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06-Oct-20 /historicracing.com
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A lawyer from Locarno, Count Ottorino Volonterio of Orselina was an enthusiastic Swiss amateur who rarely troubled the score sheets. With a pace that varied between slow and very slow his career was spent at a leisurely pace.

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21-May-20 /
Robert(a) Cowell

Robert(a) Cowell died on this day in 2011, 9 years ago, he was 90. He would have been 99 this year.

Robert Cowell achieved much fame in the sensationally minded press by undergoing a sex-change operation in 1951 and becoming Roberta Cowell. Not only that but she annoyed Patsy Burt no end by taking the Ladies Hill record at Shelsley Walsh a few years later.

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  • 1898
    11 October 1898 The first Russian Motor Race took place. The course ran a distance of 26 miles along the predominatly straight road (Volkhonskoye Shosse) that runs from Strelna up on the coast to Alexandrovskaya. The road is 13 miles long and the competitors travelled the full length before turning round and travelling 13 miles back again. There were six entries on what was a snowy day with the race being won by Pavel Belyaev riding 1.75 hp De Dion Bouton powered Clément tricycle, who completed the up-and-back course at a stately 16.9 mph.
  • 1990
    Alessandro Nannini had his right arm severed while trying to land his helicopter in the grounds of the family villa near Siena, the ground began to give way causing the crash. Ten hours of micro-surgery successfully re-attached the limb.
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