This Week in Racing History (August 5-11)

This Week in Racing History Michael J. Stucker August 5 Craig Breedlove drives the "Spirit of America" on the Bonneville Salt Flats to a new Land Speed Record of 407.45 mph (1963). NASCAR stockcar racer Kenny Irwin Jr. born (1969). Sochiro...

This Week in Racing History
Michael J. Stucker

August 5
Craig Breedlove drives the "Spirit of America" on the Bonneville Salt Flats to a new Land Speed Record of 407.45 mph (1963).


NASCAR stockcar racer Kenny Irwin Jr. born (1969).


Sochiro Honda, founder of the Honda Motor Company, dies at the age of 84 (1991).

August 7
Ralph Mulford drives a Dusenberg to victory in a 300 mile race at Des Moines Speedway in Des Moines, Iowa, USA (1915).

August 8
F1 champion Nigel Mansell born (1953).

August 9
Pete Brock wins the CRC 300 at Amaroo, Australia (1980).

August 10
After 16,000 km and exactly two months, the Italia of Prince Scipione Borghese, mechanic Ettore Guizzardi, and journalist Luigi Barzini arrives in Paris, France, to win the Paris-Peking race (1907).

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