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

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  1. Preekel (@preekel) said on 3rd March 2012, 9:34

    8TH March 1982!

  2. jhr9988 (@rhj8899) said on 4th March 2012, 6:47

    17 oct 1990, same birthdate with kimi! :)

  3. Josie Maunders (@jbmaunders) said on 6th March 2012, 17:07

    April 7th 94!

  4. McLarenFanJamm (@mclarenfanjamm) said on 8th March 2012, 12:25

    4th July 1985

  5. ShaneB457 (@shaneb12345678910) said on 11th March 2012, 1:10

    22nd of march 1996

  6. Walton174 (@walton174) said on 17th March 2012, 2:27

    April 17th 94! :)

  7. pimbers4955 (@pimbers4955) said on 21st March 2012, 18:32

    12th August 93 :D

  8. HawksFan (@hawksfan) said on 26th March 2012, 16:45

    Mine is Nov 9th 1962… god iam old

  9. Arijit (@arijitmaniac) said on 28th March 2012, 6:33

    July 20th 1989. :)

  10. The keF said on 28th March 2012, 20:10

    I was born on the 21st of April 1992.

  11. FANL (@fanl) said on 29th March 2012, 0:05

    29’th of March 1975 is my birthday.

  12. mole (@mole) said on 29th March 2012, 9:27

    7th Jan 92.

    Same day as Lewis Hamilton!

  13. Imre (@f1mre) said on 29th March 2012, 12:38

    21st October. Piquet won on that day.

  14. dirgegirl (@dirgegirl) said on 30th March 2012, 9:52

    9th April 1972. Life begins at 40! Which is a bit worrying given how busy it’s been up to now!

  15. Hydro (@hydrouk) said on 4th April 2012, 10:32

    23rd of April 1991

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