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Born on this day (26th - March)

1893 - 1948


Charles Baumann

1896 - 1930


1928 - 2005


Lella Lombardi

1943 - 1992


Yojiro Terada

1947


Didier Pironi

1952 - 1987


Elio de Angelis

1958 - 1986


Martin Donnelly

1964


Christina Surer

1974


Blaise Alexander

1976 - 2001



Died on this day (26th - March)

Bob McLean

1933 - 1966


Joe Garson

1908 - 1984


John Habin

1915 - 2005


Paul Dana

1975 - 2006



Jack Early
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Born
26 / 3 / 1928
Died
17 / 4 / 2005
Jack Early was one of the true pioneers of post-war sports car racing in Southern California. Jack also raced motorcycles and even worked in movies as a stand in for Elizabeth Taylor in the distant riding shots!

Jack Early was one of the true pioneers of post-war sports car racing in Southern California. Jack owned one of the earliest MGTCs in Los Angeles and started his racing career while working with Phil Hill in the shop at International Motors in Hollywood.

He also was photographed circa 1948 tearing up the makeshift track outside the erstwhile Davis Motorcar Co. in Van Nuys; later racing his TC against Phil, et.al., at Gardena's Carrell Speedway, a circular track that TCs were never intended to race on.

He was one of the very first members of the Cal Club, and an entrant in the first Palm Springs races. As a sideline at that time, Jack and a few friends designed and produced a line of MG accessories, including the well-known coffin valve cover with the appropriate octagonal beveled edges, under the name Autocessories Ltd. he passed away April 17, 2005, at his retirement home in Rancho Mirage, California.

Jack also raced his motorcycles and even worked in movies as a stand in for Elizabeth Taylor in the distant riding shots!

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