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

  1. 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…

  2. Tom said on 6th March 2009, 13:12

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

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

    .oO(I wonder if Autosport existed in 1948)

  4. Daniel said on 6th March 2009, 13:24

    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.

  5. Les said on 6th March 2009, 13:30

    March 8th 1981, your older than me Keith!

  6. Glen said on 6th March 2009, 13:33

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

  7. TommyB said on 6th March 2009, 13:41

    It was my birthday yesterday too! :) 20th

  8. Phil G. said on 6th March 2009, 13:49

    Let’s try: 19th july 1989.

  9. Selidor said on 6th March 2009, 14:44

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

    • Christiam said on 7th January 2010, 1:17

      24th September 1980!!!

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

  10. Romulo Shortback said on 6th March 2009, 15:00

    My turn: 9th january 1985!

  11. October 7th, 1972

    A month after Emerson Fittipaldi won his first World Championship. :-)

  12. ONE month, I mean.

  13. cwojdek said on 6th March 2009, 15:36

    22nd of September 1974 :)

  14. Amy said on 6th March 2009, 15:41

    I was born during the Spanish GP Weekend 1986, on Saturday 12/4/86 to be precise. The news was probably Senna dominating everything, or the fact it was the first race weekend at Jerez!

  15. Steve said on 6th March 2009, 15:50

    17 FEB 1983

    The Daytona 500 falls on my birthday every few years, but I really don’t follow NASCAR so I don’t get too excited about that.

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