This Week in Racing History (January 1-7)

This Week in Racing History Michael Stucker Correction Last week's entry for December 26 contained an error. The cars driven by Colin Chapman and Jim Clark at Brand Hatch that day in 1958 were Lotus Elites, not Elises. January 1 FISA bans ...

This Week in Racing History
Michael Stucker

Correction
Last week's entry for December 26 contained an error. The cars driven by Colin Chapman and Jim Clark at Brand Hatch that day in 1958 were Lotus Elites, not Elises.

January 1
FISA bans sliding skirts on race cars (1981).

January 2
First South Africa Grand Prix to be held on the Kayalami track near Johannesburg is won by Pedro Rodriguez at the wheel of a Cooper-Maserati. First F1 win for Rodriguez and last for Cooper (1967).

January 3
Sprintcar builder and Indy 500 crew chief Wally Meskowski dies at the age of 64 (1980).

January 4
Graeme Lawrence drives a Ferrari Dino 246 to victory in Tasman Cup race at Levin, New Zealand (1970).

January 5
Billy Wade is killed when his Bud Moore Mercury Marauder crashes during a tire test at Daytona, Florida, USA (1965).

January 6
The F1CA, soon to be rename FOCA, names Bernie Eccelstone the President of Administration and Chief Executive, Enzo Ferrari the President of Sport, and Max Mosley the Legal Advisor (1978).

January 7
Gioachini Columbo joins Alfa Romeo. He will later design the Alfetta 158 (1924).

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Series History
Drivers Pedro Rodriguez , Jim Clark , Colin Chapman