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#801 Jim Thurman

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Posted 30 June 2003 - 00:38

JUNE 29, 1902 - Vienna, Austria...Marcel Renault drove a Renault to victory as the Paris-Vienna race concluded in the Austrian city. Renault covered the 615.4 miles in 15 hours, 47 minutes, 43 seconds, for an average speed of 38.96 mph.

1947 - Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium...Jean-Pierre Wimille drove to his second straight win in major Grand Prixs, capturing the European/Belgian Grand Prix. Wimille averaged 95.86 mph. Achille Varzi and Count Felice Trossi finished 2nd and 3rd, another 1-2-3 Alfa Romeo 158 sweep, repeating the finish order of the last major GP (the Swiss GP).

1952 - Detroit, Michigan...Tim Flock drove his Ted Chester owned Hudson Hornet to victory in the 2nd annual NASCAR Grand National 'Motor City 250' on the 1 mile dirt oval at the Michigan State Fairgrounds. Dick Rathmann won the pole in the Walt Chapman Hudson Hornet and led the first 44 laps before pitting. Rathmann retired 20 laps later with overheating problems. Rathmann's stop moved point leader Lee Petty out front. Petty led 43 laps before giving way to T. Flock. 13 laps later, Petty's Chrysler was out with a broken wheel. T. Flock led all but one lap over the remaining distance, going on to take the checkered ahead of Buddy Shuman with Herb Thomas a lap back in 3rd, both also in Hudson Hornets. Top runner Fonty Flock started 2nd in the Frank Christian Olds 88, but was first out of the race with tie rod troubles and defending race winner Tommy Thompson was never a factor, finishing 21st. T. Flock won $5,050 and a new Nash Ambassador for his efforts while runner-up Shuman won $2,225 (to give an idea how big this race was, at the time only the 'Southern 500' at Darlington paid more to first and second). The win, coupled with Petty's misfortune, jumped T. Flock into the points lead. 12 different makes of cars were represented in the 47 car field, but Chevrolet, Buick, Pontiac and Dodge were not among them.

1952 - Williams Grove, Pennsylvania...Marshall Teague drove his Hudson Hornet to victory in the AAA Stock Car race on the 1/2 mile dirt Williams Grove Speedway. It was Teague's 2nd straight win on the AAA Stock circuit.

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Posted 30 June 2003 - 06:59

June 28th

1998
Magny-Cours... France... Mika HAKKINEN (McLAREN/MERCEDES) takes the Pole for his 10th front row ahead of Michael SCHUMACHER's FERRARI... But on the podium we find both FERRARI of Michael SCHUMACHER, followed by his team mate Eddie IRVINE who managed to keep Mika HAKKINEN behind.. Fastest lap being signed By David COULTHARD (McLAREN/MERCEDES)...

1964
Rouen Les Essarts... France... Jim CLARK (LOTUS/CLIMAX) is on pole ahead of Dan GURNEY (BRABHAM/CLIMAX) and John SURTEES (FERRARI).. Jim CLARK will retire at mid-race with engine problems and Dan GURNEY offered Team BRABHAM their 1st win in front of Graham HILL (BRM) keeping short ahead of Jack BRABHAM (BRABHAM/CLIMAX) who signed the fastest lap..

1923
Birth in Argentina of Adlofo Cruz SCHWELM who retired during his unique Gp (Argentina 1953 with a COOPER/BRISTOL)...

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Posted 30 June 2003 - 07:00

June 29th

1997
Magny-Cours... France.. It'll be the Hat Trick for Michael SCHUMACHER (FERRARI) on pole ahead of Heinz Harald FRENTZEN (WILLIAMS/RENAULT), Fastest lap and 25th win in front of FRENTZEN and Eddie IRVINE (FERRARI)

1980
Paul-Ricard... France.. John WATSON starts 13th with the McLAREN/FORD for his 100th Gp... Quite far from the front row taken by the LIGIER/FORD of Jacques LAFFITE and the RENAULT of René ARNOUX... LAFFITE takes the lead and will keep nearly half race.. Helped by ARNOUX trying to keep the LIGIER/FORD of Didier PIRONI behind him... PIRONI finally took over ARNOUX 4 laps later but LAFFITE was already 7'' away... Alan JONES (WILLIAMS/FORD) who started 4th and saving his tyres followed gently PIRONI... Mid race both took over LAFFITE... A bit later, JONES signing the fastest lap took the lead and the win, PIRONI finishing 2nd in front of Jacques LAFFITE...

1921
Birth of the American from Paris Henry O'Reilly 'Harry' SCHELL.. 57 Gp from 1950 until 1960, 2 Podiums (Pescara 57 with MASERATI and Holland 58 with BRM).. He finished 6th at WC in 58... Harry SCHELL won Caen non championship Gp in 56.. In 1960, during practice for the International trophy at Silverstone under the rain, a wheel went off.. Harry SCHELL was killed in the accident..

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Posted 30 June 2003 - 07:13

1975
Birth of German Ralf SCHUMACHER who raced today 109 Gp since 1997.. He already climbed 21 times on the podium (2nd in Italy 1999 with WILLIAMS/SUPERTEC where he signed his 1st fastest lap... Finished 6th in 1999 WC... Still in good positions, he races today for WILLIAMS/BMW... and has today 5 wins (Imola, Canada, Hockenheim 2001, Sepang 2002 and Nurburgring 2003) Following his brother Michael, he started in Go-Kart in 1991.. Won Macau F3 Gp in 1995.. Won 3 races in Japanese Gt Championship and McLAREN/MERCEDES offered him a contract as test driver in 1996... He declined it and entered the JORDAN F1 team as official driver in 1997...

1974
Death of American Edward 'Eddie' JOHNSON who raced 9 Indianapolis Gp from 1952 until 1960 (6th with a TREVIS/OFFENHAUSER in 60)

1966 :cry:
It's in a road accident near Chambéry in France that Emilio Giuseppe 'Nino' FARINA was killed.. The 1st Formula One World Champion... In 34 Gp from 1950 until 1955, he took 5 wins (won the very 1st F1 Gp in Silverstone 1950 with ALFA-ROMEO), 20 podiums, 5 poles, 27 front rows and 5 fastest laps.. 8 retirements in races for different reason, but his worst places were 7th and 6th.... He started in 32, and was Italian Champion in 37,38 and 39 directed by Tazio NUVOLARI... After WWII, he took many wins with his own MASERATI and was contacted by FERRARI... But it's with ALFA-ROMEO and the famous 3F team (FARINA,FAGIOLI,FANGIO) that Nino FARINA entered History... Gone to FERRARI in 1952, Alberto ASCARI was faster... A hard crash at 1000 Miglia and another one in Monza (where he was severely burned) took him away from racing end of 54... Back on track in 55, he retired at mid season, injuries were hurting him too much... After an attempt for Indy 500 in 55, he tried agin in 56 but his car was crashed by another driver... FARINA decided then to stop racing after he had just written the very 1st chapter onf modern Formula one with a World Championship title in 1950..

1931
Birth of American Harry BLANCHARD who finished 7th for his unique Gp (USA 1959 with PORSCHE)... Died in 1960 during Buenos Aires 1000 Km in a crash with his PORSCHE...

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Posted 01 July 2003 - 00:52

Sorry I’m late with these…. I’ve been busier than hell recently. Fevbr, I'll bet your last entry was for the 30th. Thanks for the additions! …you too Jim!

June 28,

1923, Sports car driver, Henri Walter was born in Germany. He ran 1 F1 race with Porsche at the Nurburgring in 1962, starting and finishing 14th.

1931, NASCAR living legend, Junior Johnson was born.

1949, Bill Sheffler dies of injuries suffered 9 days earlier in a crash during practice for the AAA championship race at Trenton, New Jersey.

1957, Tony Bettenhausen drove a Novi to a new closed course speed record of 177.046 mph at Monza, Italy, in qualifications for the "Race of Two Worlds"

1957, NASCAR driver, Mike Skinner was born.

1964, Drag racer Tom McEwen was nicknamed "The Mongoose" after defeating Don "The Snake" Prudhomme at Lions Dragstrip in California. The legendary rivalry had begun.

1965, Ferdinando Latteri drove a Ferrari 330 GTO to victory in the Coppa Sila Hillclimb in Italy.

1970, Dan Gurney, driving a Team McLaren M8D-Chevrolet, won the Can-Am race at St. Jovite, Quebec, Canada.

1992, Swiss F1 driver, Peter Hirt died. He drove for Ferrari and Veritas in his career.

2001, Louis Klemantaski, one of the world's greatest racing photographers, died at the age of 89.

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Posted 01 July 2003 - 00:52

June 29,

1907, Mongini and Zach covered 1,037 miles driving a Locomobile in winning the 24 hour race at the Hamline Avenue race track in the "Twin Cities" of Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota.

1923, A Fiat 803 won the 340 mile race at Brescia, Italy. This was the first European race won by a supercharged car.

1939, Jimmy Snyder died in accident during a Midget race at Cahokia, Illinois.

1952, Felice Bonetto won the Targa Florio in a Lancia Aurelia.

1957, Jimmy Bryant, drove the Offenhauser powered Dean Van Lines Special, to a win in the first Monza 500 "Race of Two Worlds". Giuseppe Bacciagaluppi, managing director of the raceway Autodromo Nazionale di Monza, staged the first race at his newly remodeled track, bringing the two racing "worlds" together with a match race between the top ten Indy Car drivers and the top ten Formula One drivers in the world. The Monza, as it was called, enjoyed its reputation for being Europe's fastest racetrack. However, the race did little to settle the dispute as to where the world's best drivers reside.

1959, Eddie Bierschwale was born.

1972, Page Jones, son of Parnelli Jones, was born.

1997, Automotive historian Griffith Borgeson died from a heart attack in France.

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Posted 01 July 2003 - 00:53

June 30,

1901, Guido Adami drove a 5.3L Panhard to victory in the Coppa Italia. This was the first road race of multiple laps consisting of 4 laps of 75 km each.

1930, NASCAR team owner, Don Miller was born.

1948, Grand Prix great, Achille Varzi died of natural causes.

1956, Alfredo "Dino" Ferrari, son of Enzo Ferrari, died at the age of 24 from muscular dystrophy.

1957, NASCAR racer Sterling Marlin born

1963, At Rheims, France it was Jim Clark setting the pace in his Lotus. He qualified on Pole and set fastest lap of the race on his way to winning the event in 2:10:54. Tony Maggs had a fine drive from his 8th starting position to finish second in his Cooper. Graham Hill was third in the BRM after starting second on the grid. His teammate, Dan Gurney was fourth, Jo Siffert 5th in the other Lotus and Chris Amon 6th in the Lola, this after starting 17th, even though he was 2 laps down at the end.

1970, Kelly Petillo died of natural causes.

1996, Gil de Ferran won the CART Indycar race at Burke Lakefront Airport in Cleveland, Ohio. This was the last win as an owner for Jim Hall, who retired at the end of the season

1996, Magny-Cours, France, Michael Schumacher sat on Pole for this one, but engine gremlins got the better of his Ferrari and he DNS’d. It was second place starter, Damon Hill who got the top spot in his Williams. Teammate Jacques Villeneuve was 2nd and also set fastest lap. Jean Alesi came home in 3rd in the Benetton. His teammate Berger was 4th. The McLaren drivers Hakkinen and Coulthard finished 5th and 6th respectively.

Non-Racing Related:

On this day in 1969, the last of 4,204,925 Ramblers was produced, ringing in the final hour for the storied car line. The Nash Rambler had originally been developed by George Walter Mason, after World War II when Mason realized before anyone else that the post-war "seller's market" would evaporate once the market was again saturated with cars. Mason foresaw the difficulty that independent car companies would experience once they were faced with head to head competition with the Big Three's massive production capabilities.

It was Mason's theory that to compete with the Big Three the independents needed to market a different product. He developed a number of smaller cars including the Rambler, the Nash-Healey (a collaboration with British Healey), and the Metropolitan. None of the cars managed to capture the American market. But years later, after Nash-Kelvinator and Hudson merged to become AMC, the Rambler finally caught on as a sub-compact car.

George Romney, Mason's protégé, coined the term "gas-guzzling dinosaur" to describe the Big Three's products. Romney led a personal ad campaign promoting the AMC Rambler as an efficient, reliable car. His campaign was immensely successful, and the Rambler single-handedly kept AMC alive during impossible times for independents.

