24-25 July: This Weekend inn Motorsport History

Discover the most momentous motor sports events that took place this weekend in motor sport history …..

~24 July~

1878: The Green Bay-Madison steam automobile race in Wisconsin, US concluded after six days elapsed time, but just 33 hours, 27 minutes of actual running time for an average of 6 mph. The winners were Frank A. Shomer and A. M. Farrand in the Oshkosh steamer. Six cars were entered, but only two started. The Oshkosh was the only car to finish.

1897: The Paris-Dieppe Race from Saint-Germains to Dieppe, a distance of 106 miles, was won by Bollee driven by M. Jamin in a time of 4h. 13m.

1938: British driver Richard Seaman drove a Mercedes-Benz 154 to victory at the German Grand Prix at the Nürburgring. Lengthy Nazi parading preceded the race that was witnessed by nearly 300,000 spectators. Seaman gave the Nazi salute on the podium and became one of the favourite drivers of the Third Reich.

1954: Bill France, Jr., crashed his Nash on the 25th lap of the NASCAR Short Track Division event at Bowman Gray Stadium in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. France, Jr., was making his second start of the season. It was the last of his career.

1960: Maserati Tipo 60s finish 1-2-3-5 in the Trieste-Opicina Hillclimb in Italy. Mennato Boffa drove the winning car.

1966: Paul Goldsmith passed Richard Petty with five laps left to win the Volunteer 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway (Tennessee. US), marking the last of his nine victories in NASCAR’s top series.

1971: The Watkins Glen 6-Hours for the World Championship of Makes, the final race of the 5-liter sportscar era, was won by a 3-litre Alfa Romeo T33/3 driven by Ronnie Peterson and Andre de Adamich.

1988: At the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim, Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost started on the front row covered and finished 1st and 2nd, respectively. Senna 13.6 seconds ahead of Prost at the line

2004: Adam Fleetwood established a new Wiscombe Park Hillclimb (Devon) record, completing the 1000 yards (914 metres) course in 34.16s.

2005: Renault driver Fernando Alonso won the German Grand Prix at the Hockenheimring, taking his sixth victory of the season, whilst Juan Pablo Montoya finished second for the McLaren team. BAR-Honda driver Jenson Button, completed the podium by finishing in third position. It was his first podium finish of the season, because the BAR team had been disqualified from the San Marino Grand Prix.

~25 July~

1903: Barney Oldfield made his final appearance with the Ford ‘999’ – cover image – raised the closed-course speed record to 65.0 mph at the Empire City track in Yonkers, New York, US.

1937: Driver Ernst von Delius collided with Richard Seaman during the German Grand Prix held at Nürburgring on lap 6 and the accident was eventually fatal for von Delius, experiencing thrombosis. Von Delius was 25 years old. The race was won by German Rudolf Caracciola in a Mercedes-Benz W125.

1948: Slick Davis became the first NASCAR ­driver to be fatally injured. The tragedy happened in an event at Greensboro, North Carolina (US). Curtis Turner started on the pole and won the race. Billy Carden won another NASCAR Modified race held on the same day in Columbus, Georgia, US.

1971: Peter Revson and Denny Hulme, driving McLaren M8F-Chevrolets, finished 1-2 for Team McLaren in the Can-Am race at Watkins Glen, New York, US.

1977: Bobby Isaac survived a race of attrition to post a dominant win in the Nashville 420 at the 0.596-mile Nashville Speedway (Tennessee. US), at the state fairgrounds

1982: Six turbo-charged cars completed the first 6 grid positions at the French Grand Prix at the Paul Ricard circuit. Four turbo-charged cars driven by 4 French drivers finished in the top 4 places, and the French Renault team finished 1-2 with René Arnoux winning and Alain Prost finishing second, but under sour circumstances- as Arnoux violated a pre-race agreement that if he and Prost were 1st and 2nd, Arnoux would let Prost by to help his better championship standing.

1993: The German Grand Prix, contested over 45 laps of the Hockenheim circuit, was won by Alain Prost, driving a Williams-Renault, after team-mate Damon Hill was denied a first win by a tyre problem on the penultimate lap. This was Prost’s 51st and final Grand Prix victory.

1993: Dale Earnhardt beat Ernie Irvan by an eyelash to win the DieHard 500 at Talladega, Alabama (US). In one of the closest finishes on record, Earnhardt’s margin of victory was a scant .005 second.

2004: British driver Fiona Leggate completed five races in 24 hours at Silverstone to establish a record for the most races driven by one driver in a day. The five races were part of the MG Car Club Silverstone MG 80 Race Meeting. Leggate won the last race, the Single Driver Enduro Race, with fellow British driver David Coulthard in second place.


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