This week in motor sport – August 8


This week in motor sport from the Archive and Database, featuring one of the greatest Grand Prix drivers ever, Hungarian and Austrian Grands Prix and much more.

August 8

1904: Tazio Nuvolari’s rival, Achille Varzi is born. In profile

1953: Nigel Mansell is born. In profile

August 9

1944: Patrick Depailler is born. In profile

1963: Double BTCC champion Alain Menu is born. In profile

1987: As Mansell retires late on, Nelson Piquet wins in Hungary days after telling Williams he’s leaving the team. Report

August 10

1910: Lorry driver-turned Formula 1 racer Guy Mairesse is born. In profile 

1914: Tennis champion, world class polo player, Grand Prix podium finisher; Carlos Menditeguy is born. In profile

1986: Piquet and Ayrton Senna do battle, with Piquet claiming the inaugural Hungarian Grand Prix. Report

August 11

1953: “The greatest driver of the past, present or the future” according to Ferdinand Porsche dies, Nuvolari. In profile

1991: A strong move from Senna at the first turn wins him the Hungarian Grand Prix. Report

August 12

1933: Parnelli Jones is born. In profile

1979: Alan Jones scores the third win in a row for Williams with victory in Austria. Report

1985: Manfred Winkelhock dies following a crash at Mosport in the World Sportscar Championship. In profile

August 13

1972: Barely a second covers the victorious Emerson Fittipaldi and runner-up Denny Hulme in Austria at the flag. Report

1978: Ronnie Peterson wins the Austrian Grand Prix, Gilles Villeneuve is on the Formula 1 podium for the first time. Report

1989: Nigel Mansell storms through the field in Hungary to victory. Report

August 14

1942: Jackie Oliver is born. In profile

1946: Tom Walkinshaw is born. In profile

1960: Jack Brabham wins his fifth Grand Prix in a row, taking victory in Portugal. Report

1977: Shadow claims its one and only Grand Prix victory as Alan Jones wins in Austria. Report

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