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

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  1. kozo.higashi (@kozo-higashi) said on 12th June 2011, 13:23

    20th August

  2. JCost (@jcost) said on 21st June 2011, 7:32

    I was born on June 21st 1984. My mother was also born on a June 21st, but 59 years ago.

    I’m José Carlos Costa and She’s Rosalina Costa.


  3. Doance (@doance) said on 21st June 2011, 9:08

    28th October 1993. In Launceston then moved to Adelaide in November of 1994.

  4. pemsell (@pemsell) said on 22nd June 2011, 11:37

    27 August

  5. Elliot Horwood said on 29th June 2011, 0:19

    Hey my Birthday is on 6th July and im 18 :)

  6. robk23 (@robk23) said on 29th June 2011, 11:36

    19th July 1992!

  7. WizardOfOz said on 5th July 2011, 12:45

    My birthday is on July 18. I love having a summer holiday in Canada.

  8. HoolyF1 (@hoolyf1) said on 5th July 2011, 13:26

    13 July 1996

  9. A-Safieldin said on 7th July 2011, 1:33

    Nov 12 1993

  10. Meander (@meander) said on 10th July 2011, 1:54

    01 Sept ’81

  11. Dirceu said on 21st July 2011, 13:15

    July 21, 1986

  12. Younger Hamii said on 21st July 2011, 18:03

    24th July 1996

  13. F1antics (@f1antics) said on 26th July 2011, 8:50

    6th August 1958.
    The Everly Brothers were in the middle of a 7-week run at the top of the UK charts with All I Have To Do Is Dream.

    Has there always been a summer break in F1?

  14. 11th December 1991. If Bahrain had been moved to October the Indian GP would have been on my birthday.

  15. Saints (@saints) said on 31st July 2011, 22:02

    Hey :)

    20th September

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