Saturday 4th June 1921
Born on this day, Ettore Chimeri, popular gentleman racing driver from Venezuela, who competed with success in many local races in his own country. Chimeri was the first Venezuelan driver entered into a Formula One Grand Prix, the 1960 Argentine Grand Prix, in his Maserati 250F (a car he owned, previously raced by Juan Manuel Fangio and Francisco Godia, prepared in Venezuela and sold to an Italian buyer sometime after his death) failing to finish the race having experienced electrical problems. Two weeks later, while practicing for the Gran Premio Libertad sports car race at the Camp Freedom military airfield on the edge of Havana, his Ferrari 250TR crashed through barriers and plunged 150 feet into a ravine. Chimeri was flown to hospital, where he died later that day.