This Week in Racing History (December 25-31)

Mike Stucker, Historian

This Week in Racing History
Michael Stucker

December 25
Future World Superbike champion Colin Edwards receives his first motorcycle, a Suzuki JR50, as a Christmas present at the age of 3 (1977).

Colin Edwards
Colin Edwards

Photo by: Bridgestone Corporation

December 26
Engineer and designer Adrian Newey is born in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England (1958).

December 27
John Love and Bill Gunstan drive a Lola T212 to victory in the Springbok race at Pietmaritzburg, South Africa (1971).

December 28
Jim Clark wins the South African Grand Prix at East London driving a Lotus 25 (1963).

December 29
Carlo Chiti, one-time engineer for Alfa Romeo and Ferrari, and co-founder of both ATS and Autodelta, born in Pistola, Italy (1924).

December 30
William Tyler "Grumpy" Jenkins, drag racer and creator of the NHRA's Pro Stock class, born (1930).

December 31
Dindo Capella and Allan McNish drive an Audi R8 to victory in the ALMS "Race of Two Thousand Years" in Adelaide, Australia (2000).

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Drivers Allan McNish , Jim Clark , Colin Edwards , Adrian Newey
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