11-12 August: This Weekend in Motor Sport History

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Discover the momentous motor sports events that took place this weekend in history …….

~11 August~

Tazio Nuvolari

1953: Tazio Nuvolari (60), Italian motorcycle and driver, known as Il Mantovano Volante (The Flying Mantuan) or Nivola, died. He was the 1932 European Champion in motor racing. Dr Ferdinand Porsche called Nuvolari “The greatest driver of the past, the present, and the future.”

1963: Fred Lorenzen posted a dominant victory in the Western North Carolina 500 at Asheville-Weaverville Speedway (US), landing the ninth of his 26 career wins in ’s top series. Lorenzen, who drove a Holman-Moody Ford, led 452 of the 500 laps in lapping the field on the half-mile asphalt track. Richard Petty finished second, one lap back, with Jim Paschal third, another lap back in another Petty Enterprises Plymouth.

1985: The TWR Jaguar XJR-6 made its race debut in the 1000 km World Endurance Championship race at Mosport, Ontario, Canada. Manfred Winklehock was fatally injured in the crash of his 962 during the race which was won by Derek Bell and Hans Stuck driving a Rothmans Porsche 962.

1996: Jaques Villeneuve won the Hungarian Grand Prix, with Damon Hill making it a Williams 1-2.Jean Alesi was third in a Benetton.

~12 August~

1905: The first Shelsley Walsh speed event in Worcestershire was won by British driver Ernest Instone, who established the hill record by posting a time of 77.6 seconds for an average speed of 26.15 mph in his 35-bhp Daimler. The course was 992 yards in length, but in 1907 it was standardised at 1,000 yards, the length it remains today.

1916: (10-12th) The first Pike’s Peak hillclimb contest in the Rocky Mountains was held, to celebrate the completion of a new road built by Spencer Penrose, who presented a 60-lb silver trophy. It was won by Rea Lentz with a Romano Eight, which climbed in 20 minutes 55.6 seconds. The event is named after Lt Zebulon Pike who was commissioned by President Jefferson to carry out a survey in July 1806, but eventually abandoned as ‘utterly impossible’ his attempt to scale the 14,110 ft mountain.

1939: The Vintage Sports Car Club held the last auto race at Donington Park, in England, before the outbreak of World War II.

1951: Newcomer Tommy Thompson outlasted Curtis Turner in an epic slugfest to win the Motor City 250 at Detroit, US. Driving a Chrysler, Thompson survived a motorized rubdown with roughneck Turner, taking the lead with 18 laps remaining, and collecting $5,000 for the victory.

1956: Tim Flock (cover image) kept a steady pace to score the last of his 39 career victories in the only race for NASCAR’s top series at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, US. Flock led 17 of the 63 laps on the 4.1-mile road course, finishing 17 seconds ahead of Billy Myers in a 1-2 finish by Bill Stroppe-owned Mercuries. Fireball Roberts took third place.

1979: Alan Jones won the Austrian Grand Prix for Williams, with Jaques Villeneuve (Ferrari) second and Jacques Laffite third (Ligier). As Austria is high up in the Austrian mountains, the Renault turbo had an advantage and Rene Arnoux was on pole position with Alan Jones second. Then came Jean-Pierre Jabouille (Renault) and Niki Lauda in the fastest of the two Brabham-Alfa Romeos. The third row featured Gilles Villeneuve (Ferrari) and Clay Regazzoni (Williams) and the top 10 was completed by Nelson Piquet (Brabham-Alfa Romeo), Jacques Laffite (Ligier), Jody Scheckter (Ferrari) and Didier Pironi (Tyrrell). Villeneuve made an amazing start to take the lead from Jones, Lauda and Arnoux. Jabouille lost his clutch at the start and dropped to ninth but quickly caught up. Villeneuve stayed ahead until the third lap when Jones breezed ahead, while Arnoux quickly dispensed with Lauda. On lap 11 Arnoux moved to second place but he was then overtaken by Jabouille. The Renault team leader lasted only a couple of laps before the clutch finally stopped him and so Arnoux settled into second place with Villeneuve third, Scheckter fourth, Regazzoni fifth and Laffite sixth. Laffite soon moved ahead of Regazzoni and the order then stayed unchanged up front until the closing laps when Arnoux began to have fuel pickup problems in the final laps and had to pit. He dropped to sixth place. On the last lap Laffite overtook Scheckter to grab third place behind Jones and Villeneuve. Scheckter added to his World Championship total with fourth place and the final points went to Regazzoni and Arnoux.

1985: Manfred Winkelhock (33), was killed when he crashed heavily at turn 2 at Mosport Park of Bowmanville near Toronto, Ontario, Canada, during the Budweiser 1000 km World Endurance Championship event. He was driving a Porsche 962C for Kremer Racing with co-driver Marc Surer.

1990: Belgian driver Thierry Boutsen driving a Williams FW13B took his third and final Grand Prix win in Hungary after leading the entire race. Italian driver Alessandro Nannini driving a Benetton B190 challenged for a while, before being eliminated in a collision with Brazilian driver Ayrton Senna. Senna, driving a McLaren MP4/5B survived the incident and finished inches behind Boutsen with Brazilian three time world champion Nelson Piquet driving a Benetton B190 finishing third.

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