This Week in Racing History (November 30 - December 6)

This Week in Racing History November 30 - Meyer & Drake deliver the first new 255 Offenhauser Indycar engine to Jones & Maloney (1956). December 1 - Claude Bourbonnaise born (1966). - Ernesto Maserati dies of natural...

This Week in Racing History

November 30 - Meyer & Drake deliver the first new 255 Offenhauser Indycar engine to Jones & Maloney (1956).

December 1 - Claude Bourbonnaise born (1966).

- Ernesto Maserati dies of natural causes (1975).

December 2 - Leo Mehl named to head Indy Racing League (1996).

December 3 - NASCAR driver and team owner Bobby Allison born (1937).

- Wendell Scott, the first African-American NASCAR racer, dies of spinal cancer at age 69 (1990).

December 4 - CART driver Raul Boesel born (1957).

- Leo Goossen dies at age 82. Over the previous 53 years he had designed 25 racing engines and 12 race cars. He had worked for Miller, Offenhauser, Meyer-Drake, and others (1974).

December 5 - South African sportscar racer Sarel van der Merwe born (1946).

December 6 - Touring car racer Manuel Reuter born (1961).

- Chrysler engineers fire up 426 Hemi engine for the first time (1963).

Previous issues of This Week in Racing History can be found at the Motorsport News International website (http://www.motorsport.com/).

-- Michael Stucker | Anadrill Schlumberger, Sugar Land, Texas stucker$@sugar-land.spc.slb.com | Definately not Anadrill's opinion. Remove "$" from email address | Copyright Michael J. Stucker 1997 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- See my articles on the old Can-Am racing series (both 1:1 & scale models) at http://web-hou.iapc.net/~smh/ -- choose "Article Library". ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Consciousness: that annoying time between naps.

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Drivers Raul Boesel , Manuel Reuter , Bobby Allison , Claude Bourbonnais , Sarel van der Merwe , Wendell Scott