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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

1949


Cor Euser

1957


Duncan Dayton

1959


Klaus Panchyrz

1963


1965


Felipe Massa

1981



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



Willi Bartels
GERMANY

Born
5 / 3 / 1928
Died
22 / 2 / 2005
Twice European Hillclimb Champion, Willi Bartels won over 300 events during his 30 year career.

Born in Plettenberg, Sauerland, Germany, Willi Bartels competed in European hillclimbing for 30 years, winning the European Championship in 1971 with a Porsche 911S and again in 1976 driving a Porsche Carrera. These wins earnt him the nickname, 'Bergkönig' or 'the mountain king'.

During his career he won more than 300 races and set a number of distance records. His fans liked Bartels because of the way he drove. He had a slightly wild and aggressive style, hitting speeds of over 200 kph on the mountain courses.

Willi Bartels was the father of Michael Bartels, the FIA GT driver and boyfriend for many years of Steffi Graf.

Willi succumbed to cancer in 2005.