1966: John Surtees won his last Grand Prix for Ferrari – the Belgian race at Spa. The 1964 World Champion left the team after disagreements with the management and would be in a Cooper-Maserati for the next race in France.
1953: Englishman Les Graham, who won the inaugural 500cc World Motorcycle Championship in 1949, was killed during the Isle of Man TT, aged 41. His son, Stuart, went on to win on the island – in the 1967 50cc race – and take two Tourist Trophy wins on four wheels. He’s still a regular racer at the Goodwood Members’ and Revival Meetings.
1988: Jaguar’s sixth win in the Le Mans 24 Hours came 31 years after its fifth. The Tom Walkinshaw Racing-run, Silk Cut-liveried XJR-9LM driven by Jan Lammers, Johnny Dumfries and Andy Wallace won the French endurance classic by just two-and-a-half minutes from the works Porsche of Derek Bell, Hans Stück and Klaus Ludwig, despite a late-race gearbox scare.