This Week in Racing History (December 26-January 1)

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This Week in Racing History Michael Stucker December 26 Derek Bell finishes third overall and first in the F3 class in a race at Mallory Park, England, driving a BMC-powered Lotus 31 (1964). December 27 Whitney Straight wins the South...

This Week in Racing History
Michael Stucker

December 26
Derek Bell finishes third overall and first in the F3 class in a race at Mallory Park, England, driving a BMC-powered Lotus 31 (1964).

December 27
Whitney Straight wins the South African Grand Prix in a Maserati, with his brother third in a Railton. It is the last race that Whitney will participate in. He is getting married and feels that racing and marriage do not mix (1934).

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

December 29
Motorcycle racer Cal Rayburn is killed in a crash at Pukekohe, New Zealand (1973).

December 30
Roger Penske takes delivery of a Lola T70 MKIIIB endurance racer (serial number SL76/139), the first MKIIIB to be delivered (1968).

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 autorace 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).

January 1
Phil Read, Motorcycle Grand Prix World Champion in the 125cc, 250cc, and 500cc classes, born in Luton, England (1939).

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