1956: Swedish ace Stefan Johansson was born. A former British F3 Champion, he graduated to F1 in 1983 with Spirit. In all, he contested 79 GPs, also racing for Tyrrell, Toleman, Ferrari, McLaren, Ligier, Onyx and Footwork. His best result was a quartet of second places – two for Ferrari in 1985 and two for McLaren in 1987. He also won the Le Mans 24 Hours in 1997, sharing a Porsche with Michele Alboreto and Tom Kristensen.
1991: Nigel Mansell won the Italian GP for Williams, the first Brit to win at Monza for 20 years. Michael Schumacher made his second start in F1, this time freshly ensconced at Benetton. He outqualified and outraced his illustrious team-mate, triple World Champion and four-time race winner Nelson Piquet, to finish fifth.
2006: Australia’s motorsport folk hero Peter Brock was killed in a crash on the Targa West Rally near Perth. The nine-time Bathurst 1,000 winner was driving a Daytona Cobra Coupé replica and hit a tree on the second stage of the event. Co-driver Mick Hone survived the crash. Just days before Brock had competed at the Goodwood Revival aboard a Holden FX in the St Mary’s Trophy and a Corvette Stingray in the RAC TT Celebration.