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Posted 01 July 2003 - 01:13

June 30, 1974... John Leffler led initially in the Bowin P8, but it was Leo Geoghegan who ultimately won the ANF2 series round at Oran Park. On the same day, Ian Fergusson departed the race in a feiry fashion in his Bowin... this might have been his last ever race, but I'm not sure... the car was pretty badly burned. John McCormack's Charger trounced the field in the supporting sports sedan races.

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Posted 01 July 2003 - 07:03

July 1st

1979 :clap: :eek: :up: ;) :clap: :wave: :rotfl: :up: :up: :stoned: :rotfl: :love: :clap:
Dijon-Prenois... France... The RENAULT are on the front row with Jean-Pierre JABOUILLE and René ARNOUX (1st front row)... An Historic and unforgetable race.. A Turbo engine... And a Magician... Gilles VILLENEUVE is leading and fights hard with his FERRARI...JABOUILLE tries an attack...VILLENEUVE replies with autority... Confident in his engine power, JABOUILLE comes back and in the long pit straight is in the Canadian's gearbox... VILLENEUVE takes the inside line... JABOUILLE comes but on the outside line... They are side by side... They passes the last curve sign at over 170mph without slowing down... JABOUILLE jumped on the brakes only when he saw VILLENEUVE slowing down and passed the canadian outside... Clearded track, he digged the gap, dropping his efforts only when the gap was over 20''... But behind, Gilles VILLENEUVE is now the target for Rene ARNOUX and his RENAULT signing together their 1st fastest lap and flying back over the FERRARI... The most exciting duel of Formula One history is now starting... In pit's straight, ARNOUX attacks... Wheel blocked, VILLENEUVE has to leave the room to ARNOUX... One lap after, same place, VILLENEUVE acts exactly the same... ARNOUX reacts, in the following curves, both cars are bumping together and the drivers use more than the track width...Following Jean-Pierre JABOUILLE's RENAULT (signing together their 1st win), it's finally Gilles VILLENEUVE who wins the duel... Rene ARNOUX finishing 3rd for his 1st podium... JABOUILLE had to be extracted from the cockpit, and mechanics had to take off his helmet so hard was the race.. He didn't even gave a smile to the photographs.. VILLENEUVE and ARNOUX were laughing and congratulating each other for the huge battle they had... What Images, What a souvenir, what a combativity and fair-play lesson...Thanks guys...

1973 :up: :up:
Paul-Ricard ... France... Jackie STEWART (TYRRELL/FORD) is on pole ahead of Jody SCHECKTER (McLAREN/FORD) and Emerson FITTIPALDI (LOTUS/FORD)... Denny HULME (McLAREN/FORD) despite signing the fastest lap couldn't do anything against Ronnie PETERSON (LOTUS/FORD) signing his 1st win in front of Francois CEVERT (TYRRELL/FORD) and Carlos REUTEMANN (BRABHAM/FORD) signing his 1st podium

1951 :up:
Reims... France... Juan Manuel FANGIO (ALFA-ROMEO) is far on pole ahead of his team mate Nino FARINA and Alberto ASCARI (FERRARI)... Jose Friolan GONZALEZ (FERRARI) is 6th on grid short in front of Luigi FAGIOLI (ALFA-ROMEO)... FANGIO takes the lead... He is followed by FARINA, GONZALEZ, Luigi VILLORESI (FERRARI) and ASCARI... But with big electric problems, FANGIO stops... He is giving FAGIOLI's wheel who is 3rd behind ASCARI missing his pit entry and looses lot of time... And ASCARI who took GONZALEZ wheel after his engine broke... Afraid of running out of gas, ASCARI stops for refuelling and leaves FANGIO in lead... FANGIO took the time to secure a short pit stop... Signing the fastest lap, Juan Manuel FANGIO associated with Luigi FAGIOLI takes the win ahead the tandem Alberto ASCARI/Jose Froilan GONZALEZ... Luigi VILLORESi finishing 3rd... The wheel share allowed Luigi FAGIOLI to take his 1st win and Jose Froilan GONZALEZ his 1st podium

1947
Birth of Japanese Kazuyoshi HOSHINO who raced 2 Japan Gp in 76 and 77 (11th)... In 1992 he won Daytona 24h with a NISSAN... Japanese F3000 Champion in 1993, since 95 he keeps racing in Japanese Gt series and endurance...

1860 :cry:
Death of Charles Goodyear, who setted the tyre vulcanisation...

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Posted 01 July 2003 - 12:10

Back 24 years earlier... I remember i was jumping all around my Tv, banging in the walls, armchairs.. Shouting... :eek: :clap: :clap:
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Let's share that great moment again.... :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

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Posted 02 July 2003 - 06:46

JULY 1, 1956 - Winchester, Indiana...Eddie Sachs won the USAC Midwest Circuit Sprint Car feature on the high banked 1/2 mile paved Winchester Speedway.

1962 - Langhorne, Pennsylvania...A.J. Foyt drove a Offenhauser powered Meskowski to victory in the 100 mile USAC Championship race on the 1 mile dirt Langhorne Speedway.

1967 - Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada...Bobby Unser drove his Ford powered Eagle to victory in both heats of the USAC Championship race at Mosport Park.

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Posted 02 July 2003 - 07:02

July 2nd

1995
Magny-Cours.. France.. The BENETTON/RENAULT of Michael SCHUMACHER is stucked between the WILLIAMS/RENAULT of Damon HILL and David COULTHARD on the grid... But the WILLIAMS can't confirm... Pshed by SCHUMACHER, HILL is not able to dig any gap and after the 1st pit stop, SCHUMACHER takes the lead and signing the fastest lap flies away... Far in lead... He takes the win ahead of Damon HILL (25th podium) and David COULTHARD... A Gp which lethargy was broken by the skill of Jean ALESI (FERRARI) with his usual attacks...

1985 :cry:
An aerobatic plane PITTS Special crashes off the sea during training... On board was the English driver David PURLEY... 11 Gp between 1973 and 1977 (9th In Italy 73 with MARCH/FORD)... He started racing in 68 with an AC COBRA... Won 3 times F3 Gp of Chimay in 70,71, and 72.. Won Pau F2 Gp in 72... In 75 and 76 he raced F5000 (76 Champion)... In 77 and huge accident took him away from tarcks... Back in 78 with Porsche Series races, he entered Formula Aurora in 79... David PURLEY was honoured by the St George Medal when he tried to save Roger WILLIAMSON burning in his MARCH/FORD during the Dutch Gp in Zandwoort 73... Seeing the accident he stopped, and tried to put alone the car back on the wheels, tried to take off WILLIAMSON's belts but the fire appeared... David PURLEY took an extinguisher from a fear paralyzed marshall's hand.. Stopped the fire... While David PURLEY was starting boxing with the marshall who didn't want to approach the danger, fire was back... Rescue arrived from pits 8 minutes later... 8 minutes too late... The whole world followed that tragedy and the heroism of David PURLEY, sharing his sadness and his anger..

1978
Paul-Ricard.. France.. John WATSON (BRABHAM/ALFA-ROMEO) takes the pole for his 10th front row in front of the LOTUS/FORD of Mario ANDRETTI while Rolf STOMMELEN (ARROWS/FORD) was only 21st for his 50th Gp... Carlos REUTEMANN (FERRARI) signed the fastes lap... But Mario ANDRETTI took his 10th win ahead of his team mate Ronnie PETERSON and James HUNT (McLAREN/FORD)

1972 :up: (my 1st Gp)
Charade.. France... On that 'little Nurburgring' Chris AMON (MATRA) is on pole ahead of Denny HULME (McLAREN/FORD)... Jean Pierre BELTOISE (BRM) is last on grid for his 50th Gp...But on this track designed in the mountains and counting over 50 curves, it's Jackie STEWART (TYRRELL/FORD) who takes the win ahead of Emerson FITTIPALDI (LOTUS/FORD) and Chris AMON who signed the fastest lap...

1967
Le Mans... France... Graham HILL (LOTUS/FORD) signs his 10th pole in front of Jack BRABHAM (BRABHAM/REPCO) and Dan GURNEY (EAGLE/WESLAKE)... Graham HILL retired on lap 13 with transmission problems after signing the fastest lap... Win was taken by Jack BRABHAM followed by Denny HULME (BRABHAM/REPCO) and Jackie STEWART (BRM)...

1962
Death of Canadian Peter RYAN during a Formula Junior race in Reims... He hitted Bill MOSS's GEMINI and was ejected from the car... Peter RYAN raced 1 Gp in 1961 (9th USA with a COOPER/CLIMAX)... He also won non Championship Sundown and Canadian GPs with a LOTUS 23...

1961 :up: :up:
Reims... France... The FERRARI of Phil HILL, Wolfgang Von TRIPS and Richie GINTHER dominate the quals and are on the front row.. The 4th FERRARI is only 10th on grid, driven by a rookie, racing his 1st F1 race, Giancarlo BAGHETTI... The 3 FERRARI take easily the lead and fly away at Phil HILL's rythm signing the fastest lap... Behind follows a crowd composed of the LOTUS/CLIMAX of Jim CLARK and Innes IRELAND, the BRM of Graham HILL and Tony BROOKS and the PORSCHE of Dan GURNEY and Jo BONNIER... Soon joined by Stirling MOSS (who missed his start) and his LOTUS/CLIMAX... But track is covered with gravels... Driving very close, drivers are taking all those litlle stones in their radiators and BROOKS, Von TRIPS and GINTHER have to stop for overheating... Phil HILL in lead spins before running definitively out of the track... Giancarlo BAGHETTI takes over Dan GURNEY and takes his 1st win, Jim CLARK finishing 3rd... A Historic race where Giancarlo BAGHETTI is still today the only driver to win a F1 Gp for his 1st appearance...

1950
Reims... France... The 3 F (Juan Manuel FANGIO, Nino FARINA and Luigi FAGIOLI) and teir ALFA-ROMEO are again on the front row... With engine problems, FARINA couldn't fight for the win and while Juan Manuel FANGIO wins ahead Luigi FAGIOLI, the 3rd place was Peter WHITEHEAD (FERRARI) who started last but took over everybody and finished 3 laps behind the 2 ALFA-ROMEO for his 1st podium...

1932
Birth of French Jacques POLLET who raced 5 Gp in 54 and 55 with GORDINI (7th Monaco 55)

1911
Birth of British Reginald 'Reg' PARNELL who lined up in 7 Gp between 1950 and 1954 (3rd Great Britain 1950 with ALFA-ROMEO)... He started in 1935 with MG... International Trophy winner in 51, he won non championship New-Zealand and Dunedin Gp in 57... ASTON MARTIN Team manager in 58 he died from peritonit in 1964...

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Posted 03 July 2003 - 07:17

July 3rd

1982 :up:
Zandwoort... Holland... Elio De ANGELIS (LOTUS/FORD) is 15th on grid for his 50th Gp... Patrick TAMBAY (FERRARI) for his 50th Gp is 6th... Pretty far from the RENAULT of René ARNOUX and Alain PROST celebrating his 10th front row... On start PROST takes the lead and turns 1st in front of ARNOUX, Didier PIRONI (FERRARI) and TAMBAY... The FERRARI is in good shape and PIRONI takes over ARNOUX, and then PROST before flying away... 10 laps after start, race seems to be done... PIRONI is leading ahead of PROST, ARNOUX, TAMBAY, Nelson PIQUET (BRABHAM/BMW) and Keke ROSBERG (WILLIAMS/FORD)... With turbo problems, TAMBAY must drop for PIQUET and ROSBERG... PIQUET took over ARNOUX and was coming back over PROST when the french missed a curve... ARNOUX lost a wheel and escaped from a huge crash... Mid race, PIQUET takes over PROST... Anyway the RENAULT engine bursted a few minutes later... It's an easy win for Didier PIRONI ahead of Nelson PIQUET and Keke ROSBERG... Derek WARWICK and team TOLEMAN celebrating together their 1st fastest lap...

1977 :up:
Dijon-Prenois.. France... Mario ANDRETTI (LOTUS/FORD) is on pole in front of the McLAREN/FORD of James HUNT... Vittorio BRAMBILLA (SURTEES/FORD) is 11th for his 50th Gp he will finish last on 13th position, 3 laps behind the winner Mario ANDRETTI (fastest lap too) short ahead from John WATSON (BRABHAM/ALFA-ROMEO)... James HUNT finishing 3rd...

