1947: German sportscar veteran Jurgen Barth was born. He won two rounds of the World Sportscar Championship in 1980 – at the Nürburgring in a Porsche 908 and at Dijon in a 935 – but is best known for his 1977 Le Mans 24 Hours win alongside Jacky Ickx and Hurley Haywood in the Martini 936. He later went on to co-found the BPR Global GT series (with Patrick Peter and Stéphane Ratel), which would soon become the FIA GT Series.
1954: American racer Price Cobb was born. He won the Le Mans 24 Hours for Jaguar alongside Martin Brundle and John Nielsen in 1990. He also raced extensively in his home country, winning 12 rounds of the IMSA GTP Championship – nine for Porsche and three for Jaguar.
1983: The World Sportscar championship had its latest-ever finishing date, courtesy of the Kyalami 1000km. The race was won by the works Rothmans Porsche 956 of Stefan Bellof and Derek Bell, which defeated the Martini Lancia LC2 of Alessandro Nannini and Riccardo Patrese by four laps. A further four laps adrift, in third place, was the second factory Porsche of Jacky Ickx and Jochen Mass.
1935: Ferdinand Alexander Porsche, grandson of marque founder Ferdinand Porsche and son of Ferry Porsche, was born. As a designer, he was responsible for the iconic shape of the company’s greatest creation, the 911, which began to roll off the production line in 1964. He died, aged 76, in 2012.