This week in racing history (August 25-31)

People in this week in racing history include: Lucy O'Reilly Schell, Charles Stewart Rolls, Lothat Motschenbacher, Dan Blocker, Keke Rosberg, Peter Gethin and Blaine Johnson.

This Week in Racing History
Michael Stucker

August 25
Lucy O'Reilly Schell finishes 12th, driving a Bugatti, in the Baule Grand Prix in France. She is the first, and only, American woman to drive in a Grand Prix, and she would drive in three more (1927).

Keke Rosberg, 1982 F1 World Champion drives the 1982 Williams FW08
Keke Rosberg, 1982 F1 World Champion drives the 1982 Williams FW08

Photo by: XPB Images

August 26
The final motor sport event held at Donnington Park, England, before the start of WWII is a motorcycle race. Motor racing will not return to Donnington until 1977 (1939).

August 27
Charles Stewart Rolls, one of the founder of Rolls-Royce Limited, is born (1877).

August 28
Lothat Motschenbacher wins the USRRC race at Mid Ohio in Lexington, Ohio, USA, driving the McLaren-Olds owned by actor Dan Blocker (1966).

August 29
Keke Rosberg drives a Williams to victory in the Swiss Grand Prix held in Dijon, France (1982).

August 30
Peter Gethin scores Team McLaren's 19th straight Can-Am victory when he wins at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, USA (1970).

August 31
Blaine Johnson killed in accident during qualifying for NHRA US Nationals drag race in Indianapolis, Indiana (1996).

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Series Vintage
Drivers Keke Rosberg , Peter Gethin
Teams Williams
Article type Special feature
Tags blocker, gethin, history, johnson, motschenbacher, rolls, rosberg, schell