What was the F1 news on your birthday?

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

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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  1. i was born the 12th of december 1993

    never heard of any f1 things that happened on that exact date. another reason to dislike being born in december.

  2. 3rd July 1974

  3. 23 December 1952. Harry S Truman was president of the US, so that was a long time ago.

  4. My birthday is on Christmas eve 2003.

  5. My birthday is 6th February 1989 :)

  6. Will be thinking of Schumi on my birthday tomorrow and wishing him a happy birthday and a speedy recovery!

  7. My birthday is today (4th of January)
    Meant to do this the past 2 years but i finally remembered this time.

  8. Like Bosley above me, I’ve been meaning to add my birthday for years.
    Might be too late for this year, but either way, its 10th January 1985 (this Friday).

  9. 14th June 1999 for me. Any one else with the same birthday?

    P.S. I got 850th comment :p

  10. 28th January 1996

    Hopefully I’ll get a birthday shout-out in a few weeks!

  11. 13 January 1979. In just a few days :)

  12. Jason Sultana
    17th January 2014, 11:17

    My birthday is on 5th October 1986

  13. 19th July 1994. This year it’ll be right in the middle of “Zee” German GP weekend!

  14. 13 December 1968

  15. sridhar gopalkrishnan
    26th January 2014, 12:10

    My birthday is 30 Jan.

  16. June 26, 1993

  17. 13 June 2000. Now beat that!

  18. drew (@the-speedster)
    2nd February 2014, 14:47

    November 20 1998

  19. 11/2/94
    20th birthday tommoow

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