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.

Read more: F1 Fanatic is four!

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  1. Sush Meerkat
    6th March 2009, 12:06

    5th May 1981

  2. Hmm, well good luck finding F1 news on 24th December 1977.

    1. Scott Joslin
      6th March 2009, 16:03

      Ditto that, Mine is December 27 1979, not much racing then!

  3. Birthdate 28.6.1966. Started follow F1 in the 80’s

  4. Hey my birthdate is 01/11/1989 would be cool to know what the news was for me :P

    1. Blimey… that’s only a week before the Berlin wall fell… I remember that week!!

  5. Keith, how bout putting a brithday booth on the site, wishing F1F users on their birthdays…

    1. Not a bad idea! Will look into how I could do it…

  6. Nov 30th, 1984 for me Keith.

    1. same birthday………

  7. Rick DeNatale
    6th March 2009, 12:48

    You are all kids!

    I was born on December 8, in the same year Fangio won his first driving title.

    Only two seasons and 15 Formula One Grands Prix had taken place by the day I was born.

    1. I was born the same day, same month, like Jim Morrison ;)
      But I am 31 years youger than you, Rick DeNatale.

      Or say it other way – I am almost 2 years (except one day), older than Robert Kubica.

  8. I’m 13th Feb 1979!


  9. October 15th, 1989 :P

    probably you’ll find some championship being decided by the time

  10. 21st march 1978

    aryton senna was also born on 21st march in 1960

    the british formula one season in 1978 started on 24th march……..

  11. I was born on May 26th, 1977, 4 days after that year’s Monaco GP. But I wouldn’t know where to start looking for motor sport news from that exact day…

  12. I’m afraid I’m snatching the title of youngest here.
    15th Feb 1990. A month before the US Grand Prix according to Wikipedia.

    1. Afraid Richard a bit further up was born in ’91…

        1. My date of birth: 29th May 1971

          My guess is a Monaco GP fact.

  13. You really know how to hurt a guy, Keith – I am older than F1…

    .oO(I wonder if Autosport existed in 1948)

  14. November 30 1994. Dont know much what happened, but know it was the year of Senna’s passing, Schumachers first championship and speeds were greatly reduced by stupid chicanes everywhere.

    1. hey man we share same birthday although im 3 years older than you!

  15. March 8th 1981, your older than me Keith!

    1. Actually, no, I’m eight months younger!

      How do I do a smiley with the tongue sticking out… :-p

    2. Doh I got it wrong. A kind of Murry-esque moment for there then!

  16. Friday 13th January, 1984. Not usually a busy time for F1 news…

    1. 13th January for me too. :)

  17. It was my birthday yesterday too! :) 20th

  18. Let’s try: 19th july 1989.

    1. That’s mine too! :D

  19. 24th september 1989. Gehard Berger won in Portugal according to F1.com

    1. 24th September 1980!!!

      24th September 1995 David Coulthard won his first F1 Grand Prix in Portugal.

  20. Romulo Shortback
    6th March 2009, 15:00

    My turn: 9th january 1985!

    1. We’re almost nearly birthday buddies!

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