1966 :up: :up:
Reims... France... Jim CLARK is not present.. During practice, a bird hitted his helmet and an eye is hurted... It's the 1st pole for Lorenzo BANDINI (FERRARI) ahead of John SURTEES (COOPER/MASERATI) and the 1st front row for Mike PARKES (FERRARI)... With overheatin problems, The COOPER/MASERATI of SURTEES, Jochen RINDT, Jo SIFFERT, Guy LIGIER and Chris AMON have to leave the fight between the BRABHAM/REPCO of Jack BRABHAM - Denny HULME and the FERRARI of BADINI - PARKES... BANDINI leading and signing the fastest lap has to stop fos asking a piece of wire to the marshalls beside the track as his accelerator command is broken... 10 laps to fix it, back on track he tries to pull PARKES to the lead but it's too late... Jack BRABHAM wins with only 9'' ahead of Mike PARKES (1st podium)... Denny HULME is 3rd for his 1st podium and already 2 laps behind...

1935
Birth of André Citroen... French car Builder... His company is still well present in WRC

1914
Birth of American Carl SCARBOROUGH who raced 2 Indianapolis Gp in 1951 and 1953 (12th with a KURTIS-KRAFT/OFFENHAUSER)... He was killed in race at Clarkston in 1953...

1861
A letter is sent from New-York to San-Francisco... Don't know how many Horse power but that was Pony-Express :rotfl:

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Posted 03 July 2003 - 21:21

Originally posted by fvebr
July 3rd

1935
Birth of André Citroen... French car Builder... His company is still well present in WRC

Somethings wrong here: André Citroën was on the payroll for Mors before WW1 already...!

Originally posted by fvebr
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1914
Birth of American Carl SCARBOROUGH who raced 2 Indianapolis Gp in 1951 and 1953 (12th with a KURTIS-KRAFT/OFFENHAUSER)... He was killed in race at Clarkston in 1953...

Scarborough died on May 30 in, you've guessed it, Indianapolis, through asphyxiation and extreme fatigue suffered during the Indy 500.

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Posted 04 July 2003 - 00:38

Originally posted by fines

Somethings wrong here: André Citroën was on the payroll for Mors before WW1 already...!......


Indeed, he died about 1941 or so...

We've heard about infant genii, but nothing quite like that!

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Posted 04 July 2003 - 07:15

Originally posted by Ray Bell


Indeed, he died about 1941 or so...

We've heard about infant genii, but nothing quite like that!



My goof....

Was meaning André Citroen's Death in 1935 (not 1941)....

For a few days i thought nobody was reading... Take it like a test :o

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Posted 04 July 2003 - 07:30

July 4th

1993
Magny-Cours... France... Damon HILL (WILLIAMS/RENAULT) signs his 1st pole in front of his team mate Alain PROST... Ayrton SENNA (McLAREN/FORD) for his 150th Gp is 5th and Aguri SUZUKI (FOOTWORK/MUGEN-HONDA) is 13th for his 50th Gp...A race witouh problems for the WILLIAMS/RENAULT finishing far in lead with the fastest lap and the win for Alain PROST (100th podium) ahead of Damon HILL and Michael SCHUMACHER (BENETTON/RENAULT)...

1976 :up:
Paul-Ricard.. France... James HUNT (McLAREN/FORD) is on pole ahead Niki LAUDA's FERRARI for his 25th front row... On 24th position, Henri PESCAROLO (SURTEES/FORD) starts his 50th Gp.. He will stop with a broke suspension 19 laps from start... Niki LAUDA couldn't figh for the win as his engine bursted just after he offererd FERRARI their 75th fastest lap... James HUNT takes the win in front of Patrick DEPAILLER (TYRRELL/FORD) and John WATSON (PENSKE/FORD) 3rd for his 1st podium

1973
Birth of Danish Jan MAGNUSSEN who raced 25 Gp between 1995 en 1998 (6th in Canada 1998 with a STEWART/FORD)...He raced Indy in 1999 and keeps on track in Endurance ALMS series with PANOZ and in Danish Touring car Series

1971 :up: :up:
Paul-Ricard.. France... The Hat Trick for Jackie STEWART (TYRRELL/FORD)... Starting on pole ahead of the FERRARI of Clay REGAZZONI and Jacky ICKX, he signs the fastest lap and takes the win while ICKX bursted his engine and REGAZZONI had an accident... Leaving the 2nd place to Francois CEVERT (1st podium) offering TYRRELLE the 1st of a long serie of doubles... Emerson FITTIPALDI (LOTUS/FORD) taking the 3rd step of the podium...

1960
Birth of Austrian Roland RATZENBERGER.. He liend up in 3 Gp in 1994 with the SIMTEK/FORD... 11th for his 2nd Gp in Aida... He started in Formula Ford in 86 and after 3 years of good results in F3 he went to Japan for Gt series and F3000 Championship until 1993 with some appearances in endurance... The Aieron of his car went away during Imola practices in 1994.. Roland RATZENBERGER's too brief career was violently stopped by the rails...

1954 :up: :up:
Reims... France... The profiled MERCEDES (1st pole) of Juan Manuel FANGIO and Karl KLING (1st front row) are ahead of the MASERATI of Alberto ASCARI... The MERCEDES took the lead followed by Jose Froilan GONZALEZ (FERRARI)... ASCARI retiring after the 1st lap... At a hell rythm, it's an engine disaster for the 10 first laps... 8 cars already out... Untouchables, the MERCEDES leaved far behind the battle for the 3rd place between Robert MANZON (FERRARI) and Prince BIRA (MASERATI)... Hans HERRMANN and MERCEDES signed together their 1st fastest lap but soon a blue smoke went from the engine... The german retired on lap 16... Exchanging the lead or passing side by side.. It's finally Juan Manuel FANGIO for his 10th win who offers MERCEDES their 1st win... Karl KLING 2nd for his 1st podium finished in FANGIO's wheel... Robert MANZON 3rd was 1 lap behind...

1948 :up: :up:
Birth of French Rene ARNOUX who lined up in 164 Gp between 1978 and 1989... 7 Wins, 22 Podiums, 18 poles, 34 front rows and 12 fastest laps... He was 3rd at 1983 Championship with the FERRARI.. He impressed for his 1st ace in F2 at Nogaro and results were great from 75 til 77 (F2 Champion)... He still enjoys ice racing and he launched Pedro Paulo DINIZ in F1... Ha also manage a bunch of Kart Tracks...Maybe one of the greatest push hard driver of Formula 1... Rene ARNOUX is with Gilles VILLENEUVE the co-author of the most fantastic struggle of formula one history... Remember... It was July 1st 1979... Dijon... For an anthologic podium....

1938
Birth of South African Ernest 'Ernie' PIETERSE who lined up in 3 South African Gp with a LOTUS/CLIMAX in 62 (10th), 63 and 65

1933
Birth of Brit William 'Bill' MOSS who didn't qualify his COOPER/CLIMAX at Aintree in 1959

1927
Birth of American James 'Jim' McWITHEY who raced 2 Indianapolis Gp in 1959 (16th with a KURTIS-KRAFT/OFFENHAUSER) and 1960

1926
Birth of German Wolfgang SEIDEL who lined up in 12 Gp between 1953 and 1962 (9th in Italy 1960 with a COOPER/CLIMAX)... He finished 2nd at Reims 12h with Phil HILL in 57, 3rd at Sebring with Jean BEHRA in 58 and won Targa Florio with Jurgen BARTH in 59... Died in 1987

1918
Birth of American John 'Johnnie' PARSONS who raced the 9 Indianapolis Gp from 1950 until 1958 (Win and Fastest lap in 1950 with a KURTIS-KRAFT/OFFENHAUSER).. This very popular character with his impressive palmares in american series left us in 1984....

1907
Birth of German Ernst LOOF who retired with his VERITAS for his unique Gp (Germany 1953)... In 1930-1938 he was 8 times German Motorcycle Champion... In 54 he Rallied a BMW.. Ernst LOOF died of Cancer 1956...

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Posted 04 July 2003 - 10:17

A bit of catch up here...

JULY 2, 1932 - Syracuse, New York...Bob Carey won the AAA Championship race on the 1 mile dirt oval at the New York State Fairgrounds. Carey was driving a Miller/Stevens.

1973 - Indianapolis, Indiana...David "Swede" Savage died of pneumonia while in hospital being treated for burns suffered in a crash during the 'Indianapolis 500' on May 30th. Savage, 26, of San Bernardino, California, began racing motorcycles including the revival of Speedway racing at tracks in Southern California like Trojan Speedway in South Gate. Attracting the attention of no less than Dan Gurney, Savage became Gurney's protege at All-American Racers. Savage primarily drove Trans-Am and Champ Cars, but also competed in Formula 5000 and drove a few NASCAR races. Savage scored a Champ Car win in 1970 at Phoenix, but soon left AAR and his career took a pronounced downturn after receiving serious head injuries when his F5000 car hit a concrete wall at Ontario Motor Speedway during the 'Questor Grand Prix'.

JULY 3, 1927 - Montlhery, France...Robert Benoist drove a Delage 155B to victory in the ACF Grand Prix on the Montlhery circuit. Benoist finished 8 minutes, 41 seconds ahead of Edmond Borlier with Andre Morel finishing 3rd in a Delage sweep.

1960 - Salem, Indiana...Don Branson continued his domination of the USAC Midwest Sprint Car circuit in the Bob Estes #4 car, winning the 30 lap feature on the high banked 1/2 mile paved Salem Speedway. Branson's win gave him 4 in the 5 rounds held to that point.

1965 - Rossburg, Ohio..."Red" Riegel drove to victory in the 30 lap USAC Sprint Car feature on the high banked 1/2 mile dirt Eldora Speedway. The win was the 3rd of the year for the Pennsylvania driver.

1966 - Rossburg, Ohio...Don Branson won the 30 lap USAC Sprint Car feature at Eldora Speedway.

1977 - Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada...A.J. Foyt drove a Coyote-Foyt to victory in the USAC Championship race on the Mosport Park circuit.

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Posted 04 July 2003 - 17:17

Originally posted by fvebr
July 4th

1907
Birth of German Ernst LOOF who retired with his VERITAS for his unique Gp (Germany 1953)... In 1930-1938 he was 8 times German Motorcycle Champion... In 54 he Rallied a BMW.. Ernst LOOF died of Cancer 1956...

350cc Champion in 1931, 1932 and 1934 - I make that 3 titles. Can you tell me which others he won? [I thought I was complete on post-1927 Champions...]

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Posted 04 July 2003 - 17:23

Originally posted by Jim Thurman
JULY 3, 1927 - Montlhery, France...Robert Benoist drove a Delage 155B to victory in the ACF Grand Prix on the Montlhery circuit. Benoist finished 8 minutes, 41 seconds ahead of Edmond Borlier with Andre Morel finishing 3rd in a Delage sweep.

Hey Jim, you have to improve your handwriting! :D

Delage 15S8 as in 1.5-litre straight-8! Repeat that 15 times... :lol:

#821 Jim Thurman

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Posted 04 July 2003 - 22:09

Originally posted by fines

Hey Jim, you have to improve your handwriting! :D

Delage 15S8 as in 1.5-litre straight-8! Repeat that 15 times... :lol:


No, not my handwriting...it's my eyesight that's going ;) I got that from Peter Higham's book.

Oh well, I thought it was a bit late to try and make that out, I wasn't sure and now I know :lol:

Next time I'll leave it at Delage :lol:

Thanks for confirming one of the variations I thought I saw, and pointing out which was correct.


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Posted 04 July 2003 - 22:20

Originally posted by rdrcr

1948, Grand Prix great, Achille Varzi died of natural causes.

1970, Kelly Petillo died of natural causes.


Surprised no one mentioned this one yet. Varzi died after an accident during practice for the Swiss GP.

I can add that Kelly Petillo died in Los Angeles, IIRC, from emphysema.

Originally posted by Jim Thurman
JULY 2, 1973 - Indianapolis, Indiana...David "Swede" Savage died of pneumonia while in hospital being treated for burns suffered in a crash during the 'Indianapolis 500' on May 30th.


To correct an earlier entry which had this listed on, IIRC, June 2.


