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Teams in the 60’s were trying to save weight and make the car as light as possible, inc. putting as much fuel in the car at the start of the race so that it lasted JUST to the end. This generally worked but a few times ran out of fuel with a few laps to go. So unbeknownst to Colin Chapman, the mechanics when fuelling the car would add an extra gallon, just to make sure it was enough, hence the ‘mechanic’s gallon’!

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Events on this day

Interesting and notable events from the history of motor sport.

1935

Ferry Porsche married Dorothea ("DoDo") Reitz, a native Stuttgarter.

1959

New Zealand Grand Prix, Ardmore. Won by Stirling Moss from Jack Brabham and Bruce McLaren all driving 2-litre Cooper-Climaxes

1970

New Zealand Grand Prix (F5000), Pukekohe. Won by Frank Matich in a McLaren M10A

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1971

Jo Siffert and Derek Bell lead a Porsche 1-2 finish in the Buenos Aires 1000 KM race for the Championship of Makes.

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