This week in racing history (December 29-January 4)
People in this week in racing history include: Cal Rayburn, William Tyler "Grumpy" Jenkins, Kenny Roberts Sr., Henry Seagrave, Pedro Rodriguez, Wally Meskowski and Otto Walker.
This Week in Racing History
Motorcycle racer Cal Rayburn is killed in a crash at Pukekohe, New Zealand (1973).
William Tyler "Grumpy" Jenkins, drag racer and creator of the NHRA's Pro Stock class, born (1930).
Photo by: Lucien Harmegnies
Kenny Roberts Sr., 3-time and first American 500cc motorcycle Grand Prix World Champion, born in Modesto, California, USA (1951).
Future auto racer and speed record holder Henry Seagrave receives his wings from the Royal Flying Corp (1916).
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).
Sprint car builder and Indy 500 crew chief Wally Meskowski dies at the age of 64 (1980).
Otto Walker, riding a Harley-Davidson, wins the 100-mile motorcycle race at Ascot Park in Los Angeles, California, USA (1920).
The Seventies: A decade dominated by Porsches
The Eighties: The reign of the IMSA prototypes