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

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  1. Lemon (@lemon) said on 1st April 2011, 18:51

    26th of june 1920…………..april fools!!! In fact its 73 years after that in 1993 and the Europian grand prix is on my birthdayr1

  2. Oscar Becker (@super_swede_96) said on 12th April 2011, 19:47

    27th of December, 1996

  3. sebsronnie said on 15th April 2011, 15:09

    6th July 1980

  4. BraddersF1 (@braddersf1) said on 17th April 2011, 1:51

    My birthday was yesrrsay. April 16th. Well… Year 1987

  5. shaggymike (@shaggymike) said on 23rd April 2011, 8:34

    20 oct 1978

  6. 13th July 1995. Probalby the youngest here…

  7. Porschephile said on 26th April 2011, 11:06

    22nd October. Great, sandwiched between Korea and India.

    Who says Bernie is just after money from the subcontinent?

  8. Tororosso said on 27th April 2011, 16:18

    8th May 1977

  9. skodarap (@skodarap) said on 2nd May 2011, 9:11

    4th of May 1982

  10. thersquared (@thersquared) said on 18th May 2011, 6:58

    21 May 1991.

  11. driftin said on 3rd June 2011, 0:33

    24th may, 1984

  12. mitz1111 (@mitz1111) said on 10th June 2011, 7:12

    6th july 1989

  13. sebsronnie said on 10th June 2011, 10:04

    Since its coming up soon – 6th July 1980!

  14. Solo (@solo) said on 10th June 2011, 12:59

    28th July

  15. I was born in Lima, Peru on Aug 13th, 1984. Please add me to the birthday’s list

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