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

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  1. The Abbinator (@abbinator) said on 18th October 2013, 0:33

    20 Oct 1969?
    Thanks Keith, great site… Always my main info source!

  2. AlokIn (@) said on 18th October 2013, 5:58

    31st October 1979

  3. Sudhi (@mesudhi15) said on 18th October 2013, 6:52

    15th Sep 1989

  4. Diceman (@diceman) said on 18th October 2013, 6:52

    27th December, I doubt anything interesting happened in F1 on that date?

  5. João Leite (@johnmilk) said on 18th October 2013, 9:41

    19 November 1988

  6. Jorge H. (@kobe08) said on 21st October 2013, 8:51

    26th March 1984

  7. 18th october 1983

  8. rafael said on 28th October 2013, 13:50

    November 2

  9. Piotr Z. (@piotrzukowski) said on 3rd November 2013, 15:16

    13 November 1984. Comming up soon. Great site. Been following for a long time, but registered just today.

  10. khuzai said on 11th November 2013, 21:50

    Mine’s today! Born 12/11/80.

  11. John White (@jonty1512) said on 13th November 2013, 10:43

    15 December 1971

  12. December 1957, I am certain not much is happening except reindeer in that month. Matt looks like I have you beat.

  13. looseasagoose (@looseasagoose) said on 21st November 2013, 0:18

    19 Feb 1993

  14. Karthikeyan (@ridiculous) said on 22nd November 2013, 4:05

    23rd November

  15. Hi, my birthday is 29 January 1983

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