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.

Read more: F1 Fanatic is four!

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

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  1. Ives; F1 said on 14th February 2011, 11:27

    15 Februrary 1994

  2. 3rd July 1959.

  3. Crispin said on 16th February 2011, 7:29

    29th November

  4. Crispin said on 16th February 2011, 7:30

    (1995)

  5. nitin24 said on 23rd February 2011, 16:19

    March 12, 1980

  6. Rob Wilson said on 7th March 2011, 0:56

    My Birthday is March 16th, hope i get a mention! :D

  7. fahadalam007 (@fahadalam007) said on 7th March 2011, 10:00

    My B-day is today March 7th 1997

  8. 14Nov1980

  9. JT19 (@jt19) said on 18th March 2011, 22:36

    I was born 3rd April 1989.

    Which is in a couple of weeks, cannot wait.

  10. Gary Richardson said on 20th March 2011, 20:52

    21 march tomorrow yesssss!

  11. Yuri Kofman said on 31st March 2011, 2:21

    March 31st!!

  12. Malibu_GP said on 31st March 2011, 9:13

    Aug 28th 1969

  13. phildick (@phildick) said on 31st March 2011, 10:08

    February 19th, 1976

  14. t3x (@t3x) said on 1st April 2011, 2:33

    2nd January here, thanx

  15. matt88 (@matt88) said on 1st April 2011, 10:56

    5th April 1988

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