This Week in Racing History (June 22-28)

This Week in Racing History Michael J. Stucker June 22 Filming of staged racing sequences for the movie "Le Mans" begins (1970). June 23 Volker Wiedler, Johnny Herbert, and Bertrand Gachot drive a Mazda 787B to victory in the 24 Hours of Le ...

This Week in Racing History
Michael J. Stucker

June 22
Filming of staged racing sequences for the movie "Le Mans" begins (1970).

June 23
Volker Wiedler, Johnny Herbert, and Bertrand Gachot drive a Mazda 787B to victory in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. First Le Mans win for a Japanese auto manufacturer and for a Wankel engine (1991).

June 24
NASCAR driver Jim Bown born (1960).

June 25
John Pratt drives a Lola to victory in the Townsend Thoreson FF1600 race at Oulton Park, England (1983).

June 26
Marco Lucchinelli, 1981 500cc Mototrcycle Grand Prix World Champion, born in Caparana, Italy (1954).

June 27
Eric Thompson and Jack Fairman drive an HRG to the 1500cc class win, and eigth overall, in the 24 Hours of Le Mans (1949).

June 28
Louis Klemantaski, one of the world's greatest racing photographers, dies at the age of 89 (2001).

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Drivers Johnny Herbert , Bertrand Gachot