This Week in Racing History

October 4 - First shakedown of prototype Bugatti 251 Grand Prix racer (1955).

October 5 - Barney Oldfield makes his road racing debut in the US Grand Prize race in Milwaukee driving the repaired Fiat that David Bruce- Brown died in four days earlier (1912).

- Jochen Rindt wins his first Grand Prix, the USGP at Watkins Glen, New York (1969).

October 6 - Bema Eli "Barney" Oldfield dies in Beverly Hills, California, USA, at age 69 (1946).

- Jackie Stewart wins the USGP at Watkins Glen, New York, in a Matra-Ford. Mario Andretti, in his first F1 race, had put his Lotus-Ford on pole. Also Bobby Unser's first GP, in a BRM (1968).

October 7 - Ronnie Peterson, driving a JPS Lotus-Ford, beats James Hunt, in a Hesketh March-Ford, by .6 seconds to win the USGP at Watkins Glen, New York. Lotus clinches World Constructors Championship (1973).

October 8 - Innes Ireland drives a Lotus-Climax to victory in the USGP. First USGP held at Watkins Glen, New York. First Team Lotus win in a championship qualifying Grand Prix. Tony Brooks finishes third in his last GP (1961).

- 1995 NHRA Junior Dragster of the Year Erica Enders born (1983).

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