This Week in Racing History (December 12-18)

This Week in Racing History Michael Stucker December 12 Phillip Payne, driving the Baldwin Payne Special in the Sports Car class, wins the "Sports Cars vs. Hotrods" race at Van Nuys, California, USA (1948). December 13 Dr. Ferdinand Porsche ...

This Week in Racing History
Michael Stucker

December 12
Phillip Payne, driving the Baldwin Payne Special in the Sports Car class, wins the "Sports Cars vs. Hotrods" race at Van Nuys, California, USA (1948).

December 13
Dr. Ferdinand Porsche starts his own company (1930).

December 14
John von Neuman drives his Porsche 356SL (a 356 coupe he chopped the roof off of) to victory in the under-1500cc main event at Torrey Pines, California, USA (1952).

December 15
Six-time IMSA Camel GT champion Peter Gregg commits suicide (1980).

December 16
Florian Camathias sets three 500cc sidecar motorcycle world records (1958).

December 17
Craig Breedlove takes delivery of two American Motors AMXs that he and his wife Lee will use to set 90 new Class C and 16 new Class B long distance speed records (1967).

December 18
F1 racer Lorenzo Bandini born (1936).

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