1942: Happy 74th birthday to former Grand Prix driver/team boss, Le Mans winner and Can-Am champion Jackie Oliver! He raced in 48 GPs for Lotus, BRM, McLaren and Shadow, with a best result of third – for Lotus in Mexico in 1968 and Shadow in Canada in ’73. His Le Mans win came with Ford in 1969 alongside Jacky Ickx and he won the last proper Can-Am title in 1974 with Shadow. He went on to co-create the Arrows F1 team in 1978 (he is the O of Arrows) and remained in the board of directors until selling his final shares in 1999.
1960: The Portuguese GP on the Porto road course was won by reigning World Champion Jack Brabham, his Cooper beating the sister car of Bruce McLaren. Bike racing ace John Surtees, who’d switched to four wheels, took his maiden pole and fastest lap, while fellow Brit Jim Clark secured his first career podium finish with third.
1977: Alan Jones gave Shadow what would be its only F1 win with his maiden victory in Austria. His DN8 finished 20s ahead of Niki Lauda’s Ferrari, with the Brabham-Alfa Romeo of Hans-Joachim Stuck in third.
1988: Enzo Anselmo Ferrari, a former racing driver who founded his own team and became the most famous sportscar manufacturer in the world, died, aged 90. Just a few weeks after his death, his beloved red cars took an historic one-two in the Italian GP at Monza – Scuderia Ferrari’s home race.