This Week in Racing History
Michael Stucker

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

December 31
Bob Wilke, Offy engine dealer who's family owned Leader Cards Inc., born in Waukeegan, Illinois, USA (1908).

January 1
Jim Clark wins the South African Grand Prix driving a Ford-Cosworth-powered Lotus 49 for his 25th GP victory (1968).

January 2
Walter Sobraske, machinist for Miller, Schofield, Offenhauser, and Meyer & Drake (later shop forman), born in West Virginia, USA (1901).

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

January 4
45 year old Donald Campbell, holder of land and water speed records, dies in a crash of his hydroplane boat Bluebird K7 while attempting to set a new water speed record on Coniston Water in England (1967).

January 5
Trevers Walkett, one of four brothers who formed Ginetta Cars, dies at age 76 (2000).