This week in racing history (August 11-17)

People in this week in racing history include: Tazio Nuvolari, Jackie Ickx, Jo Bonnier, Rob Walker, Gordon Johncock, Vic Elford, Alain Prost

This Week in Racing History
Michael Stucker

August 11
Tazio Nuvolari, racing great between the world wars, dies of tuberculosis at his home in Mantua, Italy (1953).

1986 McLaren Tag MP4/2C (Alain Prost): Jenson Button
1986 McLaren Tag MP4/2C (Alain Prost): Jenson Button

Photo by: Dave Dyer

August 12
The Vintage Sports Car Club holds the last auto race at Donnington Park, in England, before the start of WWII (1939).

August 13
Gulf Mirage M1-Fords finish 1-2 in the sports car race at Karlskoga, Sweden. Jackie Ickx wins with Jo Bonnier second (1967).

August 14
F1 team owner Rob Walker born (1917).

August 15
Gordon Johncock drives a Wildcat-DGS to victory in the USAC Championship race at Trenton, New Jersey (1976).

August 16
Driving a Chaparral-entered Chevrolet Camaro, Vic Elford wins the SCCA Trans-Am race at Watkins Glen, New York, USA. Only Camaro Trans-Am win this year (1970).

August 17
Alain Prost wins the Austrian Grand Prix at the Osterreichring in a McLaren MP4/2C-TAG (1986).

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Series Vintage
Drivers Jenson Button , Vic Elford , Alain Prost , Gordon Johncock , Tazio Nuvolari
Article type Special feature
Tags bonnier, elford, history, ickx, johncock, nuvolari, prost, walker