1967: The Ford-funded, Cosworth-built Double Four Valve engine took a debut win in the Dutch Grand Prix in the back of Jim Clark’s Lotus 49. Clark’s team-mate Graham Hill had taken pole position, but his engine failed after just 11 laps. Clark’s win signalled the start of a dominant period in F1 for the DFV. Over the next 16 seasons it would win 155 races.
1981: Ari Vatanen and David Richards won the Acropolis Rally for the second successive year in the David Sutton-run, Rothmans-liveried Ford Escort RS1800. They headed the Fiat 131 Abarth of Markku Alén and Ilkka Kivimäki by 4m35s to give their championship chances a big boost.
1989: The Arizona city of Phoenix hosted its first World Championship Grand Prix. The race on the uninspiring street circuit was won by Alain Prost’s McLaren, ahead of Riccardo Patrese’s Williams and Eddie Cheever’s Arrows. The tiny Rial team scored its only points when Christian Danner finished fourth.
1996: Colin McRae’s first win as World Rally Champion came in Greece, the Subaru star winning the Acropolis Rally from title nemesis Tommi Mäkinen’s Mitsubishi Lancer by 50s.