1948: Swede Gunnar Nilsson was born. He raced in 31 GPs, all for Lotus, taking his only career victory in the Belgian GP at Zolder in 1977. He succumbed to cancer in October 1978, aged just 29.
1957: One of the fastest racers ever, Stefan Bellof, was born. After winning in German Formula Ford and European F2, the German dovetailed F1 and the World Sportscar Championship in 1984 and ’85, making headlines in F1 with Tyrrell and winning the WSCC drivers’ title with the factory Rothmans Porsche team. He was killed in a collision during the Spa 1,000kms in September 1985, aged just 27.
1960: Stirling Moss won the final race of the seven-year, 2.5-litre-formula World Championship, the United States GP at Watkins Glen, in Rob Walker’s Lotus 18. He finished 38 seconds ahead of Innes Ireland’s works Lotus to cap a season in which he won twice and took third in the Drivers’ Championship.
1974: Flying Finn Timo Mäkinen made it two in a row on the RAC Rally to secure the final WRC win for the iconic Mk1 Ford Escort. Co-driven again by Henry Liddon, Mäkinen led home the Saab 96 of former winner Stig Blömqvist and the Lancia Stratos of Sandro Munari.
1988: Australia hosted a round of the World Sportscar Championship for the second and final time. The 360km race, which ran at the Sandown venue in 1,000km format in 1984, produced a one-two for the Sauber-Mercedes team. Jochen Mass and Jean-Louis Schlesser led home the sister C9/88 of Mauro Baldi and Stefan Johansson, with recently crowned World Champion Martin Brundle and team-mate Eddie Cheever upholding Jaguar honour with third.