This Week in Racing History

August 30 - Race cars take to the streets of Los Angeles, California, USA, for the first time, in the VARA Ford Los Angeles Grand Prix for vintage racers (1997).

September 1 - Mario Andretti wins three midget feature races at two track in one day (1963).

- Franck Lagorce born (1968).

- Stefan Bellof dies in crash during Group C sportscar race at Spa, Belgium (1985).

- Dragracer Elmer Trent dies in crash during exhibition run at US Nationals in Indianapolis, Indiana (1996).

September 2 - IRL driver Robbie Buhl born (1965).

September 3 - First race at Monza, Italy, a Voiturette Grand Prix won by Pietro Bordino in a Fiat 804-403 (1922).

- Malcolm Campbell sets One-Mile Land Speed Record of 301.13 mph in the Blubird Special (1933).

September 4 - Howard "Howdey" Wilcox, 1916 American GP and 1919 Indy 500 winner, dies in a crash on a board track in Altoona, Pennsylvania, USA (1923).

- Ludovico Scarfiatti wins Italian GP at Monza in a Ferrari. First F1 victory for Firestone tires (1966).

- Jan Opperman, sprintcar driver in the 1960s and 1970s, dies (1997).

September 5 - Top Fuel dragracer Jim Head born (1948).

- Jochen Rindt, who would become the only posthumous Formula One World Champion, dies in crash during practice for the Italian GP at Monza (1970).

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Michael Stucker