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Washington Roebling

1881 - 1912

Karl von Waldthausen

1907 - 1933

1911 - 1988

Breno Fornari


Don Freeland

1925 - 2007

Fritz d'Orey


Tom Weickardt


Butch Lindley

1948 - 1990

Giniel de Villiers


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Died on this day (25th - March)

Billy Cotton

1899 - 1969

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1893 - 1975

Erik Carlsson
Erik Carlsson
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5 / 3 / 1929
Swedish rally driver for Saab. Married Pat Moss on March 3, 1963, in London, also a rally driver and younger sister of Stirling Moss. Because of his public relations work for Saab, he is also known as Mr. Saab. Because the early Saabs he raced with were seriously underpowered, he had to keep a high speed in the curves and developed the left-foot braking technique to perfection. Left braking was done by keeping the right foot on the gas pedal while pushing the brake pedal with the left foot. This brought the rear out in a controlled skid while maintaining speed. The drawback of this was that it wore down the brakes. In 1965 Pat Moss and Erik Carlsson wrote a book: The art and technique of driving published by Heinemann. This book was translated to Dutch, German, Japanese and Spanish. The expression 'Carlsson on the roof' originated from the children's story Karlsson på taket by Astrid Lindgren where a Karlsson character lived on the roof of an apartment building, and the habit of Erik Carlsson to occasionally roll a rally car on its roof. In the Safari Rally he even rolled the car intentionally to get out of a mud pool. When journalists later doubted his story since there were no dents in the roof he proved it by rolling the car again.
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