1941: British sportscar-racing legend Derek Bell was born. After making his race debut at his local Goodwood circuit in 1964 in a Lotus 7, he went on to win races in Formula 3 and Formula 2, He made his F1 debut in 1968 and contested nine races for Ferrari, McLaren, Brabham, Surtees and Tecno. His greatest successes came in endurance racing, taking five Le Mans 24 Hour wins, three Daytona victories and two World Sportscar Championship titles.
1999: IndyCar star Greg Moore was killed in the season-finale at California Speedsway in Fontana after the 24-year-old Canadian's Forsythe Racing Reynard-Mercedes struck the wall. He'd won five race in the Champ Car World Series and was tipped as future champion.
2009: Donington Park owner Tom Wheatcroft died, aged 87. The property tycoon revamped the pre-war venue and re-opened it for business in 1977, while also building his Donington Grand Prix Collection into on of the world's finest collection of F1 cars. He achieved his ambition of hosting a World Championship F1 race in 1993, when the European GP was held at the Leicestershire venue.
2012: American racer John Fitch died, aged 95. He tackled two Grands Prix, at Monza in 1953 for HWM and ’55 in a Maserati, but is best-known for his two World Sportscar Championship race victories. He won the series' inaugural round – the Sebring 12 Hours in 1953 – in a Chrysler-engined Cunningham C4R and partnered Stirling Moss to victory in the 1955 RAC Tourist Trophy at Dundrod in a factory Mercedes 300 SLR.