1936: US racing hero Gordon Johncock was born. He won 24 Indycar races across the USAC and CART eras and won the blue-riband Indianapolis 500 in 1973 and 1982.
1943: Finnish racer Leo Kinnunen was born. He won four World Sportscar Championship races in 1970 in a JWA Gulf Porsche 917 alongside superstar team-mate Pedro Rodriguez and also contested one GP – the 1974 Swedish – in a Surtees. Interestingly, he was the last driver to wear an open-face helmet in F1.
1962: Jack Brabham gave his eponymous team its first F1 start when he entered a 1.5-litre Climax-engined BT3 in the German GP at the Nürburgring. He qualified 24th of the 26 starters and retired after nine laps with a throttle problem.
1968: WRC hero Colin McRae was born. Father of five-time British Champion Jimmy, the Scot went on to win 25 events at the top level – for Subaru and Ford – and famously became Britain’s first World Champion in 1995.
1973: Flying Finn Timo Mäkinen won his home rally, the 1000 Lakes, in a Ford Escort RS1600. Co-driven by Englishman Henry Liddon, Makinen finished more than two minutes clear of Markku Alén’s Volvo 142.
1973: Jackie Stewart took what would be his 27th and last F1 victory when he led team-mate François Cevert to a Tyrrell one-two in the German GP. The blue machines finished 40 seconds clear of Jacky Ickx, the Belgian making his debut for McLaren.