1965: The Mexican Grand Prix was a day of firsts. American Richie Ginther took his maiden win. The race also signalled a first F1 victory for Honda and Goodyear tyres. Second in Mexico City that day was Dan Gurney in a Brabham.
1971: Swiss ace Jo Siffert was killed in a non-championship Formula 1 race at Brands Hatch. He crashed his BRM during the World Championship Victory Race, with his team-mate Peter Gethin taking the race-shortened win. Siffert won two World Championship GPs – at Brands Hatch in 1968 for Lotus and in Austria in ’71 for BRM. He also won 14 rounds of the World Sportscar Championship, including the Daytona 24 Hours, Sebring 12 Hours and Targa Florio, in Porsche 907, 908 and 917 prototypes.
1976: Forty years ago James Hunt clinched the F1 World Title in dramatic fashion after finishing third for McLaren in the Japanese GP at Fuji. The Englishman needed at least four points to overhaul season-long nemesis Niki Lauda, who’d withdrawn from the race on safety grounds, and he got them to take the crown by a single point. The race was won by the JPS Lotus 77 of Mario Andretti.
1978: The inaugural Ivory Coast World Rally Championship qualifier in Africa was won by the sturdy Peugeot 504 V6 Coupé of Jean-Pierre Nicolas. The Frenchman won the event by 15 minutes from the sister car of Timo Mäkinen.