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

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  1. Abhishek said on 9th March 2009, 14:37

    12 july, 1983..pls find any news..also, good data you will have Keith to find age variance of the readers of the blog :)

  2. Am I the youngest one? I was born at 27th November 1991. It was the last year when Senna, Prost, and Mansell all raced on the track together. Anyway, please visit my blog. I made some car blueprints including the F60 & F2008. I need your comments :D

  3. Sasquatsch said on 10th March 2009, 20:44

    2 October 1966

    Jim Clark wins the US GP in a Lotus BRM.

  4. On my birthday, F1 cognoscenti were probably still discussing Nelson Piquet Sr.’s victory at his home race, which opened the 1986 season three days earlier (he took fastest lap en route).

    Less likely to have been discussed were Riccardo Patrese getting the 15th-fastest lap for a then-record-breaking 10th time and Piercarlo Ghinzani getting the 23rd-fastest lap for a then-record-breaking 5th time.

    Probably not the most memorable race ever, come to think of it…

  5. Arun said on 14th March 2009, 7:32

    22nd December 1982, I know it should be a great news, 1982nd season was one of the all time best.

  6. 20th July 1980.

    The best race by Rubens Barrichello in 2003 (British GP)!

    He was simply awesome.

  7. March 25, 1982

  8. Arun Srini said on 31st December 2009, 13:31

    22nd Dec – 1982 – the winter solstice

  9. Stephen said on 31st December 2009, 13:34

    September 7, 1987.

  10. three4three said on 31st December 2009, 13:37

    4th May 1984.

  11. verstappen said on 31st December 2009, 14:30

    27 february 194

  12. verstappen said on 31st December 2009, 14:30

    27 february 1974

  13. Penelope Pitstop said on 31st December 2009, 14:41

    7 August 1985

  14. richpea said on 31st December 2009, 14:53

    Christmas Eve, 1976.

    A rubbish date to have a birthday!

  15. My birthday is Nov 26

  16. MPJ1994 said on 31st December 2009, 16:02

    29th January 1994

  17. 2 October 1990

  18. Ned Flanders said on 31st December 2009, 16:14

    20th May 1990

  19. Steve_P83 said on 31st December 2009, 16:32

    February 17, 1983

    Not much F1 stuff happening that time of the year.

  20. steph90 said on 31st December 2009, 16:43

    15th December 1990

    Great idea Keith :)

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