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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



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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