This Week in Racing History
Michael Stucker

December 27
Hans Stuck, German racing great between the world wars, father of Hans-Joachim Stuck and grandfather of Johannes Stuck, born (1900).

December 28
Jim Clark wins the South African Grand Prix at East London driving a Lotus 25 (1963).

December 29
Carlo Chiti, one-time engineer for Alfa Romeo and Ferrari, and co-founder of both ATS and Autodelta, born in Pistola, Italy (1924).

December 30
William Tyler "Grumpy" Jenkins, drag racer and creator of the NHRA's Pro Stock class, born (1930).

December 31
Speed record holder Malcolm Campbell dies of natural causes (1948).

January 1
Mike Costin begins working for Lotus on a part time basis (1953).

January 2
First South Africa Grand Prix to be held on the Kayalami track near Johannesburg is won by Pedro Rodriguez at the wheel of a Cooper-Maserati. First F1 win for Rodriguez and last for Cooper (1967).