What was the F1 news on your birthday?

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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939 comments on What was the F1 news on your birthday?

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  1. July 24 1966 … and this year i have the German GP on my birthday.

    But i am celebrating a week earlier as my Wife Alison has got me 2 tickets (Platinum) for the British Grand Prix and we have 3 Day Club Tickets ….. Plus we’re camping there also. Hope all the new buildings, pits and grand stands as mentioned for this years race are completed on time!

  2. My date of birth? July 12, 1976. I know that Guy Ligier and Paul Morgan (one of the dudes that founded Ilmor) were born at the same day (diferent years, of course), and I was born eleven years before the famous overtaking mavouver of Nigel Mansell over Nelson Piquet in Silverstone. What a birthday gift, to be honest!

  3. Hey Keith,

    It’s my birthday tomorrow!
    January 13 (1976)

    Hope I make it onto the round-up. Mum will be so proud :)

  4. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 12th January 2011, 8:08

    April 16th 1987 :)

  5. Dougy_D (@dougy_d) said on 14th January 2011, 8:41

    July 11th 1984 – Always around the British Grand Prix yet still waiting for someone to buy me tickets as a present :(

  6. Kevin said on 14th January 2011, 9:49

    28 Feb 1981

  7. Straightline (@straightline) said on 16th January 2011, 10:03

    8 Feb 1951

  8. madbikerbob said on 21st January 2011, 10:38

    26th Feb 1985

  9. HSVLVR (@hsvlvr) said on 3rd February 2011, 4:56

    August 18, 1994

  10. Willis (@willis) said on 11th February 2011, 0:48

    11th of February 1992 – hopefully it is not to late to be included today :P

  11. 6 Mar 1983

  12. Kaylee911 (@kaylee911) said on 12th February 2011, 17:25

    22 April 1952 – blimey I feel ancient!!

  13. olliekart (@) said on 13th February 2011, 15:31


  14. taurus said on 14th February 2011, 2:41

    May 9 1984. Occasionally I get the Spanish GP as an exciting and memorable present…………!

  15. Radoye (@radoye) said on 14th February 2011, 4:03

    September 22, 1973.

    On the day i was born, Ronnie Peterson put his Lotus on pole at Mosport.

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