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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



Alex Xydias
Alex Xydias
UNITED STATES

Born
22 / 3 / 1922
Born in Los Angeles, Xydias was an influential figure in the early days of the auto racing sport involving hot rods. In 1946, immediately after Xydias was discharged from the United States Army Air Corps after serving as a B-17 engineer, he opened the So-Cal Speed Shop in Burbank, one of the first hot rod shops in Southern California. In 1950, he was the first person to break the 200 mph barrier with his hot rod named the "So-cal-Streamliner". He was also a moviemaker back in the days before TV the way you saw the Indy 500 or Sebring was to go see Xydias footage shot at the event. Xydias would shoot it, process it, and show it in a local theater soon afterward.