This Week in Racing History
Michael Stucker

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

December 29
Sports car racer Allan McNish is born in Dumfries, Scotland (1969).

December 30
Formula and sports car racer Mike Spence is born in Croydon, Surrey, England (1936).

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

January 1
The 4.7 liter engined Ford GT40 is homologated by the FIA as a Group 4 GT car (1966).

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).

January 3
Sprintcar builder and Indy 500 crew chief Wally Meskowski dies at the age of 64 (1980).