What was the F1 news on your birthday?

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Autosport November 5th, 1981 (click to enlarge)
Autosport November 5th, 1981 (click to enlarge)
Yesterday F1 Fanatic celebrated its fourth brithday.

By sheer coincidence a couple of days ago I came across the issue of Autosport that was printed on my own birthday: November 5th, 1981 (see picture).

This got me thinking – can we find out what the big F1 news was on the day (or week) of all our birthdays?

So, post your birth date in the comments below and I’ll do my best to rummage through the stacks of Autosports, Motorsports and other motor racing magazines I have piled up to find out what was going on in the F1 world on that day…

An Autosport cover without F1 on it would be unthinkable these days – but on November 5th, 1981 the lead story was the Ivory Coast rally.

But the Formula Ford Festival is mentioned at the bottom of the cover – it was won by Tommy Byrne, a rival of Ayrton Senna. Byrne went on to have a brief F1 career and you can read more of his story in the excellent book “Crashed and Byrned” which came out last year.

Autosport November 5th, 1981, page two
Autosport November 5th, 1981, page two (click to enlarge)
There was big news in the F1 world that week though. Carlos Reutemann, who had lost the 1981 world championship to Nelson Piquet in the last round of the season at Las Vegas, announced he was leaving F1. This left Williams with no drivers at all, as Alan Jones had already announced his retirement. Opposite page two was a story about Keke Rosberg leaving the tail-end team Fittipaldi.

Reutemann started the 1982 season with Williams but left abruptly, leaving them with Rosberg, who went on to win the title. On the same page is a story about John Watson turning down a drive with the team for 1982 – Watson remained at Mclaren and fought Rosberg for the title until the final round.

In other F1 news that day, Riccardo Patrese was finally cleared of wrongdoing in the accident that had claimed Ronnie Peterson’s life at Monza in 1978. Race starter Gianni Restelli was also foung not guilty by a court in Milan.

What was the F1 news on your birthday?

Post your birth date below and we’ll see if F1 Fanatic readers can find out what the F1 news was on the day you were born.

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  1. Pete Walker
    6th March 2009, 10:39

    My birth date is May 24th 1984. Its a nice birthday to have actually, as every once in a while I get a birthday Monaco GP (1998, this season). :)

    1. Hey; I am born 1 day and 3 years later.
      25th May 1987.

      And Monaco GP was on 25th in 2008; not 24th :P

      Its cool to have a birthday in the holidays, I feel. I have celebrated mine in atleast 10 different cities so far ( out of 22).

    2. That’s the EXACT date of my birthday!

  2. 30th Nov 1991

  3. 6th February 1989

  4. 18th Sept 1975
    Niki Lauda became World Champion a week before, I think

  5. Friday 13th April 1984

  6. 30th April 1973

  7. Jan 3rd 1985… 4 days before Lewis’s, in a hospital a few miles south of Stevenage.

    I also share my birthday with Michael Schumacher, who would have been celebrating his 16th birthday.

  8. 10th January 1984 randomly the US and the vatican established full diplomatic relations. FACT. Need to get out more

    1. Just as well, otherwise there’d be a small crater in the middle of Rome by now.

    2. The small crater would be an ideal place to build a new track for the Rome GP.

    3. yep… the crater will make for a good oval ;-)

      1. Finally a new track with elevation changes….

  9. Oh everyone’s so young.

    2nd August 1972

    1. Uh uh I must be youngest
      3rd December 1995

      1. nope, 7 august 1998

        1. Nope 2000

        2. February 17th

        3. 4 Jan 1999

    2. 6 jan 2000

  10. Ted Tofield
    6th March 2009, 11:14

    Like Pete I get the occasional Monaco GP or even Indy 500

    30th May 1974

    Also: Number-one song in the charts today
    In the USA:
    “The Streak” by Ray Stevens


    1. Same here!
      May 30th, 1970 though!

  11. Christian Briddon
    6th March 2009, 11:15

    12th November 1969.

    Am I the oldest person here? I don’t feel that old. :-)

    I never get a GP on my birthday but looking at this years calendar we seem to be getting closer!!

    1. No, I’m older,sorry to say. 18th March 1960. There has been f1 GP’s on my birthday but I’ve never seen them live, all offers of 2tickets for my wife and I to see the British GP would be gratefully recieved, thank you, lol.

  12. 20th January 1965. One of the eldest here it seems! The great Jim Clark had won the South African Grand Prix on the first day of January, in his bid to win his second championship, which he would finally get with a perfect score of 54 points (9 points for each victory, only the best six round results could be retained).

    1. Shirleen Riffe
      4th March 2012, 0:09

      I might have the honors. 19 May 1959

      1. Nope, August 17, 1951 here. Been an F1 fan since 1961 when I discovered Road & Track magazine and followed Phil Hill’s championship.

    2. I’m close, 16th january 1968

  13. September 12th 1988. I always get either Monza or spa around then. I like it as they are the best tracks on the calander (until they get replaced by some random arab race).

    1. Well, I got the same day but a few years older. 1975. I’m hoping next year they have the Italian GP on the 10-12 Sept so I can celibrate my 40th (eeck) at the race…

  14. 25th November, 1969! Pah, the F1 driver’s these days…they don’t know they’re born! Hay bails for barriers, 4 wheels off the ground… and that was just the Silverstone car park!

  15. 27 April 1975… cor I’m old and didn’t know it. :-)

    1. 22 July 1951! Is anyone older than that?!!

      1. Absolutely nobody!!

        1. You are in error. My birthday is March 8, 1951, plus I am a 1973 Tasman Championship winning mechanic.

  16. 16 march 1984
    (very soon :p)

    The past years I got a nice gift as the first race weekend of the year :D

    1. happy birthday in advance

  17. Mine…. Dan Gurney won at Brands Hatch, driving an Eagle-Weslake T1G ‘102. Ickx, Brabham and Bruce (McLaren) were there also…

    Oldest here, by the moment. ;-)

  18. Nah… qazuhb is older than me… I feel a big relief…

  19. Hey i am youngest here.except smitty.. yuppy
    my birthday on 2nd march 1985. Just celebrated few days back.
    Hey keith,tell me what happened in F1 on my birthday.

  20. 22nd November 1982.
    England won the Rugby World Cup on my 21st Brthday – the best present ever – not sure F1 can produce something that spectacular, but I’d be happy to be surprised. Although a late november GP would be fab, it might just extend the season too far.

    1. Oooh same day as mine – except mine is 1985, England won the Rugby World Cup on my 18th

    2. Johnny Wilkinson won the rugby world cup for England. Most scores were divisible by 3… but that’s a debate for another day and another website. :-)

    3. Go 22nd November!! Albeit 1991 but that rugby match was an awesome b-day pressie for me too

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