This Week in Racing History
Michael Stucker

July 29
Alberto Ascari drives a Ferrari 375 to victory in the German Grand Prix on the Nurburgring (1951).

July 30
The "Bug", generally considered to be the first rail dragster, races for the first time. Dick Kraft is the driver (1950).

July 31
The Freiburg-Schauinsland Hillclimb is won by Gerhard Mitter in a Porsche (1966).

August 1
James Hunt, driving a McLaren-Ford, wins the German Grand Prix on the Nurburgring. Niki Lauda crashes his Ferrari on the second lap and suffers serious burns that nearly kill him. Six weeks later Lauda returns to racing (1976).

August 2
Ronnie Bucknum debuts the Honda RA271 in the German Grand Prix with a DNF. It was also Bucknum's first GP. John Surtees wins the race on the Nurburgring in a Ferrari 158 (1964).

August 3
Pietro Laureati wins the Lago Montefiascone Hillclimb in Italy driving an Alfa Romeo T33 Stradale (1969).

August 4
Giuseppe Compari wins fifth Coppa Acerbo road race in an Alfa Romeo P2 (1928).