Jack Brabham took an historic Monaco Grand Prix win, the first for an Australian driver and also for the Cooper Car Company in his mid-engined T51 Climax in 1959.
Tony Brooks was second a Ferrari 246 with Maurice Trintignant third in Rob Walker’s Cooper. Also in Monaco, Graham Hill won the ‘64 Grand Prix from BRM teammate Richie Ginther and survivor Peter Arundell’s Lotus, while Jochen Rindt took the 1970 win for Lotus Cosworth from Jack Brabham’s Brabham Cosworth and Henri Pescarolo in a Matra.
Formula 1 moved to Spain more recently on this day, which race Mika Häkkinen won from McLaren-Mercedes MP4-13 teammate David Coulthard and Michael Schumacher’s Ferrari in ’98. Jenson Button led Rubens Barrichello to a Brawn-Mercedes 1-2 over Mark Webber’s Red Bull-Renault in 2009 and it was another Barcelona Mercedes 1-2 as Nico Rosberg beat Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel’s Ferrari in 2015.
Looking almost a century further back, William Taylor won the 1917 AAA Champ Car Universal Trophy, while Earl de Vore took his Miller to his one and only Champ Car at AAA Champ Car Series at Charlotte in 1926. The 1936 Tripoli Grand Prix proved controversial for Auto Union when the team ordered Hans Stuck to move over and let teammate Achille Varzi win.
In sportscar racing, the abovementioned Hans Stuck’s son Hans-Joachim and Dieter Quester’s BMW 3.0 CSL won at Riverside in 1975 before three Silverstone 6-hours over the years. Harald Grohs, Walter Rohrl and Dieter Schornstein’s Porsche 935 won the 1981 race, Eddie Cheever and Raul Boesel’s Jaguar XJR-8 in ’87 and Derek Warwick and Yannick Dalmas’ Peugeot 905B ’92, while Christian Klein, Nicolas Minassian and Simon Pagenaud’s Peugeot 908 took the 2009 Spa 1000.
On the day that F1 racer Nick Heidfeld and Indy star Helio Castroneves share birthdays, Lorenzo Bandini succumbed aged 31 to his severe injuries three days after Monaco 1967 Monaco Grand Prix. Former amateur F1 racer Toni’ Branca passed away at 68 in 1985 and legendary American driver manufacturer Carroll Shelby passed aged 89 in 2012.