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Born on this day (25th - March)

Washington Roebling

1881 - 1912


Karl von Waldthausen

1907 - 1933


1911 - 1988


Breno Fornari

1925


Don Freeland

1925 - 2007


Fritz d'Orey

1938


Tom Weickardt

1947


Butch Lindley

1948 - 1990


Giniel de Villiers

1972


Danica Sue Patrick

1982



Died on this day (25th - March)

Billy Cotton

1899 - 1969


Juan Gaudino

1893 - 1975



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.