Monday 7th January 1946
Born on this day, Mike Wilds, a British racing driver who participated in 8 Formula One World Championship Grand Prix, debuting in 1974 with a March, joining Mo Nunn’s Ensign team thereafter. He then got the BRM works-drive for 1975, but was blamed for the poor showing of the actually uncompetitive P201 at the Argentine and Brazilian GPs and got sacked. He then joined the Aurora Series where he took the F2 class title in 1978. After that he retreated more and more to the British club scene and historic racing. He made unfortunate headlines in 1994 by crashing an ex-Gilles Villeneuve Ferrari 312T3 at the Goodwood Festival of Speed heavily, sustaining a broken leg and other serious injuries.