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

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  1. 3rd December 1996

  2. villalon (@) said on 29th November 2011, 14:03

    November 29, 1976

  3. August, 08, 1991

  4. Wes (@wes) said on 30th November 2011, 8:27

    argh…August 10, 1991. -.-

  5. sw6569 (@sw6569) said on 3rd December 2011, 8:17

    4th December 1987

  6. RagingInferno (@raginginferno) said on 3rd December 2011, 13:17

    7th January 1995.

  7. ScuderiaVincero (@scuderiavincero) said on 4th December 2011, 3:54

    21st of August 1991. I see 4 days later would have been Michael Schumacher’s debut.

  8. tattsbrah (@xbarrettmatex) said on 7th December 2011, 9:24

    Yeaa 8th of December ’94

  9. DuncF1 (@duncf1) said on 12th December 2011, 13:12

    I was born on 31st May 1980. I don’t know what the motorsport gossip was on the actual day, but Carlos Reutemann had just won the Monaco GP a couple of weeks earlier.

  10. akshay.it (@akshay-it) said on 13th December 2011, 5:01

    7th January ’84

  11. Tifoso1989 (@tifoso1989) said on 17th December 2011, 10:16

    14th June 1989 exactly 10 days after senna’s win in the US gran prix & 4 days before Prost’s win in the canadian gran prix

  12. Stig 3 (@thestig94) said on 18th December 2011, 9:42

    22nd December 1994; don’t know what happened that day but Nigel Mansell had won the Australian Grand Prix a month earlier.

  13. Liam Stroud (@comabvbsixx) said on 19th December 2011, 21:56

    30th December 1993 – No idea.

  14. charlieshan (@charlieshan) said on 22nd December 2011, 0:37

    6th february 1992

  15. alvink (@alvink) said on 30th December 2011, 0:49

    31 Dec 1970 – hope something big happened on that day. Happy new year everyone!!!

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