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Born on this day (26th - April)

Edgar Morawitz

1892 - 1945


Francois Picard

1921 - 1996


Pat Griffith

1925 - 1980


Jean-Pierre Beltoise

1937 - 2015


Gus Hutchison

1937


Ian Geoghegan

1939 - 2003


Tom Jones

1943 - 2015


Jose Dolhem

1944 - 1988


Johnny Dumfries

1958


Tim Sugden

1964


James Thompson

1974



Died on this day (26th - April)

Willi Krakau

1911 - 1995


1937 - 2002


Danny Kladis

1917 - 2009



Bert Brooks
Bert Brooks
Brooksie
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CANADA

Born
20 / 3 / 1920
Died
2 / 9 / 1968
Brooks was a successful sprint and midget driver in the eastern United States. He won the URC Sprint Car Championships 4 times. Tried and failed to qualify for Indy in 1961.

Born in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada, Brookes was a successful sprint and midget driver in the eastern U.S.. He won the URC Sprint Car Championships 4 times.

On Memorial Day weekend in 1956 Bert Brooks won the inaugural sprint car club event at the Fonda Speedway, New York.

In 1959 Brooks was leading championship going into the last round at Danbury. However a few weeks earlier he had rolled Ed Darrell's car at Trenton, and fuel got inside his two-piece drivers suit and ignited. He was badly burned and could not defend his points lead. Len Duncan won the race and the title but he was not happy as Bert was not there.

He tried but failed to qualify for Indy in 1961.

He was killed driving one of Ken Brenn's cars at the Hershey Stadium racing in the ARDC (American Racing Drivers Club) Midget Championship in 1968.

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