From the Archive – Behra to Rossiby Jack Phillips on 19th February 2016
Jean Behra was born 95 years ago this week, a childhood hero of Nigel Roebuck and a man who 'never knew the meaning of fear' according to DSJ. Enzo Ferrari, whose employment of Behra ended in such controversy, was also born this week, in 1898.
Born exactly one year before Behra was Tony Crook, racer and long-time custodian of Bristol Cars.
Two greats of American racing celebrate birthdays on the same day, Saturday February 20. Roger Penske, a talented racer but better known for his hugely successful eponymous race team, celebrates his 79th birthday, while Bobby Unser turns 82.
American racing lost one of its heroes 15 years ago when Dale Earnhardt Sr crashed fatally at Daytona.
Le Mans winners Alexander Wurz, 42, and Andy Wallace, 55, celebrated birthdays, while winner of the second 24 Hours of Le Mans – after coming so close the year before – Frank Clement died 46 years ago. Another nearly man of La Sarthe, Richard Lloyd, would have been 71.
Most recently, Valentino Rossi, arguably the greatest motorcycle rider of all time, turned 37 as he prepares for yet another season near the front of MotoGP.