážili pro jeho profesionální přístup k soutěžím, upřímnost, či přátelskou povahu.

Nevím, zda nám budou více scházet bohaté Mirkovy zkušenosti, reálný pohled na věc nebo jeho pozitivní přístup k životu. Každopádně nám bude scházet kamarád, soutěžák tělem i duší.

Jan Vaškovič

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Posted 10 November 2008 - 05:11

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