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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



Héctor Gradassi
Héctor Gradassi
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ARGENTINA

Born
6 / 3 / 1933
Died
4 / 2 / 2003
Hector Luis Gradassi was one of the great stars of Argentine Motorsport in the 1960s and 1970s, never the less he never achieved the fame that perhaps he should. He won the Turismo Carretera Championship in 1972, 1974, 1975 and 1976 in addition he was runner-up in 1967, 1973, 1977 and 1978.

Hector Luis Gradassi was one of the great stars of Argentine Motorsport in the 1960s and 1970s, never the less he never achieved the fame that perhaps he should.

He started racing in 1964 and in 1967 he made his debut in Turismo Carretera, winning his very first race in San Pedro. That year he also raced in the Mecánica Nacional Fórmula Uno, the Argentine F1 championship finishing 7th overall in the title driving a Maserati with a AMC Tornado V8 winning the round at Rafaela.

He won the Turismo Carretera Championship in 1972, 1974, 1975 and 1976 always driving a Ford Falcon. Plus he was runner-up in 1967, 1973, 1977 and 1978.

He also drove sports cars and in 1972 he drove a Lola T212 Ford  with Emilio Bertolini in the Buenos Aires 1000 Kilometres finishing 14th overall.

In his 15 year career, he participated in 244 races, winning 49 times.

Later on after he quit driving, he suffered from hemiplegia, a condition where there is paralysis in down one side of the body. This affected his left side but still did not lessen his enthusiasm for the sport.

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