This Week in Racing History

October 18 - Formula Atlantic racer Alex Tagliani born (1972).

October 19 - Eddie Hulse, driving Regg Schlemmer's Mercury powered roadster, sets a new Southern California Timing Association Class C speed record of 136.05 MPH on the El Mirage dry lake (1947).

- Count Louis Vorow Zborowski dies in wreck during the Italian GP at Monza (1924).

- Sterling Moss wins the Moroccan GP in a Vanwall with Ferrari's Mike Hawthorn in second. Hawthorn clinches the World Driving Title (first Brit to do so) and Vanwall clinches the first Manufacturers Title (1958).

- Sportscar racer Didier Theys born (1956).

October 20 - NHRA Funnycar driver Gary Densham born (1946).

October 22 - Johnny Unser born (1958).

October 23 - Two-time CART Champ Car champion Alessandro Zanardi born (1966).

- "Smiling" Ralph Mulford, who many consider the actual winner of the first Indy 500 instead of Ray Harroun, dies (1973).

October 24 - World of Outlaws racer Dave Blaney born (1962).

- Jo Siffert dies in wreck during non-championship F1 race at Brands Hatch, England (1971).

- James Hunt, driving for McLaren, finished third in the Japanese GP at Fuji and wins the World Driving Title by one point over Niki Lauda (1976).

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