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Posted 07 July 2003 - 07:09

Originally posted by fines

350cc Champion in 1931, 1932 and 1934 - I make that 3 titles. Can you tell me which others he won? [I thought I was complete on post-1927 Champions...]


Didn't really search yet.... Read that on darren's site... Will search later... But getting in lack of time before holidays....

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Posted 08 July 2003 - 02:11

Again, some more catching up here. As you might expect, the 4th is a busy day for racing in the U.S. (and I haven't even included a plethora of Sprint, Midget and Stock Car races! ) :

JULY 4, 1907 - St. Louis, Missouri...Bob Burman drove a Jackson to victory in a 24 hour race on a 1 mile dirt track (I don't have absolute confirmation as to which track this took place on, but it would seem to be the Maxwellton Track).

1911 - Bakersfield, California...Harvey Herrick drove a National to victory in the AAA sanctioned 'Bakersfield Road Race' on public roads around Bakersfield.

1913 - Columbus, Ohio...Ralph Mulford drove a Mason to victory in a 200 mile race on the 1 mile dirt Columbus Driving Park. Eddie Rickenbacker made his AAA debut.

1914 - Sioux City, Iowa...Eddie Rickenbacker drove his Duesenberg to victory in the 300 mile inaugural race on the 2 mile dirt Sioux City Speedway. It was the first AAA win for Rickenbacker.

1914 - Tacoma, Washington...Earl Cooper drove a Stutz to victory in a 250 mile 'Montamarathon Trophy Race'.

1915 - Tacoma, Washington...Grover Ruckstell drove a Mercer to victory in a 250 mile race on the 2 mile board Pacific Coast Speedway. The race was marred by the death of "Wild" Billy Carlson and his mechanic Pete Frazer.

1916 - Minneapolis, Minnesota...Ralph DePalma drove a Mercedes to victory in a 150 mile race on the 2 mile concrete Twin City Speedway.

1917 - Omaha, Nebraska...Ralph Mulford drove a Hudson to victory in the 150 mile AAA Championship race on the 1.25 mile board Omaha Speedway. Dave Lewis drove a Hoskins to victory in a 50 mile race.

1922 - Tacoma, Washington...Jimmy Murphy won the 250 mile AAA Championship race on the 2 mile board Pacific Coast Speedway. The race was the final one for the board track.

1927 - Salem, New Hampshire...Pete DePaolo drove a Miller to victory in the 200 mile AAA Championship race on the 1.25 mile board Rockingham Speedway. Wade Morton drove an Auburn to victory in a 100 mile Stock Car race.

1931 - Tipton, Pennsylvania...Lou Moore drove a Miller to victory in the 100 mile AAA Championship race on the board Altoona Speedway.

1937 - Montlhery, France...Louis Chiron drove his Talbot T150C to victory in the 'Grand Prix de ACF' on the Montlhery circuit.

1947 - Atlanta, Georgia...Walt Ader won the AAA Championship race on the 1 mile dirt Lakewood Speedway. The race was called after 77 laps. It was the only Champ Car win for Ader.

1952 - Raleigh, North Carolina...Troy Ruttman won the 200 mile AAA Championship race on the 1 mile paved Southland Speedway.

1957 - Atlanta, Georgia...George Amick won the 100 mile USAC Championship race on the 1 mile dirt Lakewood Speedway.

1957 - Raleigh, North Carolina...Paul Goldsmith returned to the NASCAR Grand National circuit in triumphant fashion, driving his Smokey Yunick Ford to victory in the 'Raleigh 250' on the 1 mile paved Raleigh Speedway.

1958 - Atlanta, Georgia...Jud Larson drove to victory in a tragic 100 mile USAC Championship race on the 1 mile dirt Lakewood Speedway. Arizonan Art Bisch hit the guardrail and rolled over on lap 37, suffering injuries that would claim his life two days later.

1962 - Daytona Beach, Florida..."Fireball" Roberts drove Banjo Matthews' Pontiac to victory in the NASCAR Grand National 'Firecracker 250' at Daytona International Speedway. It was Roberts 3rd win of the season, all on the 2.5 mile Daytona tri-oval.

1967 - Daytona Beach, Florida...Cale Yarborough drafted past Dick Hutcherson on the final lap, going on to take the Wood Brothers Ford to victory in the NASCAR Grand National 'Firecracker 400' at Daytona International Speedway.

1972 - Daytona Beach, Florida...Vince Gimondo drove a Chevrolet Camaro to victory in the NASCAR Grand American 'Paul Revere 250' on the combined 3.81 mile oval/road course at Daytona International Speedway. Tom Nehl was 2nd and Jimmy Capps was 3rd, also in Camaros.

1982 - Cleveland, Ohio...Bobby Rahal scored the first CART victory of his career by winning the inaugural 'Cleveland Grand Prix' on a temporary course at the Burke-Lakefront Airport.

whew!

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Posted 08 July 2003 - 06:25

:lol:

whew! Well done JIM that 4th july is sure a busy day for you GUYS.


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Posted 09 July 2003 - 22:27

Originally posted by eldougo
:lol:

whew! Well done JIM that 4th july is sure a busy day for you GUYS.


Thanks Doug...and that was without posting a huge number of Stock and Sprint events! :eek:

Seems fair enough for me to tackle the 4th after abdicating Memorial Day (and all of it's Indy 500 entries) to Richard :)


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Posted 09 July 2003 - 23:27

Still catching up, my apologies for the delayed posting...

JULY 5, 1909 - Denver, Colorado...Eaton McMillan drove a Colburn to victory in a 290 mile 'Stock Free for All' race over a 14.5 mile public road course.

1912 - Tacoma, Washington...The first 'Montamara Fiesta Road Races' were held over a 3.5 mile course of city streets. Eddie Pullen drove a Mercer to victory in the 150 mile 'Medium Car race', Earl Cooper drove a Stutz to victory in the 150 mile 'Medium-Heavy Car race' and Teddy Tetzlaff won the 200 mile 'Heavy Car' race in a Fiat.

1915 - Omaha, Nebraska...Eddie Rickenbacker drove a Maxwell to victory in a 300 mile race on the 1.25 mile Omaha Speedway board track.

1915 - Tacoma, Washington...Eddie Pullen drove a Mercer to victory in 200 mile 'Golden Potlatch Trophy' race on the 2 mile board Pacific Coast Speedway.

1937 - Old Westbury, New York...Bernd Rosemeyer drove an Auto Union to victory in the 'Vanderbilt Cup' race.

1954 - Darlington, South Carolina...Manuel Ayulo drove a Kuzma-Offy to victory in the 200 mile AAA Championship race at Darlington Raceway. It was the first Champ Car win of Ayulo's career.

JULY 6, 1912 - Tacoma, Washington...Teddy Tetzlaff drove a Fiat to victory in the 250 mile 'Free for All' race that wrapped up the 'Montamara Fiesta Road Races'.

1952 - Rouen, France...Alberto Ascari continued the Ferrari domination as he drove to an easy win in the 'Grand Prix de A.C.F.' on the Rouen circuit. Ascari, Giuseppe Farina and Piero Taruffi took the front row, Taruffi's 3rd quickest time still 2 full seconds ahead of the first non-Ferrari (Jean Behra's Gordini). Ascari jumped into an immediate lead of the start, with Farina following as Taruffi had a poor start and fell to 4th. By lap 4, Taruffi passed Robert Manzon's Gordini for 3rd and the Ferraris began drawing away. In the end, Ascari finished a lap ahead of Farina with Taruffi another lap back in 3rd.

1969 - Castle Rock, Colorado...Gordon Johncock drove an Eagle-Ford to victory in the USAC Championship 'Rocky Mountain 150' on the Continental Divide Raceway road course.

JULY 7, 1957 - Rouen, France...Juan Manuel Fangio drove a Maserati to victory in the Formula 1 'Grand Prix de A.C.F.' on the Rouen circuit. Fangio crossed the finish line 50.8 seconds ahead of Luigi Musso's Ferrari. Peter Collins was 3rd, also in a Ferrari.

1968 - Carpentersville, Illinois...Mark Donohue drove his Roger Penske Camaro to an easy victory in the SCCA Trans-Am race on the 3.27 mile Meadowdale International Raceway. The only time Donohue gave up the lead was when he made his pit stop in the 250 mile event. Peter Revson finished nearly a lap behind in an AMC Javelin and Sam Posey, in a second Penske Camaro, finished 2 laps back in 3rd after starting 20th following a practice crash. 11 minutes into the race, George Follmer tangled with Jerry Titus' Mustang on a fast turn, sending Titus limping pitward for repairs that dropped him from contention. Follmer continued, running near the front when his Javelin wound up hitting a guard rail after the motor blew on lap 52. Protests were filed by both drivers and Follmer was disqualified, even though placed 18th. Tony Adamowicz charged back from early mechanical troubles to win the Under 2 Liter class in a Porsche 911, finishing 5th overall. A crowd of over 25,000 turned out despite heavy rain until minutes before the grid was formed.

1968 - Castle Rock, Colorado...A.J. Foyt drove his Coyote-Foyt to victory in the USAC Championship 'Rocky Mountain 150' at Continental Divide Raceway.

1968 - Rouen, France...Jacky Ickx drove a Ferrari to victory in the Formula 1 'French Grand Prix' on the Rouen circuit. On the 3rd lap, tragedy struck as Jo Schlesser crashed the debuting air-cooled Honda RA302 on the downhill run to Nouveau Monde. The car overturned and burned with fatal results to Schlesser. Ickx went on to take the checkered flag for his first championship GP win 2 minutes ahead of John Surtees' Honda with Jackie Stewart a lap back in 3rd. Vic Elford made his championship GP debut with Cooper.

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Posted 10 July 2003 - 04:35

JULY 8, 1962 - Rouen, France...Dan Gurney and Porsche scored their first Formula 1 wins as Gurney drove home first in the 'Grand Prix l'A.C.F.' on the Rouen circuit. Graham Hill jumped into the lead on the start, and shortly he and John Surtees began pulling away from the field. Surtees pitted his Lola with fuel problems after 13 laps, returning in 8th and moving Jim Clark to 2nd. Hill was 22 seconds ahead at the start of lap 30, but after lapping Jack Lewis approaching the Nouveau Monde hairpin, apparent brake failure on Lewis' car caused him to ram Hill, sending the B.R.M. spinning. Hill resumed, but Clark was now in the lead. Clark's lead was short lived however, as he brought the Lotus into the pits and retirement with a front suspension problem just 4 laps later. Hill had built his lead to 25 seconds with 12 laps to go when the B.R.M.'s engine died at the hairpin due to a fuel injection problem. Hill re-started but could only creep around and Gurney swept by to take the lead and go on to the win. Tony Maggs finished 2nd, a lap behind in a Cooper with Richie Ginther's B.R.M. another lap back in 3rd.

1984 - Cleveland, Ohio...Danny Sullivan captured his first career CART win by coming home first in the 'Cleveland Grand Prix' on the Burke-Lakefront Airport circuit. Sullivan was driving the Team Shierson Lola-Cosworth.

JULY 9, 1915 - Burlington, Iowa...Bob Burman drove a Peugeot to victory in a 100 mile AAA sanctioned race on the 1/2 mile dirt oval at the Burlington Fairgrounds, the first documented auto event held there.

1933 - Spa, Belgium...Tazio Nuvolari drove a Maserati 8CM to victory in the Grand Prix of Belgium. Nuvolari averaged 88.95 mph for the 40 laps around the 9.236 mile circuit. Achille Varzi finished 3 minutes, 15 seconds behind, driving a Bugatti T51 with Rene Dreyfus finishing 3rd in another Bugatti T51. Nuvolari turned the fastest lap of the race, 6 minutes flat.

1967 - Trenton, New Jersey...Outdueling Darel Dieringer in a race long battle, Richard Petty drove his Plymouth to victory in the NASCAR Grand National 'Northern 300' on the 1 mile paved Trenton Speedway. The crowd of 19,500 was thrilled for most of the race as Petty and Dieringer dueled for the lead in heavy traffic. The lead swapped 8 times among Petty, Dieringer and Jim Paschal, with Paschal leading for only 1 lap. Petty took the lead for good on lap 254 and led the rest of the way, crossing the line 28 seconds ahead of Dieringer's Junior Johnson Ford. Paschal wound up 3rd, 3 laps back in the Tommy Friedkin Plymouth. It was Petty's 61st career GN win.

