This Week in Racing History (December 30 -January 5)

People in this week in racing history include Jackie Ickx, Donald Campbell, Mark Donohue

This Week in Racing History
Michael Stucker

December 30
William Tyler "Grumpy" Jenkins, drag racer and creator of the NHRA's Pro Stock class, is born (1930).

December 31
Donald Campbell pilots the Bluebird K7 to a water speed record of 276.33 mph on Lake Dumbleyung in Australia (1964).

Jacky Ickx
Jacky Ickx

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January 1
F1 racer and multiple Le Mans winner Jackie Ickx is born in Brussels, Belgium (1945).

January 2
Walter Sobraske, machinist for Miller, Schofield, Offenhauser, and Meyer & Drake (later shop foreman), born in West Virginia, USA (1901).

January 3
Sprint car builder and Indy 500 crew chief Wally Meskowski dies at the age of 64 (1980).

January 4
Graeme Lawrence drives a Ferrari Dino 246 to victory in Tasman Cup race at Levin, New Zealand (1970).

January 5
Mark Donohue wins the SCCA A Production race at Upper Marlboro, Maryland, driving a Cobra (1964).

Michael Stucker

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Series Vintage
Drivers Jacky Ickx , Mark Donohue
Article type Special feature
Tags campbell, donohue, ferrari, history, ickx, indy 500, nhra, offenhauser, scca, stucker