Born on this day (25th - April)

Arthur Chevrolet

1884 - 1946

Herb Ardinger

1910 - 1973

Jean Lucas

1917 - 2003

Sergio Sighinolfi

1925 - 1956

Hans Laine

1945 - 1970

Vicente Alberto Pernía


Cor Euser


Duncan Dayton


Klaus Panchyrz



Felipe Massa


Died on this day (25th - April)

Frank Lockhart

1903 - 1928

Fred Frame

1894 - 1962

1934 - 1965

1895 - 1972

Michele Alboreto

1956 - 2001

John Love

1924 - 2005

Archie Bryde

1919 - 2008

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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