27. April – Seit Jahren ist Dr. Helmut Marko der Talentsucher und Motorsport-Berater von Red Bull-Boss Dietrich Mateschitz. Dabei war Marko selbst, oben im Zwekampf mit dem Brasilianer José Carlos Pace beim GP von Belgien, Österreichs vielversprechender Vertreter in der Formel 1, als ein Niki Lauda gerade mal seine ersten GPs bestritt. Bedauerlicherweise endete seine Karriere, als beim GP von Frankreich ein aufgewirbelter Stein durch Visier schlug und das Augenlicht in der linken Gesichtshälfte nachhaltig beschädigte. Übrigens: Wer war denn der erste Österreicher, der in der Formel 1-WM in die Punkteränge fahren konnte?
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Robert Bondurant got an offer to compete for the Scuderia Ferrari at the 1965 Watkins Glen Grand Prix after winning the World Manufacturers‘ Championship in a Shelby Cobra. In 1966 he served as a technical consultant for John Frankenheimer’s film Grand Prix; he also drove an Eagle at the Mexican Grand Prix. In 1967 he moved to the CanAm series with the Dana Chevrolet Team. However Bob suffered a horrific accident at Watkins Glen, when a steering arm on his McLaren broke at 150mph, the car rolling eight times. Bob shattered both legs and suffered serious internal injuries. Whilst in hospital, resigned to the fact he would probably never race again, Bob came up with the idea of running his own driving school. The doors opened at Orange County International Raceway, near Los Angeles, with 3 students joining the course in early 1968. The next week there were two students, Paul Newman and Robert Wagner, training for the film, „Winning“. Bob was technical advisor, camera car driver and actor instructor for the film. Seven years later, on March 2, 1990, Bob’s dream of building a purpose-built driver training facility became a reality. The school nowadays maintains over 200 race prepared vehicles, sedans and open wheel cars. The school is the largest facility of its kind in North America. Today, Bob continues to teach daily, time permitting, and race in select vintage racing events around the country.
Gioacchino Colombo began working as an apprentice to the great Vittorio Jano at Alfa Romeo. In 1937, Colombo designed the 158 engine for the Alfetta and caught the attention of Enzo Ferrari. After World War II, Ferrari asked Colombo to design a small V12 for use in the new Ferrari marque’s racing and road cars. Colombo’s great work for Ferrari was a tiny 1.5 L V12, first used in the 166 sports cars. This engine, known in Ferrari circles as the „Colombo engine“, was produced for road cars, including the famed 250, for more than 15 years in displacements up to 3.3 L. Sadly, Colombo’s engine was not as successful in racing. After stunning early success in the 166, the engine was supercharged for use in Formula 1 but failed to perform well. Ferrari hedged his bets, as he often did, by bringing on competing designer Aurelio Lampredi to create a large naturally-aspirated V12, which replaced Colombo’s. Later, Colombo’s former mentor, Vittorio Jano, came to Ferrari and displaced the work of both men. Colombo left Ferrari in 1950 and returned to Alfa Romeo. Here, he oversaw the company’s racing efforts, including the success that year of Nino Farina and, in 1951, Juan-Manuel Fangio. In 1953, Colombo turned to Maserati and created the 250F Grand Prix car. Two years later, Colombo headed to newly-restarted Bugatti to work on the 251.
Born: 9th of January 1903
Died: 27th of April 1987, aged 84
Dr. Helmut Marko won the 1971 Le Mans 24 Hours race, sharing a Porsche with Holland’s Gijs van Lennep and then got the chance to drive an old Jo Bonnier-run McLaren at the German Grand Prix. That adventure ended when the car ran out of fuel on its first lap out of the pits and Marko fell out with the team. As a result he failed to qualify. He was back in F1 in Austria two weeks later, at the wheel of a fourth BRM, and remarkably that event marked a victory for the Bourne team with Jo Siffert the winning driver. Marko returned to action again in Canada and the following year was seen in action with BRM once again. At the French GP at Clermont-Ferrand he seemed to have made the important breakthrough, qualifying on the third row of the grid ahead of established stars such as Francois Cevert (Tyrrell) and Emerson Fittipaldi (Lotus). On the ninth lap, with Marko running in fifth position, a piece of stone was thrown up by the cars ahead, smashed through the visor of his helmet and went into his eye. Marko managed to avoid a big accident and stopped the car beside the track but a career that had promised so much was over. He lost the sight in his damaged eye and never raced in F1 again.
While his fellow countryman Niki Lauda became the new Austrian star in F1, Marko turned his attention to finding and promoting the careers of young Austrian drivers although it was not until the rise of Gerhard Berger that Marko’s name was really established as a talent spotter. His RSM Marko team became a major player in the German Formula 3 series and later in Formula 3000 with Jörg Muller and Juan-Pablo Montoya. He went on to run the Red Bull Junior Team in Formula 3000 but eventually sold it and became a consultant to Red Bull boss Dietrich Mateschitz‘ F1 ventures.
Rudolf Schoeller participated in a single Formula One World Championship race driving a private Ferrari 212 in the 1952 German GP for Rudi Fischer’s Ecurie Espadon team. He retired from the race with shock absorber problems and scored no points.
Born: 27th of April 1902 in Düren, Germany;
Died: 7th of March 1978 in Grabs, Germany, aged 75.