Born on this day (27th - April)

Rudolf Schoeller

1902 - 1978

Count Carlo Felice Trossi

1908 - 1949

1913 - 1975

Russ Klar

1914 - 2005

Bob Bondurant


Don Horvath

1935 - 1965

Helmut Marko


Yves Courage


Ari Vatanen


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

Reinhold Joest
Reinhold Joest
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24 / 4 / 1937
A great sports car driver, Joest won a number of major races including the 24 Hour race at Daytona before becoming a successful team owner, winning Le Mans seven times.

Reinhold Joest started racing in 1962 with a Porsche 75S hillclimbing at the Eberbach and untill 1967 Joest concentrated on hillclimbs, winning the German Championship twice.

In 1966 he moved to circuit racing, winning his class first time out in the 1000Ks at the Nurburgring. He took overall victory at the 1000K's on the legendary Nordschleife, arguably the most difficult track in the world, twice and also took class wins on six occasions.

He became a works Porsche driver in 1971. And, though he won numerous races for them he never fulfilled his ambition of winning le Mans. In 1969 he finished third in a Ford GT40, and again in 1972 in the Porsche 908/2 long tail. Then in 1978 and 1980 he finished second in the Porsche 936.

He did however win the Interseries, several races in the sports car world championship and, in 1980, the Daytona 24 Hour race.

He retired from driving in 1981 with victory in the 9 hours of Kylami. Not many drivers go out on such a high and fewer still make the transition from driver to team owner so successfully.

Then with his own team he finally won Le Mans not once though but seven times!


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