1942: Four-time Le Mans 24 Hours winner Henri Pescarolo was born. He won the French endurance classic in 1972, ’73 and ’74 for Matra, and again in a Porsche in 1984. He also contested 56 GPs between 1968 and ’76, with a best result of third at Monaco in 1970 – also for Matra.
1977: Jacky Ickx and Jochen Mass won the Brands Hatch 6 Hours World Sportscar Championship round in the Martini Porsche 935/77. Their winning advantage was two laps over the elder Max Moritz 935 of Edgar Doren and Manfred Schurti.
1982: Michele Alboreto claimed his maiden Grand Prix win in the Las Vegas GP, the Italian’s Tyrrell 011 finishing almost a minute clear of John Watson’s McLaren. Fifth place for Williams was enough to give Keke Rosberg the World Championship title, while Mario Andretti bowed out of F1 for the final time by spinning his Ferrari into retirement.
1983: The first of 23 races to be given the title European Grand Prix took place at Brands Hatch. The race was won by the Brabham-BMW of Nelson Piquet, who beat the Renault of Alain Prost and Nigel Mansell’s Lotus. The Nürburgring, Donington Park, Jerez, Valencia and Baku have also held the race.
1997: Wing Commander Andy Green raised the Land Speed Record from 633mph to 714mph aboard Thrust SSC in Black Rock Desert in Nevada. A few weeks later he would raise the marker to 763mph and become the first man to break the sound barrier.
2005: The A1 Grand Prix World Cup of Motorsport was born at Brands Hatch. Two races for the Lola-Zytek single-seaters were held and both were won by Brazilian Nelson Piquet Jr. He beat Frenchman Alexandre Prémat in the first race and Australian Will Power in the second.