This Week in Racing History
Michael Stucker

December 25
Grand Prix and sports car racer Giancarlo Baghetti born (1934).

December 26
Colin Chapman meets Jim Clark for the first time during a race meeting at Brands Hatch, England. Chapman wins with Clark second, both driving Lotus Elises (1958).

December 27
John Love and Bill Gunstan drive a Lola T212 to victory in the Springbok race at Pietmaritzburg, South Africa (1971).

December 28
Drag racer Mike Ferderer born in San Francisco, California, USA (1956).

December 29
Graham Hill wins his first Grand Prix driving title when he drives his BRM to victory in the South African Grand Prix at East London. BRM also clinches the manufacturer's title (1962).

December 30
Racing great Sterling Moss knighted by Queen Elizabeth (1999).

December 31
Ralph Deshon and Fred Koster drive a Crosley Hotshot to victory in the 6-hour Sam Collier Memorial Grand Prix of Endurance, the first auto race held at Sebring, Florida. It is also the first sports car endurance race held in the United States. The little Crosley was able to defeat faster Ferraris, Jaguars, and others because the race was run under an Index of Performance handicapping system (1950).