30. März – Leider scheint es von diesem Fahrer, der hier auf McLaren abgebildet ist, nur schwarz-weiss Bilder zu geben. Was hat es mit diesem Bilddokument auf sich?
Auch heute Zeitmangel, gegen Abend gibt es Übersetungen.
Luciano Bianchi was born in Milan and moved with his family to Belgium at young age, later got the Belgian citizenship and gradually was called Lucien Bianchi. A competent allrounder, Bianchi could do it all: single seater racing, sports car racing and rally driving. In Formula 1 he raced for the Cooper, Emeryson, Lotus, ENB, Lola and BRM teams. In 17 Grands Prix in nine years he scored one podium as his best result, but never a got the chance for a works drive. Winner at Le Mans in 1968 he was killed in testing for the 1969 event.
Born: 10th of November 1934 in Milan, Italy;
Died 30th of March 1969 in Le Mans, France, aged 34.
André de Cortanze joined Jean Redele’s Automobiles Alpine in Dieppe after he graduated in 1967 with an engineering degree from the Institut National des Sciences Appliquees in Lyons. His first big success was the Alpine A364 Formula 3 car, followed by the Elf machine that took the title in the 1976 European Formula 2 championship with Jabouille at the wheel. That same year he designed the Alpine A500, a prototype F1 chassis, fitted with a turbocharged Renault engine, and at the end of 1976 de Cortanze was put in charge of development for what would turn out to the 1978 Le Mans 24 Hours race winning car. In the early 1980s Jean Todt hired André as technical director of Peugeot Talbot Sport. The duo was responsible for the company’s victories in rallying, rally raids and then sport scars, including two more Le Mans 24 Hours victories under the Peugeot Sport banner. In September 1993 the Frenchman moved to Sauber to head the team’s F1 program and at the end of 1995 to the Ligier F1 team. In January 1997 de Cortanze became technical director of Team Toyota Europe to lead the company’s 3rd attempt to win the Le Mans 24 Hours race, followed by the creation of a Formula 1 team. He was named Toyota Motorsport’s F1 project leader at the start of 2000, but left in May 2001. He later accepted the role of technical director of the Pescarolo sports car team.
Baron Manuel de Teffé von Hoonholtz was the son of the Brazilian ambassador in Rome in the 1920s and early 30s and a diplomat himself later on, got elected as best local driver in his native Brazil in 1937. He’d also been instrumental in organizing the race at the Gávea circuit in Rio de Janeiro, which he won in 1939, turning it into the first international racing event in Brazil bringing over European drivers to race in Brazil during the late 30s.
Born: 30th of March 1905;
Died: 1st of January 1967.
Yves Giraud-Cabantous began his motor racing career in 1924. In 1950 he joined the official Talbot team and by finishing 4th in the British Grand Prix became the first French driver to score World Championship points. He raced until 1957 when he retired to concentrate on a business he had established earlier. Yves Giraud-Cabantous died in 1973 at 68 years of age and still running his transportation business in Paris.
Born: 8th of October 1904 in St. Gaudens, France;
Died: 30th of March 1973 in Paris, France, aged 68.
Peter Hirt was a wealthy Swiss businessman from Küssnacht who’s debut in the World Championship came at the 1951 Swiss Grand Prix at the wheel of a Veritas Meteor. For 1952 he teamed up with compatriot Rudi Fischer to create Ecurie Espadon and both men drove the Swiss based team’s Ferrari in several Grands Prix during the following two seasons, Hirt totaling five GP starts in his career.
Born: 30th of March 1910 in Lenzburg, Switzerland
Died: 28th of June 1992 in Zürich, Switzerland, aged 82.
Edmund Jordan initially had ambitions as a driver and became the 1974 Irish Karting Champion. His driver’s career went as far as competing in the 1979 Donington round of the European Formula 2 championship. At the end of that year he set up Eddie Jordan Racing, finally winning the British Formula 3 title in 1987 with Johnny Herbert driving. Jordan also ran a team in F3000 that dominated the 1989 series with Jean Alesi and that same year Eddie established his F1 team Jordan Grand Prix that would enter Grand Prix racing in 1991. In 1998 Jordan hired ex-World Champion Damon Hill and, powered by Mugen Honda engines, at Spa the combination was successful with Hill beating his team-mate Ralf Schumacher to score a Jordan 1-2, the team’s first victory. In 1999 Hill was joined by Heinz-Harald Frentzen who won the French and Italian GPs and finished 3rd in the World Championship. From the 2000 season seemed began down spiraling with Giancarlo Fisichella managing a singular win in an incident stricken 2003 Brazilian Grand Prix.. After the 2005 season ever amounting debts forced Eddie Jordan to sell his team to Russian born entrepreneur Alex Schnaider.
Rudolf Krause was among the first racers to return to national competition in East Germany after WW2, then mostly run on public roads. In the early 1950s Krause was one of the top drivers in the East German Formula 2 championship, hence he was granted traveling permission to the West to represent his country in the 1952 and 1953 German Grand Prix. The event was run under F2 regulations at the time and Rudolf got himself private entries on BMW-powered specials, achieving a 14th place in the 1953 event as his best result. Unlike many others, Rudolf Krause didn’t take the opportunity to deflect to the West to further his racing career and remained in the East until his death in 1987, shortly after his 80th birthday.
Born: 30th of March 1907 in Reichenbach, Germany;
Died: 11th of April 1987 in Reichenbach, Germany, aged 80.
Michael Thackwell waltzed through the British junior formulae scene to race for the ICI March Formula 2 team in 1980, replacing injured Arrows Formula 1 driver Jochen Mass in the Dutch Grand Prix. He failed to qualify but got another chance a few weeks later, still 19 years young, driving a 3rd Tyrrell at the Canadian Grand Prix, becoming the youngest driver ever to take part in a round of the Formula 1 World Championship. Considered to be one of the stars of the future, Thackwell was signed by the Ralt-Honda Formula 2 works but a huge accident at Thruxton, suffering head injuries and a badly broken foot, set his career back. He finished runner-up to Jonathan Palmer in the European F2 Championship in 1983 and finally fetched the title the following year. In F1 a couple of one off drives with RAM and Tyrrell and a test with Williams lead to nothing, replacing the injured Rick Mears in Roger Penske’s CART team didn’t open up any opportunities either. He then struck a deal to race in the new Formula 3000 and won the category’s 1st ever race. Despite adding another 2 wins to his tally he finished the year runner-up to Christian Danner. A deal to race with the TWR Jaguar team stood in his way when Guy Ligier approached him, looking for a replacement for Andrea de Cesaris, In 1986 the New-Zealander won races in Formula 3000 both in Europe and Japan and scored Mercedes-Benz‘ first major modern racing success when he shared a Sauber with Henri Pescarolo to win the rain soaked Nürburgring 1000km race. But attempts to get into F1 all fell flat and at the end of 1987. At still only 26 Mike Thackwell was forced to retire from motor sport due to lack of opportunities. He’s had a variety of jobs in between being a helicopter pilot shuttling oil workers to and from drilling platforms, working as steeplejack and miner and then a special needs teacher in Merton. Nowadays Mike lives in the south of the UK and runs a skateboard and surf shop , the kind of sports he like to practice himself in his spare time.