This Week in Racing History (December 31-January 6)

This Week in Racing History Michael Stucker www.vintageRPM.com 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....

This Week in Racing History
Michael Stucker
www.vintageRPM.com

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 sportscar 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
Colin Chapman and Michael Allen form Lotus Engineering Company (1952).

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).

January 4
Denny Hulme, driving a Brabham BT4, wins the first Tasman Series race, held at Levin, New Zealand (1964).

January 5
Billy Wade is killed when his Bud Moore Mercury Marauder crashes during a tire test at Daytona, Florida, USA (1965).

January 6
Vincenzo Florio, founder of the Targa Florio road race, dies in Epernay, France (1959).

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