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Born on this day (27th - April)

Rudolf Schoeller

1902 - 1978


Count Carlo Felice Trossi

1908 - 1949


1913 - 1975


Russ Klar

1914 - 2005


Bob Bondurant

1933


Don Horvath

1935 - 1965


Helmut Marko

1943


Yves Courage

1948


Ari Vatanen

1952



Died on this day (27th - April)

1907 - 1949


Herbert Ernest Meyer

1892 - 1962


Gioacchino Colombo

1903 - 1987


Judy Ganley

1939 - 2007


Harry Firth

1918 - 2014



Paul Mears Jr
Paul Mears Jr
UNITED STATES

Born
2 / 4 / 1949
Mears' father started a cab company in 1939 and Paul Jr. joined the company in 1969, and in 1983 branched out on his own and started a bus and shuttle bus operation. The family cab company now has 600 cabs, while the motor coach fleet has 175 buses, 150 shuttle vans, 160 Lincoln Town Cars and 20 limousines. He sports a colorful parrot and tropical flowers on his racing helmet having spent 22 years deep sea fishing on his own boat and in the Carribean and he wanted to capture that life style, hence the helmet design. He raced motorcycles for 11 years and then got involved in boats. He got involved in motor racing by accident. He and his son went over to Sebring to watch an SCCA race one day where they met Sylvain Tremblay. They were impressed with the little Mazdas he was doing. That was on a Sunday. On the following Monday, he bought two of them so that he could go racing with his son. One thing led to another, and he went from driving a $30,000 Mazda to a Daytona Prototype.