JAN 04th 2016

That Was The Week That Was: Anniversaries and Milestones From Motorsport’s Past

JANUARY 4

1964: Denny Hulme wins the inaugural race of the Tasman Series – the ‘Winter World Championship’ held in Australia and New Zealand. The Kiwi takes his Brabham BT7A to what would be his only Tasman victory at Levin on New Zealand’s North Island (top video is from later in the season).

JANUARY 5

2015: French motorsport hero Jean-Pierre Beltoise dies, aged 77. The former French Formula 3 and European F2 Champion raced in 84 Grands Prix, for Matra and BRM, taking his only win on the rain-lashed streets of Monaco in 1972 – BRM’s 17th and final victory. J-PB also won four World Sportscar Championship races for Matra – at the Nürburgring, Watkins Glen, Paul Ricard and Brands Hatch in 1974.

Freddie March memorial Sportscars Goodwood nine hours Reg Parnell motorsport

JANUARY 7

1964: Early F1 hero Reg Parnell dies, aged just 52. The Derbyshire-born ace finished third for the works Alfa Romeo squad in the first World Championship Grand Prix, at Silverstone in 1950, and raced extensively and successfully at Goodwood. He also managed the Aston Martin and Yeoman Credit F1 teams, as well as briefly running Reg Parnell Racing before his untimely death following a routine operation.

1985: Triple F1 World Champion – and regular Goodwood Festival of Speed visitor – Lewis Hamilton is born.

1989 World Rally Championship. Swedish Rally, Sweden. 6-8 January 1989. Ingvar Carlsson/Per Carlsson (Mazda 323 4WD), 1st position. World Copyright: LAT Photographic Ref: 35mm transparency 89RALLY01

JANUARY 8

1989: Swedish Rally driver Ingvar Carlsson wins his home round of the World Rally Championship. It’s Carlsson’s first WRC win and Mazda’s second, to add to Timo Salonen’s success in the all-snow rally two years earlier. Carlsson would give the Japanese marque its third and final win, with the 323 4WD, later that season in New Zealand. He died in 2009, aged 62.

1977 Argentinian Grand Prix. Buenos AIres, Argentina. 7-9 January 1977. Jody Scheckter (Wolf WR1 Ford) 1st position  Ref-77 ARG 12. World Copyright - LAT Photographic

JANUARY 9

1972: Ronnie Peterson and Tim Schenken win the first World Sportscar Championship race held to the new, 3-litre regulations. The Swedish and Australian duo, taking time out from their F1 campaigns, steer their works Ferrari 312PB to victory over the sister car of fellow Grand Prix drivers Clay Regazzoni and Brian Redman.

1977: Walter Wolf’s eponymous Grand Prix team takes a shock debut F1 victory in Argentina courtesy of Jody Scheckter and the Cosworth-powered WR1. From 11th on the grid, Scheckter catches and passes an exhausted Carlos Pace to beat the Brabham driver by more than 40 seconds in the stifling Buenos Aires heat.

JANUARY 10

Happy birthday to former F1 racers, Indianapolis 500 winners and Goodwood Revival competitors Eddie Cheever (58) and Bobby Rahal (63)!

1971: Goodwood hero Derek Bell wins the Buenos Aires 1000km World Sportscar opener, alongside Jo Siffert. It’s the Englishman’s maiden victory in a series he would go on to win twice in the 1980s and would prove to be his only win at the wheel of Porsche’s fabulous 917.

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