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Born on this day (24th - March)

Liane Engeman

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Louis Disbrow

1888 - 1947


Count Gastone Brilli-Peri

1893 - 1930


Vittorio Stanguellini

1910 - 1981


Eugene Martin

1915


Brian Naylor

1923 - 1989


Steve McQueen

1930 - 1980


Jack McCoy

1938


Roger Mears

1947


Pierre Dieudonné

1947


Sean Walker

1958


Scott Pruett

1960


Gary Paffett

1981



Died on this day (24th - March)

Roger Loyer

1907 - 1988


Bob Said

1932 - 2002


Hans Klenk

1919 - 2009


Tony Birchenhough

1934 - 2014



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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