1941: Kiwi racer Howden Ganley was born. His Grand Prix career began in 1971, with BRM. After two seasons with the British team, he raced an Iso-Marlboro in 1973, many believing he had a good claim to victory in the chaotic, safety-car interrupted Canadian GP. After two races with a March in 1974, his 35-race F1 career was over.
1985: Thai royalty Prince Birabongse Bhanudej Bhanubandh, who raced as B Bira, died in London, aged 71. He competed in Connaught, ERA, Gordon, Maserati machinery before the advent of the World Championship, and represented his country in Olympic sailing. The Old Etonian was also an accomplished pilot, flying from London to Bangkok in 1952.
2000: The man who pioneered the rear-engined revolution in Formula 1, John Cooper, died aged 77. His Cooper Car Company, founded by father Charles and based in Surrey, had enjoyed huge success with motorcycle-engined single-seaters and was soon doing likewise at motorsport’s top level. Stirling Moss gave the Cooper marque its maiden F1 success, in Argentina in 1958, while Australian Jack Brabham won back-to-back titles in 1959 and ’60. From 1961 onwards, rear-engined cars became de rigueur in F1.