1927: British Mini-racing legend John Rhodes was born. The Midlander had raced in Formula Junior in the early-1960s and made one F1 start, in a Cooper-Climax in Silverstone’s British GP in 1965. He moved into saloon car racing and was spectacular in the diminutive Mini, earning the nickname ‘Smokin’ Rhodes.
1958: World Rally Champion Didier Auriol was born. The first Frenchman to win the title, for Toyota in 1994, he took 20 career WRC victories – for Ford, Lancia, Toyota and Peugeot – from 152 starts.
1991: David Brabham matched his World Championship-winning father Jack by taking a solitary World Sportscar Championship victory. Brabham Jr won at the Nürburgring for the TWR Jaguar team, sharing the winning XJR-14 with Derek Warwick. Curiously, he also finished second in the sister car, alongside Teo Fabi.
1946: Scottish racer and team boss Tom Walkinshaw was born. He won the Silverstone 6 Hours World Sportscar Championship qualifier in 1976, scored nine British Touring Car Championship victories, twice won the Spa 24 Hours and lifted the 1984 European Touring Car Championship. He also oversaw the TWR empire, running Jaguars and Rovers in the ETCC and masterminding Jaguar’s WSCC programme, which included two Le Mans wins. He died, aged 64, in 2010.
1975: US racing hero Mark Donohue died, aged 38, two days after crashing in practice for the Austrian Grand Prix. He won the Daytona 24 Hours in 1969, the Indianapolis 500 in ’72 and Can-Am title for Porsche in ’73. He tackled 14 Grands Prix for McLaren, Penske and March, with a best result of third on his debut in Canada in 1971.
1984: The 400th World Championship Grand Prix took place in Austria. Local hero Niki Lauda won the race at the Osterreichring, his 50th podium finish and took the championship lead from McLaren team-mate Alain Prost.
1987: Current F1 driver Nico Hulkenberg was born. The German has contested 106 GPs for Williams, Force India and Sauber, with two fourth places his best results to date. The former European F3 and GP2 champion has also won the Le Mans 24 Hours for Porsche.
1967: Jackie Stewart took his first European Formula 2 Championship win – at Enna-Pergusa in a Ken Tyrrell-run Matra MS7. The Scot beat Jean-Pierre Beltoise’s works MS5.