This Week in Racing History (January 22-28)

This Week in Racing History Michael Stucker January 22 Porsche 959s finish first (Metge/Lemoyne), second (Ickx/Brasseur), and sixth (Kussmaul/Unger) in the Paris-Dakar Rally (1986). January 23 The first annual Automotive Equipment Display and...

This Week in Racing History
Michael Stucker

January 22
Porsche 959s finish first (Metge/Lemoyne), second (Ickx/Brasseur), and sixth (Kussmaul/Unger) in the Paris-Dakar Rally (1986).

January 23
The first annual Automotive Equipment Display and Hot Rod Exhibition, presented by the Southern California Timing Association, opens at the National Guard Armory in Exposition Park, in Los Angeles, California (1948).

January 24
Dale Duncan puts out a fire in his Allard's engine compartment during the 1000 kilometer endurance race in Buenos Aires, Argentina, by urinating on it. His co-driver, Carroll Shelby, had thrown the fire extinguisher out of the car to save weight. They finish tenth. Shelby's driving skills are noticed by John Wyer, who would later hire him to drive for Aston Martin (1954).

January 25
The Ford Motor Company of Australia withdraws from motor racing (1974).

January 26
Fred Marriott sets a Land Speed record of 127.659 mph on Ormand Beach in Florida. The car is powered by a Stanley steam engine and uses an upside down Robertson canoe for the body (1906).

January 27
The new Shelby Ford Mustang GT350R is introduced to the press at Riverside International Raceway in Riverside, California, USA (1965).

January 28
Alan Connell, driving a Ferrari-engined Maserati Tipo 61, wins a SCCA National sports car race in Daytona, Florida, USA (1962).

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