1952: Happy birthday to touring car legend Steve Soper! ‘Soperman’ won countless races in the British, German, European and World Touring Car Championships and later enjoyed success in American sportscars in a BMW-engined McLaren F1 GTR. Now a full-time convert to historic racing, he won the Alan Mann Trophy Ford GT40 race at Goodwood’s 74th Members’ Meeting.
1981: The Ligier-Matra of Jacques Laffite won the Canadian GP in Montreal, heading the McLaren-Ford of John Watson and the Ferrari of Gilles Villeneuve. It would be the French team’s last win for 15 years.
1987: Jan Lammers and John Watson led a Jaguar XJR-8 one-two in the Fuji 1,000km, final round of the World Sportscar Championship. Second place, sharing with Johnny Dumfries, confirmed Brazilian Raul Boesel as World Champion.
1992: Nigel Mansell claimed a record-breaking ninth win of the season in the Portuguese GP at Estoril. The Williams driver, who’d already clinched the World Championship, led home the McLaren-Hondas of Gerhard Berger and Ayrton Senna to break a record held by Senna from 1988.
2010: Former Lotus F1 driver Trevor Taylor died, aged 73. The Yorkshireman contested 27 races, mostly for Lotus, and took a best result of second in the 1962 Dutch GP at Zandvoort, behind first-time winner Graham Hill’s BRM.