This Week in Racing History
Freddie Spencer, 2-time 500cc motorcycle Grand Prix World Champion, born in Shreveport, Louisiana, USA (1962).
Mark Donohue drives an AMC Matador to victory in the NASCAR Winston Western 500 at Riverside, California. First NASCAR wins for AMC and Donohue (1973).
1958 F1 World Champion Mike Hawthorn dies in a road accident in the UK (1959).
The first annual Automotive Equipment Display and Hot Rod Exhibition, presented by the Southern California Timing Association, opens at the National Guard Armory in Exposition Park, in Los Angeles, California (1948).
Ken Miles drives the R-1, an MG special he built, to victory in the Desert Trophy Race at Palm Springs, California, USA (1954).
The Ford Motor Company of Australia withdraws from motor racing (1974).
Carlos Pace, driving a Brabham-Ford, scores his first F1 victory when he wins the Brazilian Grand Prix at Sao Paolo (1975).