1972 - Gainesville, Georgia...George Follmer drove Roger Penske's Porsche 917/10 to victory in the Can-Am Sports Car race on the Road Atlanta circuit.

1972 - Spielberg, Austria...Emerson Fittipaldi won pole, turned fastest race lap and won the Formula 2 championship 'Jochen Rindt-Rennen' on the Osterreichring circuit. Fittipaldi's Lotus 69 finished 16 seconds ahead of Mike Hailwood's Surtees TS10 (I also have that an Interserie round was also held...anyone have any info on it?).

1977 - Watkins Glen, New York...Jacky Ickx and Jochen Mass teamed in a Porsche 935 to win the Sports Car championship 'Watkins Glen 6 Hours'. The winners finished 3 laps ahead of another 935, this one driven by the team of George Follmer and Brett Lunger.

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Posted 10 July 2003 - 06:24

:wave:

JULY 5, 1909 - Denver, Colorado...Eaton McMillan drove a Colburn to victory in a 290 mile 'Stock Free for All' race over a 14.5 mile public road course. I have never heard of a COLBURN would some one have an details about this car.

______________________________________________________

:) 1968 - Rouen, France...Jacky Ickx drove a Ferrari to victory in the Formula 1 'French Grand Prix' on the Rouen circuit. This was the 1st F1 car to win with a wing if iam not mistaken. :up:

#830 Jim Thurman

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Posted 11 July 2003 - 21:58

Originally posted by eldougo
:wave:

JULY 5, 1909 - Denver, Colorado...Eaton McMillan drove a Colburn to victory in a 290 mile 'Stock Free for All' race over a 14.5 mile public road course. I have never heard of a COLBURN would some one have an details about this car.

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:) 1968 - Rouen, France...Jacky Ickx drove a Ferrari to victory in the Formula 1 'French Grand Prix' on the Rouen circuit. This was the 1st F1 car to win with a wing if iam not mistaken. :up:


On the Colburn...all I could turn up was that it was manufactured in Denver by Herbert "Bert" Colburn, apparently until 1910.

Doug, correct on the bottom one. Thanks for pointing that out :up:

Now to catch up again...


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Posted 11 July 2003 - 22:21

JULY 10, 1925 - Laurel, Maryland...A 250 mile AAA Championship race inaugurated the 1.125 mile board Baltimore-Washington Speedway. Originally, the win was given to Bob McDonough, but a scoring re-check showed Pete DePaolo as the actual winner. The track had turns banked at 48 degrees.

1977 - Estoril, Portugal...Arturo Merzario drove an Alfa Romeo T33SC/12 to victory in the World Sports Car Championship 'Costa del Sol Grand Prix' on the Estoril circuit. Vittorio Brambilla finished 2nd and the Spartaco Dini/Giorgia Francia entry was 3rd to give Alfa a 1-2-3 sweep. Alfa had won all five rounds to date in the '77 season.

JULY 11, 1907 - Chicago, Illinois...Charles Coey drove a Thomas Flyer to victory in a 24 hour race on the 1 mile dirt Harlem Race Track.

1937 - Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium...Rudolf Hasse drove his Auto Union to victory in the Belgian Grand Prix. Hasse averaged 104.42 mph for the 315.8 miles around the 9.29 mile circuit of public roadways. Hans Stuck finished 2nd, also in an Auto Union and Hermann Lang was 3rd in a Mercedes-Benz W125.

1967 - Oxford, Maine...Bobby Allison drove the J.D. Bracken Chevrolet to victory in the NASCAR Grand National 'Maine 300' on the 1/3 mile paved Oxford Plains Speedway, as the annual GN Northern Tour continued. Allison's 4th win of the season would prove costly as it would lead to him losing his ride in Cotton Owens factory backed Dodge. Wanting to run the Northern tour events that Owens was skipping, Allison returned to the seat of the Bracken Chevy, a car he'd driven to two early season wins before accepting the Owens ride. Allison said Owens gave his approval, but apparently when word of his victory in a Chevy got to Dodge officials, they did not approve. In the race, Allison finished a lap ahead of Richard Petty's Plymouth with Jim Paschal 3rd, 3 laps back in the Friedkin Enterprises Plymouth. Pole winner James Hylton finished 4th in the Bud Hartje Dodge, also 3 laps back. 10,000 fans were on hand in threatening weather.

1972 - Eureka, California...Hershel McGriff won the 100 lap NASCAR Grand National West race on the 3/8 mile dirt Redwood Acres Raceway. Trailing McGriff's Plymouth at the finish was Dick Bown, also in a Plymouth.

1972 - Malta, New York...1970 NASCAR Grand National champ Bobby Isaac drove his Dodge to victory in a 90.5 mile NASCAR Grand National East race on the 1/3 mile paved Albany-Saratoga Speedway. Neil "Soapy" Castles finished 2nd, also in a Dodge. The NASCAR Grand National East division was created for short tracks dropped from the GN schedule after the 1971 "shakeout". It lasted for two seasons.

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Posted 11 July 2003 - 23:54

July 11, 1993, Davey Allison drove to third place at the first Winston Cup Loudon New Hampshire race, coming close to winning in his last ever Nascar Winston Cup event. The next day, he sustained fatal head injuries while landing his helicopter at the Talladega Motor Speedway in Alabama, from which he died on July 13.

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Posted 11 July 2003 - 23:57

Originally posted by eldougo
:wave:


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:) 1968 - Rouen, France...Jacky Ickx drove a Ferrari to victory in the Formula 1 'French Grand Prix' on the Rouen circuit. This was the 1st F1 car to win with a wing if iam not mistaken. :up:



The French GP was held on July 7, 1968, and I'm surprised you've left out that French driver Jo Schlesser was killed in his first F1 race.

JH

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Posted 12 July 2003 - 00:02

Doug hasn't learned how to quote yet, so you can't tell he's quoting from Jim... and in Jim's post he did mention Schlesser's fatal crash.

The date was correct too... just didn't carry over in what eldougo copied and pasted.


Doug, give me a ring some time and I'll drop in to see you next Sunday.

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Posted 12 July 2003 - 22:44

Originally posted by Jim Thurman

July 9

1972 - Spielberg, Austria...Emerson Fittipaldi won pole, turned fastest race lap and won the Formula 2 championship 'Jochen Rindt-Rennen' on the Osterreichring circuit. Fittipaldi's Lotus 69 finished 16 seconds ahead of Mike Hailwood's Surtees TS10 (I also have that an Interserie round was also held...anyone have any info on it?).



The Interserie race at the Osterreichring was won by Howden Ganley driving the 8.1-litre BRM-Chevrolet P167. Despite finishing the race on seven cylinders, Ganley was almost 19 seconds ahead of runner-up Willi Kaushen's 5.0-litre Porsche 917/10 t/c.

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Posted 17 July 2003 - 22:01

I see there is a little catching up to do… :wave:

July 10,

1918, Grand Prix driver, Fred Wacker was born in the U.S.

1924, Giulio Alfieri, the mechanical engineer responsible for the Maserati 250F and Tipo 60/61, born in Parma, Italy.

1928, Alessandro de Tomaso was born in Italy.

1935, All-round driving great, Vic Elford was born.

1946, F1 driver, Jean-Peirre Jarier was born.

1955, Jerry Hoyt died in crash during a sprint car race at Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

1957, Sterling Moss and project manager George Eyston sailed on board the Queen Mary from England toward the US, where they will attempt class Land Speed Record runs for MG.

1965, Jim Clark sat on Pole in the lotus for the British GP at Silverstone. Graham Hill sat next to him in his BRM. He set fastest lap and followed Clark across the finish line 3.2 seconds to the arrears. Surtees was third in his Ferrari after starting 5th, Mike Spence was fourth in another Lotus, Stewart fifth in his BRM and Dan Gurney was 6th in his Brabham, 1 lap down.

1966, Allan Moffat drove a Lotus-Cortina to victory in the Bryar 250 Trans-Am race.

1988, Silverstone, England, Gerhard Berger put his Ferrari on Pole but could do no better then 9th at he finish. It was Ayrton Senna in his McLaren starting 3rd crossed the line 23 seconds ahead of fastest lap man, Nigel Mansell in the Williams who drove all the way up from 11th on the grid. Nannini was 3rd in the Benetton, after starting 8th. Gugelmin was 4th in his March, Piquet was 5th after starting 7th and Derek Warwick was sixth in the Arrows after starting 9th.

1994, Damon Hill set the pace at this running of the British GP again at Silverstone. From Pole, he set fastest lap to win in a time of 1:30:03. Ahead of Jean Alesi in his Ferrari over 1 minute behind. Hakkinen was third in the McLaren, Barrichello in the Jordan was 4th after starting 6th, and Coulthard in the other Williams was 5th after starting 7th. Picking up the last point was Ukyo Katayama in the Tyrrell.

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1907, A post office--a sign of permanent settlement--was established on this day in 1907 at the north end of Tampa Bay, Florida, serving a settlement that would become Oldsmar, Florida, a planned community financed by Oldsmobile icon Ransom Eli Olds.

When Olds purchased 37,500 acres from Richard Peters in 1913, only a few settlers occupied the territory. Olds already owned a house on the Atlantic coast of Florida in Daytona Beach, and the Gulf Coast offered the cheap coastal land he needed for his development project. He originally dubbed his new town “R.E. Olds-On-The-Sea,” but thankfully someone suggested he change its name to Oldsmar shortly thereafter. Olds spent $400,000 on purchasing the land, but he would go on to pour in over $4 million to develop the settlement. Having already started the Oldsmobile and REO companies, the planned community was the fifty-two-year-old Olds’ final challenge.

He financed the construction of miles of extra-wide roads and paved sidewalks, and built a comprehensive water system--a difficult project in Florida’s lowland aquifer. Olds encouraged farming in his new town, and in the meantime, went about trying to attract other forms of business and entrepreneurial spirit, spending $100,000 on an oil well that unfortunately never yielded anything but sulphurous water. Olds saturated Detroit with advertisements for his idyllic new town, hoping to lure thousands of autoworkers to the better climate. In expectation of their arrival, Olds constructed shoddy houses with poor plumbing systems. Few workers came, as Olds had never been popular with his workers. Unable to attract a labor force, Olds realized he would have trouble convincing companies to move to Oldsmar. His nearest success came when he provided financial backing to the Kardell Truck Company provided it move to town, but the venture proved unsuccessful. Oldsmar remained a sleepy fishing and farming town--with nice roads.

In 1923 Olds had millions invested in Oldsmar. When he realized the town wasn’t going to grow, he attempted to liquidate his assets, selling parcels of land and a nearly finished racetrack. He left the town having incurred over $3 million in losses. Olds had envisioned a city of 100,000 inhabitants, but when he abandoned Oldsmar, he left behind only 200 permanent residents.

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July 11,

1922, Grand Prix and sportscar driver, Fritz Riess was born in Nuremberg, Germany.

1925, The first race was held at Baltimore-Washington Speedway board track in Laurel, Maryland.

1941, Singular GP event driver for Lotus, Clive Puzey was born in Bulawayo, Rhodes.

1943, Famed GP and Sportscar driver, Rolf Stommelen was born in Germany.

1964, In the British GP at Brands Hatch, Jim Clark in his Lotus had another great fight with Graham Hill. They qualified 1 – 2 on the grid and Clark set fastest lap to keep ahead of Hill and his BRM, he finished a scant 2.8 seconds ahead of him at the finish. Surtees was third in the Ferrari 1:20 behind the winner, Jack Brabham was 4th in his own car 1 lap down, Lorenzo Bandini was 5th in his Ferrari and Phil Hill picked up the last point in his Cooper. Even though he was 2 laps down at the end, he had a good drive from 15th on the grid where 14 cars finished.

1967, Franco Lini offered Jackie Ickx a spot on the Ferrari F1 team. He turned them down, only to sign on later in the year.

1971, Pedro Rodriguez died when his Ferrari 512M crashed while leading the Interseries race at the Norisring in West Germany.

1993, This time at Silverstone for the British GP, it was Alain Prost in his Williams on Pole and won in a time of 1:25:38. Michael Schumacher was second in his Benetton after starting 3rd. Riccardo Patrese was 3rd in the other Benetton. Johnny Herbert was 4th in the Lotus 1 lap down, Senna 5th in his McLaren, and Warwick 6th in the Footwork car.

