This week in motor sport – February 6


This week in motor sport from the Archive and Database, with a home winner in the first Brazilian Grand Prix, plus a birthday for the only world champion on both two and four wheels. 

February 6

1997: Roger Laurent, ‘bike champion and non-championship Grand Prix racer, dies aged 83. In profile

2008: Tony Rolt dies aged 89. In profile

February 7

1963: Peter Selsdon, who drove for just an hour at Le Mans to victory with Luigi Chinetti in 1949, dies. In profile

1956: Le Mans-winning Dane John Nielsen is born. In profile

1983: Christian Klien is born. In profile

1999: Formula 1 podium finisher and Targa Florio winner Umberto Maglioli (above) dies. In profile

2002: Jack Fairman dies aged 88. In profile

February 8

1932: Cliff Allison is born. In profile

February 9

1937: South Africa’s first Grand Prix racer, Tony Maggs is born. In profile

1978: ‘King of the Mountains’ Hans Stuck dies aged 77. In profile

John Surtees, Mexico 1970 – Surtees TS7

February 10

Quiet day in motor sport…

February 11

1934: Champion on two wheels and four, John Surtees is born. In profile

1959: F3000 champion, Grand Prix racer and Champ Car winner Roberto Moreno is born. In profile

1973: A home winner – Emerson Fittipaldi claims the first Brazilian Grand Prix. Report

February 12

1987: Dennis Poore, F1 points-scorer on debut with Connaught, dies aged 70. In profile 

1940: Pre-war racer and once 24-hour record holder Selwyn Edge dies. In profile

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