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

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  1. RehMic (@mich747all) said on 2nd May 2013, 10:35

    20.6.1994 F1 fan since 2002

  2. Jonny705 (@jonny705) said on 5th May 2013, 11:34

    7th May 93

  3. David Craft (@crafty95) said on 17th May 2013, 1:03

    19th of May 1995. Only 2 days til I’m 18! Schumacher giving me a great present driving round the Nurburgring

  4. Jackson (@f10072012) said on 22nd May 2013, 8:47

    13th of June 1997
    Occasionally get Canada on my birthday

  5. Nina Wood said on 29th May 2013, 9:09

    My birthday is 23 November 2013

  6. DaveF1 (@davef1) said on 31st May 2013, 0:49

    5th June is my birthday :D

  7. mike-e (@mike-e) said on 7th June 2013, 1:19

    My birthday is the 30th of june 1986
    I know the 30th is also ralf schumachers birthday as it was on an old f1 calander I had around 98.

  8. mikeF1 (@mikef1) said on 15th June 2013, 12:10

    27nd July 1986

  9. Jack_Hider (@jackhider) said on 17th June 2013, 13:06

    19th June…

  10. jh1806 (@jh1806) said on 18th June 2013, 7:53

    18th June…today!

  11. Dirk (@dirksen) said on 19th June 2013, 14:11

    20th May 1989

  12. Simtek (@anto) said on 21st June 2013, 20:21

    23rd June.

  13. swh1386 (@swh1386) said on 5th July 2013, 4:12

    july 13th, 1986 :)

  14. Sean Doyle (@spdoyle17) said on 27th July 2013, 7:24

    29 July. Alonso lapped me twice.

  15. Spencer Ward (@sward28) said on 1st August 2013, 1:24

    September 28th, 1989, fan since ’97.

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