1936: Swiss ace Jo Siffert was born. He raced in 96 GPs, for Lotus, Brabham, Cooper, March and BRM, winning the 1968 British GP at Brands Hatch in a Rob Walker Lotus 49B and the ’71 Austrian GP for BRM. He also won 14 rounds of the World Sportscar Championship for Porsche, including the Daytona 24 Hours, Sebring 12 Hours and Targa Florio. He was killed in a BRM during a non-championship F1 race at Brands Hatch in October 1971, aged 35.
1959: Alessandro Nannini was born. The Italian raced in 76 GPs for Minardi and Benetton, winning in Japan in 1989 after Ayrton Senna had been disqualified. He lost part of his arm in a helicopter accident in October 1990, forcing him to race in touring cars, where he was successful, particularly for Alfa Romeo in the DTM.
1967: Happy birthday Tom Kristensen! The Dane won the Le Mans 24 hours on nine occasions – for Porsche in 1997, Audi in 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2008 and 2013 and Bentley in 2003 – and is a previous winner of the St Mary’s and RAC Tourist Trophies at the Goodwood Revival.
1968: Jacky Ickx’s maiden F1 win – for Ferrari in the French GP at Rouen – was overshadowed by the death of Jo Schlesser who crashed his Honda in the opening few laps. Guy Ligier used Schlesser’s initials in the designation of all his F1 cars as a tribute to his fallen friend.