Mike Stucker, historian
This Week in Racing History
Porsche 959s finish first (Metge/Lemoyne), second (Ickx/Brasseur), and sixth (Kussmaul/Unger) in the Paris-Dakar Rally (1986).
Richard Petty drives a Plymouth to victory in the NASCAR Winston Cup Riverside 250 in Riverside, California, USA. NASCAR debut for Mark Donohue and his Penske AMC Matador (1972).
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).
Roscoe Sarles drives a Miller-powered Roamer to victory at Ascot in Los Angeles, California, USA (1919).
1972 Can-Am and Trans-Am champion George Follmer born (1934).
Bruce Mclaren drives a BRM to victory in his last race in New Zealand, at Teretonga (1968).