historicracing

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



John Habin
John Habin
UNITED KINGDOM

Born
5 / 4 / 1915
Died
26 / 3 / 2005

Born John Dixon Jellicoe Habin in Chidham, West Sussex

In 1934, he started grass track motor cycle racing and won his first novices race on 25th July and went on win the Southern speedway grass track championship.

He never lost his love of grass track motor racing, obtaining many placings and again winning the novices race on 29th June 1947. By 1949, he had moved away from grass track racing and decided to race motor cars.  He raced 500cc Formula 3 cars and joined the Cooper team.  He also drove the JBS Norton and the Leston Special.

In conjunction with Mike Erskine he developed the Erskine Staride racing car, which he first drove at Goodwood in April 1952. On 23rd September 1951, he won the Brands Hatch Open Challenge in a JBS Norton. On 6th October 1951, at Castle Coombe, whilst driving a Staride Norton, he crashed, rolled the car several times, broke his jaw in four places and lost his teeth.

Notwithstanding this, he continued to race, partly in Formula 3 and then in Formula Libre, an open class, in which he drove the Maseratti 4CLT for Fred Tuck and also instigated the Revis 1500 with Reg Bicknell, travelling to Germany to bring back a 1500cc Hansa-Borgward “Renn” race engine.

He gained many placings on English and European circuits.

He stopped racing in 1955, partly due to another bad racing accident and partly due to some encouragement on the part of his later wife and life long partner, Peggy.

John Habin died on 26th March 2005, whilst on holiday in Fish Hoek, South Africa, with his wife, Peggy, just a few days before his 90th birthday.