This Week in Racing History (January 28-February 3)

This Week in Racing History Michael J. Stucker January 28 Larry "Spiderman" McBride, Top Fuel Motorcycle racer, born (1958). January 29 FIA inspects 528th Porsche 911 Carrera RS and certifies them legal for Group 4 Touring class. But because...

This Week in Racing History
Michael J. Stucker

January 28
Larry "Spiderman" McBride, Top Fuel Motorcycle racer, born (1958).

January 29
FIA inspects 528th Porsche 911 Carrera RS and certifies them legal for Group 4 Touring class. But because of paperwork delays, the RSR racing versions will have to run as Prototypes at Daytona, one week later (1973).

January 30
Ferdinand Porsche dies in Stuttgart, West Germany (1951).

January 31
The Parisian newspaper "Le Matin" challenges men and machines to come forward and race from Peking to Paris -- a distance of 16,000 KM (9936 miles). Twentyfive teams will respond (1907).

February 1
Daytona International Speedway opens for practice (1959).

February 2
IRL driver Billy Boat born (1966).

February 3
Emery Cook drives the nitro-burning, Chrysler powered, Cook & Bedwell dragster to a 166.97 mph quarter-mile pass. This speed is almost 10 mph better than the previous record (1957).

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