This Week in Racing History (January 2-8)

This Week in Racing History Michael Stucker 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...

This Week in Racing History
Michael Stucker

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
Graeme Lawrence drives a Ferrari Dino 246 to victory in Tasman Cup race at Levin, New Zealand (1970).

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

January 6
The F1CA, soon to be rename FOCA, names Bernie Eccelstone the President of Administration and Chief Executive, Enzo Ferrari the President of Sport, and Max Mosley the Legal Advisor (1978).

January 7
Gioachini Columbo joins Alfa Romeo. He will later design the Alfetta 158 (1924).

January 8
Former BRM team principal Louis Stanley dies at age 92 (2002).

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