1999, Silverstone once again, Mika Hakkinen sat on Pole and set fastest lap but lost a wheel on lap 35 that put him off… His teammate, Coulthard went on to win after starting 3rd. Michael Schumacher was second on the grid but DNS of course due to his leg injury. Williams driver, Ralf Schumacher finished 3rd after starting 8th, HHF, was 4th in the Jordan, his teammate, Damon Hill followed him across the line and Pedro Diniz was 6th in the Sauber.

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July 12,

1899, Luigi Storero won a race at Piacenza, Italy.

1904, Driver Harry Harkness won the first Mount Washington, New Hampshire, hillclimb race driving a sixty-horsepower Mercedes Benz on this day in 1904. The earliest ascent of Mount Washington in an automobile occurred in 1899, but the aptly named "Carriage Road" had been carrying coaches to the top of Mount Washington since 1861.

1922, Baron von Tuna drove a Mercedes 6/25/40. It was their first supercharged production car to be raced in a hillclimb event. The Baron drove to a second place finish in that hillclimb in the Black Forest of Germany.

1930, Racer, car builder, and team owner, Guy Ligier was born.

1949, NASCAR team owner, Rick Hendrick was born.

1958, A 21 year old Richard Petty drove in his first NASCAR stockcar race, a convertible series race at Columbia, South Carolina. He finished sixth.

19??, Denny Hulme won the Watkins Glen Can-Am race in a McLaren M8D. The Chaparral 2J "sucker car" debuts with Jackie Stewart at the wheel. The 2J retires after 22 laps with a brake failure.

1992, Eddie Lawson won the 500cc motorcycle Hungarian Grand Prix to give Cagiva their first GP victory.

1987, Nigel Mansell over came his teammate Nelson Piquet, setting fastest lap in the process to win the British GP at Silverstone. The William’s drivers were the class of the field as Ayrton Senna was 3rd, one lap down in his Lotus. His teammate, Satoru Nakajima had a great drive from 12th to finish 4th, albeit 2 laps down from the winner. Derek Warwick was 5th in the Arrows, another great drive from 13th and Teo Fabi 6th in his Benetton.

1992, At the British GP at Silverstone, Nigel Mansell scored his 28th Formula One win at the British GP at Silverstone, putting himself third on the all-time F1 win list and became the winningest British Grand Prix driver. He also set fastest lap and sat on Pole for the race. His teammate Riccardo Patrese finished 2nd, 39 seconds back. Martin Brundle was 3rd in the Benetton, his teammate, Schumacher was 4th. McLaren driver Gerhard Berger was 5th and Mika Hakkinen was 6th in his Lotus.

1998, Once again at Silverstone, Michael Schumacher won over Pole-sitter, Mika Hakkinen by setting fastest lap after starting 2nd. His Ferrari teammate, Irvine came in 3rd. 1 lap down was, Alexander Wurz in 4th with his Benetton and his teammate Fisichella was 5th. Ralf Schumacher was 6th in the Jordan, a great drive after starting 21st.

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July 13,

1914, AAA, USAC and GP driver at Indianapolis, Sam Hanks was born in America.

1918, Alberto Ascari was born in Milano Italy.

1924, Enzo Ferrari, with mechanic Eugenio Siena, drove an Alfa Romeo RLSS to victory in the first Coppa Acerbo road race.

1940, Sportscar driver, Chris Cord was born.

1957, F1 driver, Thierry Boutsen was born.

1968, Al Unser Sr. won his first USAC National Championship race, a 100 mile night race on the dirt in Nazareth, Pennsylvania.

1969, David Pearson, averaged just over 121 mph, and won the 300 mile NASCAR Grand National race at Trenton, New Jersey. This was the first race on the new 1.5-mile dogleg track.

1974, F1 driver, Jarno Trulli was born in Pescara, Italy.

1980, Alan Jones won the British GP at Brands Hatch in his Williams. Piquet was 2nd in his Brabham, Carlos Reutemann 3rd in the other Williams, Derek Daly 4th in the Tyrrell with his teammate, Jarier in 5th. Prost picked up the last point in 6th. Pole-sitter and fastest lap man Didier Pironi was out on lap 63 with a wheel problem on his Ligier.

1986, Brands Hatch again, Williams driver, Nelson Piquet sat on Pole but it was his teammate Mansell that took the top spot on the podium. Setting fastest lap, Mansell finished 5.5 seconds ahead of Piquet at the finish. Prost was 3rd, Arnoux 4th and the Tyrrell drivers; Brundle and Streiff took 5th and 6th respectively.

1989, Off-road racer Evan Evans was paralyzed in a road accident.

1993, NASCAR driver Davey Allison dies one day after crashing the helicopter he was piloting on the infield of the Talledega Superspeedway in Talledega, Alabama. Hard to believe it’s been ten years already.

1993, Single event, British GP driver, Leslie Thorne died.

1997, At the British GP at Silverstone, Jacques Villeneuve won from Pole in his Williams with a race time of 1:28:01. The Benettons’ of Alesi and Wurz came 2nd and 3rd. Coulthard was 4th in his McLaren, Ralf Schumacher 5th in the Jordan and Damon Hill was sixth in the Arrows.

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1995, The Chrysler Corporation opened a car dealership in downtown Hanoi, Vietnam. One week later, Chrysler opened another dealership in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, with the intention of marketing 200 import vehicles per year through the two dealerships.

The openings were a part of Chrysler’s long-term goal of implementing auto production in Vietnam--something that rivals Ford and Toyota were also pursuing at the time. On September 6, Chrysler received permission from the Vietnamese government to assemble vehicles in Vietnam, allowing Chrysler to construct a production facility in Dong Nai Province, Southern Vietnam, with the aim of manufacturing 500 to 1,000 Dodge Dakota pick-up trucks for the Vietnamese market annually.

Chrysler Vice-President of International Operations Tom Gale stated, “We’re taking a very long term view with our program in Vietnam. Southeast Asia is a significant market on our international growth strategy, so it is vital to establish a foothold there now. Since it is a young market, it will take several years before we can produce at capacity level.” Chrysler planned to achieve production of 17,000 vehicles annually in three car types: the Neon, the Dakota, and the Jeep Cherokee. Of the significant hang-ups faced by the foreign car companies attempting to set up shop in Vietnam was the Vietnamese government’s refusal to give up the rice pastureland for the construction of new production facilities. The American car companies also met resistance from some Vietnam veterans groups, but Chrysler held that it would not have gone forward with their move unless they thought it met with the nation’s approval.

On this issue, Gale said, “By starting business here we feel we’re helping the healing process. We have consulted with veterans groups and the U.S. government. Some feel it’s time to move on. Many of the veterans groups support American investment in Vietnam as an outlet to increase access to the country.” Projections showed that by the year 2000 the car market in Vietnam would increase to 60,000 vehicles sold annually. The crash of the Asian market in 1998 would limit those projections considerably.

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#840 Jim Thurman

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Posted 17 July 2003 - 22:05

Sorry again for the delay and the catch-up, but I've been very busy finishing up a project...

Milan, thanks for the info on the Interserie round at Osterreichring :up:

JULY 12, 1957 - Charlotte, North Carolina...Marvin Panch took the lead from Speedy Thompson with 65 laps to go and then held off a late charge by Buck Baker to win the 100 mile NASCAR Grand National race on the 1/2 mile dirt Southern States Fairgrounds oval. Tiny Lund won the pole in a Pontiac, but was first car out of the race when a gas line broke. Thompson started outside row 1 and led the first 25 laps before giving way to Jack Smith. With the exception of Lee Petty leading one lap, Smith held the top position until his Chevy broke a transmission on the 117th lap. Thompson then regained the lead until Panch took over on lap 135. Panch took his Ford across the line 2 seconds ahead of Baker's Chevy with Petty's Oldsmobile 3rd as Thompson faded late, finishing 4th, 1 lap back in his Chevy. It was Panch's 4th win of the season.

1969 - Nazareth, Pennsylvania...Mario Andretti drove a Kuzma-Offy to victory in the 100 mile USAC Championship race on the 1.125 mile (well, not really) dirt Nazareth National Speedway.

JULY 13, 1947 - Bainbridge, Ohio...Defending AAA champ Ted Horn scored the first AAA Championship win of his career by taking the rain shortened race on the 1 mile dirt Bainbridge Fairgrounds oval. The race was stopped after 90 of the scheduled 100 miles due to a cloudburst. Horn averaged 85.70 mph in his Offy powered Horn.

1952 - West Allis, Wisconsin...Marshall Teague drove his Hudson Hornet to victory in the 150 mile AAA Stock Car race on the 1 mile dirt oval at the Wisconsin State Fairgrounds. It was Teague's 3rd straight AAA Stock win.

1968 - Nazareth, Pennsylvania...Al Unser won the 100 mile USAC Championship race on a dusty, hot night at Nazareth Speedway. It was the first USAC Championship race run at night. When the green flag fell more than an hour late, A. Unser passed first time pole winner Billy Vukovich going into turn 1 and that was it. Unser pulled away as the crowd's attention focused on hometown favorite Mario Andretti battling Vukovich. Andretti finally got by on the 71st of 89 laps, bringing a thunderous reaction from the home crowd. Poor track conditions, especially visibility problems from the dust minimized passing on the 1.125 mile track. They finished in that order near Midnight with temperatures still in the 80's. It was Al's first career Champ win on a closed course (having won the Pike's Peak hillclimb in '65). Al's older brother Bobby was one of the few drivers to advance positions, moving from 12th starting to 7th. Bobby left maintaining a healthy points lead over Lloyd Ruby. Ruby caused jaws to drop by driving his turbocharged Offy rear engined pavement car instead of the traditional upright dirt car, qualifying 5th in the 18 car field. But, sitting about a yard lower than the rest of the drivers, Ruby's visibility was much worse. In addition, Ruby had to deal with the turbocharger kicking in at times and bogging down at others. Ruby drove straight in the corners, where the dirt cars had an advantage, but did his passing coming off the turns and was master of the long backstraight. Ruby was running 7th on lap 15 when his suspension failed and he brushed the wall, bringing out the only yellow of the race. Ruby's crew chief John Laux said: "We changed the steering slowing it down a bit, jacked up the suspension and put a dirt guard on the nose. The rest was all Ruby." Laux added they'd like to try it again, but in better track conditions.

1968 - Watkins Glen, New York...Mark Donohue drove his Roger Penske McLaren-Chevy to a convincing victory in the 200 mile U.S. Road Racing Championship race on the Watkins Glen circuit. Donohue won the pole and led every lap on the 90 degree day in scoring his 4th USRRC win in 7 '68 rounds. Early on, Sam Posey and John Cannon battled for 2nd until Cannon's McLaren-Chevy lost nearly all of it's oil on the backstretch on lap 10. A leak in the oil pan gasket was the culprit and Cannon shut the engine off and coasted to the pits for 40 minutes worth of repairs. Lothar Motschenbacher moved into 3rd, only to retire his overheating McLaren M6B-Ford just 3 laps later. Posey retired his Caldwell DFB-Chevy on lap 21 with what Posey described as "a whole raft of things". Posey's retirement moved '66 USRRC champ Chuck Parsons to 2nd ahead of teammate Skip Scott, winner of the previous round at Kent, Washington. Scott's turn to join the front runners drinking the iced tea brought to the pits by Posey's mother came on lap 28, when his Lola Mk. 3-Chevy broke a water line, spraying the cockpit with hot water. When the checkered fell, Donohue was about to lap Parsons for the second time. Parsons' Lola Mk. 3-Chevy was 2nd and George Eaton's Ford Weslake powered McLaren M3 was 3rd, 4 laps back. A crowd of nearly 20,000 was on hand in the sweltering heat. As soon as possible after the race, Donohue climbed from his car, slumped against a fence and began drinking a bottle of pop before having the Penske crew pour a gallon of water over him. Donohue's time for the race was 1 hour, 41 minutes, 46 seconds for an average speed of 117.97 mph.

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July 14,

1907, GP driver, Francisco Landi was born in Brazil.

1945, Open-wheel racer, Tom Klausler was born.

1946, Tazio Nuvolari drove a Maserati to victory in the Grand Prix of Pau for his first post-WWII win.

1951, Ferrari scored their first F1 win when Froilan Gonzales won the British GP at Silverstone, England.

