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Born on this day (29th - April)

Cal Niday

1916 - 1988


Hugh Dibley

1937


Jerry Karl

1941 - 2008


Dale Earnhardt

1957 - 2001


Chad Little

1963


Marcel Albers

1967 - 1992


Ryan Sharp

1979



Died on this day (29th - April)

Baron Pierre de Crawhez

1874 - 1925


Theo Helfrich

1913 - 1978


Bob Akin

1936 - 2002


Rob Walker

1917 - 2002


Chuck Daigh

1923 - 2008



Heinz Melkus
Heinz Melkus
GERMANY

Born
20 / 4 / 1928
Died
5 / 9 / 2005

Heinz Melkus was born on 20 April 1928 in Dresden. After the war he worked as a haulage contractor cleaning up the city that was almost totaly destroyed by Allied bombing. he didn't have a licence but with the need for help after the was the police gave him one.

He started racing casually in 1951 at Dresden Hellerau. Over the following years he drove many different cars starting with a converted Volkswagen, a BMW 321 Cabriolet and a Veritas powered by an aircraft engine. He started designing his own racing cars.

He founded the first racing school in the GDR

He went on to build and race a series of single seater and road going sports cars between 1959 and 1986, winning the Cup of Peace and Friendship (Cup for Socialist Countries) in 1963, 1965, 1966 and 1967.

He was the most successful racing driver from the GDR and probably the most popular. He quit racing in 1977.