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

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  1. 12th September 1995, just missed it!

  2. ju-rena (@ju-rena) said on 5th October 2012, 16:29

    7th of October 1990! (Just in time! ^^)

  3. Obi-Spa Kenobi (@obi-spa-kenobi) said on 9th October 2012, 5:41

    March 12th, 1980

  4. foleyger (@foleyger) said on 27th October 2012, 18:32

    7th August 1984

  5. the_sigman (@sigman1998) said on 30th October 2012, 14:59

    20th January 1998

  6. Claidheamh (@aseixas) said on 3rd November 2012, 1:15

    7th November 1991

  7. 5th November 1957

  8. Jonathon (@gambisk) said on 7th November 2012, 11:06

    30th May 1987 as far as I can tell the only interesting thing that happend is that philips unvield the CD to the world

  9. 02/sept/1963

  10. Monday July 17, 1967 Just two days after Jim Clark won the GP of Great Britain… I could only find one occurence of the GP actually on my birthday though, Great Britain (Silverstone?) in ’71.

  11. Mine is 24th November – I get a Brazilian GP next year on my birthday :) Now I just need a ticket :))

  12. Michael Brown (@) said on 17th November 2012, 1:51

    Mine is February 2, 1995.

  13. Sevrige (@sevrige) said on 20th November 2012, 1:36

    August 13th, 1990

  14. Piyush Arya said on 20th November 2012, 22:45

    21 nov 1989 . . .

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