1957, GP and sportscar driver, Bill Whitehouse died.

1957, GP and sportscar driver, Herbert MacKay-Fraser died.

1973, Peter Revson, driving a McLaren-Cosworth, wins the British Grand Prix, his first F1 win.

1974, Jaki Schecter, nephew of F1 racer Jody Schecter, was born.

(NOTE: There was a raft of GP’s at Silverstone – time doesn’t allow for the entries at the moment)… Fevbr, are you out there?

1996, Adrian Fernandez won his first CART race, at Toronto, Canada. Tragedy stuck however, as Jeff Krosnoff and corner marshal Gary Avrin were killed in an accident late in the race.

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1955 Volkswagen introduced the Karmann-Ghia coupe at the Kasino Hotel in Westfalia, Germany. As the European car market finally recovered from the war, Volkswagen felt that it needed to release an “image car” to accompany its plain but reliable “Bugs and Buses.” Volkswagen was not the only automotive company looking for a flagship car at the time. Chevrolet had released the Corvette, and Ford the Thunderbird. The Chrysler Corporation had contracted with the Italian design firm Ghia to create designs for a Chrysler dream car; however, none of the designs came to fruition.

Meanwhile, Volkswagen had contracted with German coach-builder Karmann for their own image car, and Karmann, in turn, had sub-contracted to Ghia for design offerings. Eventually Ghia supplied Karmann with a version of their Chrysler design, modified for the floor plane of the Volkswagen Beetle. The Karmann-Ghia was released as a 1956 model by Volkswagen. The car’s sleek lines and hand craftsmanship attracted the attention Volkswagen had hoped for.

Nevertheless, as sporty as the Karmann-Ghia looked, it suffered from its thirty-six-horsepower flat four engine in the area of power. Still, the Karmann-Ghia sold 10,000 units in its first full production year ,and with the release of the convertible in 1958, production reached 18,000 units for one year. Sales climbed steadily through the 1960s, peaking at 33,000 cars per year. While General Motors and Ford focused on their Corvette and Thunderbird, respectively, Volkswagen found that the Bug had increased in popularity, especially in the U.S. market. Executives decided to focus their marketing attention on the Bug, abandoning the Karmann-Ghia, which was last produced in 1974.

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July 15,

1906, Rudolf Uhlenhaut, Mercedes racing Technical Director in the '30s and '50s, was born in England.

1914, GP driver, Birabongse Bhanuban was born in Thailand.

1928, USAC and Indy GP driver, Elmer George was born.

1929, GP driver, Ian Stewart was born in Great Britain.

1960, Sportscar driver, Wayne Taylor was born.

1961, Wolfgang von Trips won the British Grand Prix, at Aintree. This was his final GP win.

1972, NASCAR great Fonty Flock died in Atlanta, Georgia, after a long illness.

1973, Bobby Rahal drove a Lola T290 to victory in the SCCA sportscar race at Blackhawk Farms.

1990, Riccardo Patrese started his 200th F1 Grand Prix.

1990, Nigel Mansell announced his retirement from Formula One, but he didn’t follow through with the claim.

1996, The one millionth Porsche rolled off the assembly line.

1900,

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1939 Carl Fisher, the founder of both the Indy 500 and Miami Beach, died in Miami at age 65. Born in Greensburg, Indiana, Fisher grew up racing cars and bicycles and aspired to be a successful inventor.

He turned out to be a better businessman than an inventor, and left his first imprint on the business world when he partnered with Fred Avery, who held the patent for pressing carbide gas into tanks. Together, they manufactured car headlamps as the Presto-O-Lite Corporation. By 1910, six years after starting the business, Fisher was a multimillionaire. He bought land and built a track in Indianapolis, paving the track with local brick. By offering the largest single day purse in sport, Fisher guaranteed interest in his epic 500-mile race, and in less than five years “Indy” had become one of the premier car races in the world. In 1915, Fisher led the development effort for the Lincoln Highway, the nation’s first continuous cross-continental highway from New York to California. Later, in the 1920s, Fisher developed the Dixie Highway, a road that ran from Michigan to Miami.

Fisher fell in love with Miami, and in 1910 he bought a house there. It became his project to develop Miami Beach into a city. Fisher gave $50,000 of his own money to complete the longest wooden bridge in the state, stretching between Miami and Miami Beach. At that time Miami Beach was wild, and Fisher set about cleaning up the beach. He built lavish facilities near the water and invited the rich and famous to check out his creation. The Florida land bust of 1926 and the subsequent stock market crash of 1929 left Fisher penniless, and he lived in a small home on Miami Beach until his death.

(More British GP’s forthcoming when time allows)

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July 16,

1928, Indy car racer Jim Rathman was born.

1946, Lealand McSpadden was born.

1950, America's (AMA?) first motorcycle road race held at the Marine base airfield in Santa Monica, California. Could this really be correct?

1955, Stirling Moss won his first Grand Prix race, the British Grand Prix in Aintree, driving a Mercedes Benz W196. Moss is considered the greatest racer that never won a World Driving Championship, having finished second to Juan Manuel Fangio for four consecutive years. Most impressive is Moss's record of having won 16 of 66 Grand Prix starts and 194 of his 466 starts in major events. Moss was born September 17, 1929, in London, England. His father, a dentist, had competed in the Indy 500 in 1924 and 1925.

Moss began his racing career, against his parents' wishes, in 1946 as a driver for Cooper in the Formula 3 division. He solidified his reputation by posting successful results in hill-climbing events.

By 1950 Moss had become one of the favorites in Grand Prix racing, and it is often said that his results would have been better had he not insisted on racing British cars whenever possible. "Better to lose honorably in a British car than to win in a foreign one," he was once heard saying.

But his loyalty to British cars also accounted for some of Moss's finest moments. At the Italian Grand Prix in Monaco in 1961, Moss entered an under-powered Lotus, presumably no match for the faster Ferraris in the field. When out ahead early against the Ferraris, Moss gambled that the Ferrari drivers would be confident in catching him late in the race. By lap eighty-one, leading Ferrari driver Richie Ginther had made up most of the ground that he'd yielded to Moss early on, but Moss had held something in reserve. Just when it seemed inevitable that Ginther would pass, Moss held him at bay for a dramatic victory.

Moss's career effectively ended with a crash at Goodwood in 1962 that left him partially paralyzed on his left side. He rehabilitated himself to make an astonishing comeback in May of the following year at a private session at Goodwood, where Moss rounded the track for nearly thirty minutes, pulled in and declared, "I'm retiring."

1962, Scott Atchison was born.

1969, The first test of Dodge Charger Daytona stockcar took place at the Chrysler proving grounds.

1972, Leo Kinnunen won the Hockenheim, Germany round of the Interserie driving a Porsche 917/10.

1977, The Renault RS01 Turbo, appeared for the first time in an F1 event, at the British Grand Prix.

2000, At the A1 Ring in Austria, McLarens were 1 – 2 on the grid. Mika Hakkinen won from Pole with David Coulthard setting fastest lap and coming in 2nd. Barrichello, 3rd, Villeneuve 4th, Button 5th in the Williams, Salo 6th in his Sauber. 4th place qualifier, M. Schumacher crashed with Trulli and Fisichella at the start, putting them all out.

(More British GP’s forthcoming when time allows)

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July 17,

1912, GP driver, Erwin Bauer was born in Stuttgart, Germany.

1923, John Cooper, builder of the first mid-engined F1 and Indy racers, was born in Kingston, Surrey, England.

1927, The Nurburgring hosted the German Grand Prix for the first time. This was the second German GP ever held.

1941, Last Offenhauser engine (midget engine SN 101) was shipped before US entered into WWII.

1952, Crosley, who made the Hotshot roadster, cease automobile production.

1964, Donald Campbell, the son of Britain’s most prolific landspeed record holder, Sir Malcolm Campbell, drove the Proteus Bluebird to a four-wheel, gasoline-powered landspeed record with two identical runs of 403 miles per hour at Lake Eyre, South Australia. Campbell contracted rheumatic fever as a child while accompanying his father to South Africa for the elder Campbell’s assault on the 300 miles per hour barrier. The fever nearly cost Campbell his life, and reshaped his childhood, confining him to a wheel chair for almost three years. Young Campbell lived in his father’s dark shadow, as Sir Malcolm was said by some to be a proponent of tough love, and by others to be a cruel-hearted disciplinarian. Whatever the case, the relationship between father and son was strained with Malcolm, expecting too much from his son, and Donald avoiding the expectations as best he could. With the breakout of World War II Donald seized his chance to live up to his father by signing up for the Royal Air Force (RAF)--Malcolm had flown in World War I. But he was refused when the RAF learned of his history of rheumatic fever. Instead Donald became a constable in England. Meanwhile, his father was a successful military attaché in the Middle East. Donald recalls the trying time, “It appeared I was something of a failure. The Old Man was doing a real job of work and here I was playing policemen and getting into bloody silly accidents.” The “accident” was a motorcycle crash with a truck that Donald suffered while on duty. After the war, Sir Malcolm continued to pursue speed records until his death. It wasn’t until after his father had passed away that Donald considered pursuing speed records. When it became known his father’s water speed record was in danger, Donald asked his father’s long time chief mechanic and close family friend, Leo Villa, to help him set a new mark. It was his chance at redemption. Donald had trouble raising money for his pursuit as his father had left nearly his entire estate to his future grandchildren. Donald raced his father’s old boat for nearly six years before breaking his first water speed record. He broke 200 miles per hour, a barrier man thought unbreakable on water and then proceeded to raise the mark to over 260 miles per hour. His single-minded quest for records left behind two failed marriages.

Progressively more ambitious, Donald set his sights on the more prestigious landspeed record. He crashed badly, nearly dying, in his first attempt in the Proteus Bluebird at the Bonneville Salt Flats. After undergoing physical rehabilitation and the struggle to raise money for a new car body, he was ready to try to break the 400 miles per hour mark again. Many, including some of his crewmembers, thought the crash had ruined his nerves. Donald appeared to be driving too cautiously. But when American Craig Breedlove set an unofficial record of 404 mph in a rocket car, Donald knew he had to act. His record run at Lake Eyre, in the face of so many doubters, was his defining moment. Still he wasn’t satisfied. Worried by Breedlove’s record and his father’s ghost, he decided to go for the double, holding both land and water speed records at once. Months later on Lake Dumbleyung in Western Australia, Donald tested his own limits for the last time. “Full power… tramping like hell… I can’t see much and the water’s very bad indeed. I can’t get over the top… I’m getting a lot of bloody row in here… I can’t see anything.. I’ve got the bows up… I’ve gone.” …His last words.

1978, After two decades of racing Chrysler products, Petty Enterprises bought a Monte Carlo stockcar from Cecil Gordon.

1994, Mario Andretti started his 400th Indycar race, and finished fifth.

1995, Five-time Grand Prix driving champion Juan Manuel Fangio died of pneumonia and liver failure.

#845 Ray Bell

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Posted 17 July 2003 - 22:27

The Bluebird wasn't 'gasoline powered'...

You had the name of the engine, the 'Proteus' from Bristol (IIRC), it was a gas turbine engine which drove through the wheels.

Also, his last words weren't on Lake Dumbleyung, which I feel sure attracted his attention more than just 'months' after the dreadful Lake Eyre. Over a year? I could be wrong...

It was, however, on Coniston Water that he made his final, fateful run...

#846 Jim Thurman

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Posted 17 July 2003 - 23:08

JULY 14, 1917 - Minneapolis, Minneapolis...Ira Vail and Reeves Dutton captured a pair of AAA races on the 2 mile concrete Ft. Snelling Speedway. Vail drove his Hudson to victory in a 100 mile race, averaging 96.28 mph while Dutton won a 50 mile race, averaging 97.27 mph in his Stutz. Interestingly, it was the only career AAA win for both drivers.

1957 - Lehi, Arkansas...Marvin Panch drove the Herb Thomas Pontiac to victory in the 200 mile NASCAR Grand National race on the 1.5 mile dirt Memph-Ark Speedway. Paul Goldsmith led the first 36 laps before Curtis Turner took over in a convertible (the race was open to both Grand National and Convertible division entries) and Goldsmith's Yunick Ford blew the engine on lap 38. Turner's Holman-Moody Ford led until Jack Smith moved by on lap 72. Smith had the race well in hand until his Chevy blew it's engine, prompting a disgusted Smith to announce his retirement after the race (he would return within a couple of weeks!). Panch held off the challenge of Oregon's Bill Amick to take the win. Blinding dust caused many in the estimated crowd of 9,500 to leave half-way through and caused two caution periods that lasted a total of 56 minutes while the track was watered. The dust cautions were the only yellow flags. The race proved to be the finale for the track, which still sits idle in the Arkansas countryside, near an Interstate highway.

