This week in racing history (December 29-January 4)

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People in this week in racing history include: Cal Rayburn, William Tyler "Grumpy" Jenkins, Kenny Roberts Sr., Henry Seagrave, Pedro Rodriguez, Wally Meskowski and Otto Walker.

This Week in Racing History
Michael Stucker

www.vintageRPM.com

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

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

The 1971 French GP was to be Pedro Rodriguez last F1 race; he died only days later, at the Norisring
The 1971 French GP was to be Pedro Rodriguez last F1 race; he died only days later, at the Norisring

Photo by: Lucien Harmegnies

December 31
Kenny Roberts Sr., 3-time and first American 500cc motorcycle Grand Prix World Champion, born in Modesto, California, USA (1951).

January 1
Future auto racer and speed record holder Henry Seagrave receives his wings from the Royal Flying Corp (1916).

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
Sprint car builder and Indy 500 crew chief Wally Meskowski dies at the age of 64 (1980).

January 4
Otto Walker, riding a Harley-Davidson, wins the 100-mile motorcycle race at Ascot Park in Los Angeles, California, USA (1920).

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