This Week in Racing History
Mickey Thompson drives the 4-engined, 4-wheel drive Challenger to 406.600 mph on the Bonneville Salt Flats, but he sets no speed record when a drive shaft falls out on the return run (1960).
Giuseppi Compari and Baconin Mario Umberto Borzacchini are killed when both their cars crash during the second heat of the Italian Grand Prix at Monza. Count Stanislao Czaykowski dies in another accident during the final race. Luigi Fagioli wins the event in a Scuderia Ferrari Alfa Romeo Type B/P3 (1933).
Rollie Free sets a new AMA Class A motorcycle speed record of 156.58 mph on the Bonneville Salt Flats (1950).
Ronnie Peterson drives a March 712 to victory in the European F2 Championship race at Tulln-Langenlabarn, Autria (1971).
Porsche wins their first Can-Am race when Tony Dean drives his 908 to victory at Road Atlanta in Georgia, USA (1970).
Les Graham, the first (1949) 500cc Motorcycle Grand Prix World Champion, is born in London, England (1911).
Ronnie Peterson wins the F3 race at Moza, Italy, driving a Tecno (1968).