1957 - Portland, Oregon...Eddie Pagan drove his Ford to victory in the 100 mile NASCAR Grand National/Pacific Coast Late Model race on the 1/2 mile paved Portland Speedway. Lloyd Dane finished 2nd in his Ford with 1954 NASCAR national Sportsman champ Danny Graves 3rd in a Chevy, both 2 laps back. It was Pagan's 3rd win of the season, keeping him in 20th place in the GN standings despite only running the West Coast races to that point (Pagan later went down South, finished his driving career on the West Coast and then returned South to form the noted chassis building Hutcherson-Pagan Enterprises with retiring driver Dick Hutcherson).

1957 - Reims, France...American driver Herbert Mackay-Fraser, coming off a promising debut with BRM in the A.C.F. GP the week before, died in a crash during the 'Coupes des Vitesses' Formula Two race on the Reims circuit. Originally from Connecticut, Mackay-Fraser had done much of his driving in Sports Cars for Lotus after moving to England.

1972 - Islip, New York...For the second straight NASCAR Grand National East race, Bobby Isaac and Neil Castles finished 1-2 in their Dodges, this time in a 60 mile race on the 1/5 mile paved Islip Speedway.

JULY 15, 1967 - Islip, New York...Benefitting from incidents striking the leaders, Richard Petty drove the Petty Enterprises Plymouth to victory in the NASCAR Grand National 'Islip 300'. The race was 300 laps on the 1/5 mile paved Islip Speedway, that's right 300 laps on a 1/5 mile paved oval! . James Hylton was leading when he spun on lap 183 and Bobby Allison was on his way to victory when he collided with Wendell Scott with 20 laps to go and had to pit for repairs. Petty wound up winning by 3 laps over Hylton's Hartje Dodge.

1967 - Silverstone, England...For the 5th time in 6 years, Jim Clark won the Formula 1 British Grand Prix. Clark and Graham Hill moved out front immediately with Jack Brabham the only other driver to stay with the Lotus pair. Brabham's teammate Denis Hulme had to recover from a poor start, but found his way back into the fray by lap 9. Hill and Brabham shuffled 2nd as Clark pulled away. Hill's run was spoiled when a rear suspension bolt fell out on lap 55, causing the Lotus' right rear wheel to lean at an angle. Hill got to the pits where a new bolt was put in, though Hill fell to 7th on the stop and retired 10 laps later with engine trouble. Clark eased his pace and went on to cross the line 12.8 seconds ahead of Hulme with Chris Amon's Ferrari finishing 3rd, an additional 3.8 seconds behind Hulme.

1972 - Dartford, England...Emerson Fittipaldi emerged winner of the Formula 1 British Grand Prix on the Brands Hatch circuit. After making good starts, Fittipaldi and Jacky Ickx drove side-by-side into Paddock Bend with Jean-Pierre Beltoise making a great start to move his BRM into 3rd. As Ickx and Fittipaldi pulled away, running nose to tail, a queue bunched up behind Beltoise. It was inevitable that someone would get by Beltoise, and on lap 7 Jackie Stewart moved by and set sail after Ickx and Fittipaldi. When the lead duelers got into lapped traffic on lap 20, it was all Stewart needed to join the battle. When Fittipaldi went wide under braking at Druids, Stewart capitalized and moved into 2nd. Fittipaldi fought back and regained the spot 11 laps later while in traffic approaching Druids. The lead trio ran nose to tail until Ickx pulled the Ferrari into the pits and into retirement with low oil pressure from a broken oil cooler on lap 49. Eventually, Fittipaldi was able to open up a bit of a gap, and at the finish, his Lotus was 4.1 seconds ahead of Stewart's Tyrell with Peter Revson finishing 3rd in a McLaren.

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Posted 18 July 2003 - 00:10

JULY 16, 1922 - Strasbourg, France...Felice Nazzaro came out of retirement as a driver and took his Fiat 804 to victory in the 8th A.C.F. Grand Prix. The race was held for the first and only time on an 8.3 mile circuit of public roadways around Strasbourg. Nazzaro covered the 60 laps, 498 miles in 6 hours and 17 minutes, for an average of 79.198 mph. Nazzaro finished a bit more than 58 minutes ahead of runner-up Pierre de Vizcaya's Bugatti T30. Nazzaro's win was marred by the death of his nephew Biagio, who died when his Fiat broke an axle and crashed on the final lap. It was the second A.C.F. Grand Prix win for the veteran Nazzaro, having won the 2nd running 15 years earlier in 1907.

1967 - Kent, Washington...Mark Donohue easily won the USRRC Sports Car race on the 2.25 mile Pacific Raceways road course, lapping the field and clinching the '67 title in the process. It was the 5th win in 6 USRRC races for Donohue, driving Roger Penske's Lola-Chevrolet.

1967 - Pleasanton, California...Scotty Cain won a dust shortened NASCAR PCLM race on a rough 1/2 mile dirt oval at the Alameda County Fairgrounds. The race was marred by a 10 car pile-up on the backstretch that saw 4 cars destroyed by fire, among them the Mercury driven by road racing standout Ed Leslie. Fortunately, no one was seriously injured. The race resumed, but approaching darkness and the deteriorating track conditions led to it being stopped near half distance.

1972 - Brooklyn, Michigan...Taking the lead when Mel Kenyon ran out of fuel just 2 laps from the finish, Joe Leonard won the Championship portion of the USAC 'Twin 200s' on the 2 mile banked Michigan International Speedway. The race was marred by an accident that left Merle Bettenhausen badly injured and cost him his right arm. Merle was making his Indy Car debut. Merle lost control coming out of turn 2 on lap 4, his Kingfish-Offy hit the guard rail and burst into flames before continuing to slide along the metal rail. Bobby Unser, who won the pole at a then Auto Racing record of 199.778 mph, had handling troubles with his Eagle-Offy and lost the lead to Gordon Johncock on lap 2. Johncock began pulling away until smoke trailed from the Offy engine in his McLaren, sending him to the pits on lap 17. Johncock's crew changed an oil line and he returned, but was never in contention again. Johncock's troubles gave the lead back to B. Unser. B. Unser was nearly 10 seconds ahead of Mario Andretti when the Eagle came coasting to the pits on lap 62 with a broken connecting rod bolt. This moved Andretti out front in one of the Vel's Parnelli "superteam" cars. Andretti lost the lead when making his mandatory pit stop, but soon ran down Mel Kenyon to re-take the lead on lap 75. But just 4 laps later, Andretti pulled his Parnelli-Offy behind the pit wall with a broken ring and pinion gear. Kenyon was again out front, the Midget ace was looking for his first Indy Car win with Vel's-Parnelli team member Joe Leonard running 2nd. Leonard's crew wasn't sure if Kenyon had made his mandatory stop, but with 7 laps to go and Leonard 4 seconds back, he was given the "go" sign. Leonard tried closing on Kenyon, but was still 2 seconds back with 2 to go when Kenyon's Eagle sputtered in turn 2. Leonard zipped by and Kenyon's car coasted slowly to a stop between turns 3 and 4 as the former Motorcycle star took the checkered flag. Wally Dallenbach finished 2nd in a Lola-Ford with Kenyon credited with 3rd. Merle Bettenhausen did recover from his injuries and race Midgets for a few years.

1972 - Brooklyn, Michigan...Ramo Stott won the USAC Stock Car portion of the 'Twin 200s' at Michigan International Speedway.

1972 - Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin...Graham McRae drove his Leda GM1-Chevrolet to victory in the Formula 5000 'Road America Grand Prix' on the 4 mile Road America circuit. McRae led home Sam Posey by 12 seconds to win Heat 1 and finished 2nd to Skip Barber's March 711 in Heat 2 to take home the overall win on time aggregate.

1972 - Trenton, New Jersey...Bobby Allison drove the Richard Howard Chevrolet Monte Carlo to victory in the NASCAR Grand National 'Northern 300' on the unique, peanut-shaped 1.5 mile Trenton Speedway.

1977 - Silverstone, England...James Hunt drove a McLaren to victory in the Formula 1 British Grand Prix. Hunt finished 18.3 seconds ahead of Niki Lauda in a Ferrari with Gunnar Nilsson finishing another 1.2 seconds back in a Lotus.

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Posted 18 July 2003 - 00:38

JULY 17, 1926 - Hammonton, New Jersey...A series of races were held on the 1.5 mile board Atlantic City Speedway, a track that featured turns banked at 45 degrees. Harry Hartz drove a Miller to victory in the featured mile race while Hartz, Norman Batten and Fred Comer won 60 mile 'Sprint' races, all in Millers. Hartz averaged 128.66 mph in winning his 60 miler, the fastest average of the events.

1927 - Nurburg, Germany...Otto Merz led a Mercedes sweep in the German Grand Prix, a Sports Car event. The 2nd running of the German GP marked the first run on the new Nurburgring circuit. Merz covered the 316.1 miles in 4 hours, 59 minutes, averaging 63.31 mph. Christian Werner and Willy Walb finished 2nd and 3rd, also in Mercedes. Finishing 4th was Elizabeth Junek in a Bugatti.

1932 - Nurburg,Germany...Rudi Caracciola won the German Grand Prix, leading an Alfa-Romeo P3 sweep. It was Caracciola's 2nd straight win in his home country Grand Prix. Tazio Nuvolari and Baconin Borzacchini finished 2nd and 3rd. Caracciola averaged 73.94 mph for the 354.1 miles.

1977 - Brooklyn, Michigan...Danny Ongais drove to his first career USAC Championship win by capturing the 'Michigan 200' on the 2 mile Michigan International Speedway.

1983 - Brooklyn, Michigan...John Paul Jr. drove to a surprise win in the CART 'Michigan 500'. It would be Paul Jr.'s only CART win.

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Posted 18 July 2003 - 12:45

Originally posted by Jim Thurman
JULY 14, 1917 - Minneapolis, Minneapolis...Ira Vail and Reeves Dutton captured a pair of AAA races on the 2 mile concrete Ft. Snelling Speedway. Vail drove his Hudson to victory in a 100 mile race, averaging 96.28 mph while Dutton won a 50 mile race, averaging 97.27 mph in his Stutz. Interestingly, it was the only career AAA win for both drivers.

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Now gimme a break, Jim! Ira Vail won certainly more than several dozens of AAA races, admittedly most on dirt. This was probably his only paved track win - perhaps you missed one vital word in your source?

As for Reeves Dutton, he also won several times, but not as a driver, but as riding mechanic for Earl Cooper! I don't know if Dutton ever seriously took to driving, but at Fort Snelling, it was Cooper who won the preliminary race and finished third in the feature event, behind Vail and Dave Lewis (Hoskins/Duesenberg).

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Posted 18 July 2003 - 22:13

Originally posted by fines

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Now gimme a break, Jim! Ira Vail won certainly more than several dozens of AAA races, admittedly most on dirt. This was probably his only paved track win - perhaps you missed one vital word in your source?

As for Reeves Dutton, he also won several times, but not as a driver, but as riding mechanic for Earl Cooper! I don't know if Dutton ever seriously took to driving, but at Fort Snelling, it was Cooper who won the preliminary race and finished third in the feature event, behind Vail and Dave Lewis (Hoskins/Duesenberg).


This passage originally read "...the only career AAA Championship race wins for both drivers." Since, as we know, the AAA did not have a Championship prior to 1920 (excepting 1916)...I made what I felt was appropriate editing.

When I originally did those entries in 1995, I went by the source, which of course followed the Haresnape-Catlin "champions", something I freely admit I wasn't as aware of at the time. This source didn't offer details about that situation (probably seeking to avoid confusion to media members :D ).

So, the source listed those races as the only Championship race wins by both drivers.

The error this time was compounded by the fact that I have removed AAA Championship from every entry pre-1920 (save for 1916). That came about by your pointing that out for an earlier entry posted here :lol: (which was, BTW, a very valid point).

So my problem was going completely by my source. I'm surprised this source had Dutton instead of Cooper.


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