Born on this day (24th - March)

Liane Engeman


Louis Disbrow

1888 - 1947

Count Gastone Brilli-Peri

1893 - 1930

Vittorio Stanguellini

1910 - 1981

Eugene Martin


Brian Naylor

1923 - 1989

Steve McQueen

1930 - 1980

Jack McCoy


Roger Mears


Pierre Dieudonné


Sean Walker


Scott Pruett


Gary Paffett


Died on this day (24th - March)

Roger Loyer

1907 - 1988

Bob Said

1932 - 2002

Hans Klenk

1919 - 2009

Tony Birchenhough

1934 - 2014

Bill Aston
Bill Aston
© (c) 'Who is Who' by Steve Small, 2000

29 / 3 / 1900
4 / 3 / 1974
This amateur racing enthusiast served in the Great War and began his career on motor cycles before switching to four-wheel competition. In the late forties Bill was a front-runner with a 500 cc Cooper-JAP in the extremely competitive Formula 3 class. As well as wins at home, he took a prestigious Continental victory at Brussels and placed second at Zandvoort in 1949. In 1951 his Cooper - now with an 1100 cc engine - led the GP des Frontieres at Chimay before the engine seized, but he did take a third place at Goodwood in the Lavant Cup, then a five-lap sprint race. His business dealings as both civil engineer and fruit farmer no doubt helped finance his Aston-Butterworth Formula 2 single-seaters which he ran with Robin Montgomerie-Charrington. Unfortunately, these small and beautifully bodied machines saw little success, being constantly afflicted by fuel system problems. Aston sensibly withdrew from the giddy heights of the Grand Prix world after this unsuccessful foray, but continued to enjoy racing at club events. In the late fifties he raced a Jaguar D-Type and Aston Martin DBR1, often winning his class. Even when he was well past sixty years of age, Bill continued to race (and win) with a Mini and the ex-Equipe Endeavour Jaguar 3.8 saloon.
© (c) 'Who is Who' by Steve Small, 2000

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