This Week in Racing History (May 3-9)

This Week in Racing History Michael Stucker www.vintageRPM.com May 3 Brock Yates, Brock Yates Jr., Jim Williams, and Steve Smith, in a Dodge van named "Moon Trash II", begin the first Cannonball Baker Sea-to-Shining-Sea Memorial Trophy Dash....

This Week in Racing History
Michael Stucker
www.vintageRPM.com

May 3
Brock Yates, Brock Yates Jr., Jim Williams, and Steve Smith, in a Dodge van named "Moon Trash II", begin the first Cannonball Baker Sea-to-Shining-Sea Memorial Trophy Dash. They will travel from New York City to Redondo Beach, California, in 40 hours and 51 minutes (1971).

May 4
Derek Bell and Henri Pescarolo drive an Alfa Romeo T33/TT/12 to victory in the 1000K (shortened to 750K because of bad weather) sports car race at Spa, Belgium (1975).

May 5
Vic Elford and Umberto Maglioli drive a Porsche 907 to victory in the Targa Florio in Sicily (1968).

May 6
Juan Manuel Fangio II wins the IMSA GTP race at Heartland Park in Topeka, Kansas, USA, driving an Eagle-Toyota MkII to its maiden victory (1990).

May 7
Mark Blundell wins the Formula Ford race at Snetterton, England, driving a Lola (1984).

May 8
Gilles Villeneuve dies in a accident during practice before the Belgian Grand Prix at Zolder (1982).

May 9
1930s racing great Manfred von Brauchtisch is arrested in West Germany "on suspicion of preparing an act of high treason." He will flee to East Germany before his trial can begin (1953).

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