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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’!

A firm believer that mechanics have most of the best stories, Gary Critcher set about recording a series of interviews with leading mechanics from the world of motorsport and podcasts them under this banner. We are pleased to make them available to you by clicking the links below.

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A list of the drivers born on this day. Note this is not a compete list, if you know of any driver who should be added, please contact us by clicking here. Thank you.



Events on this day

Interesting and notable events from the history of motor sport.

1955

Argentine 1000 Kilometers World Sports Car Championship won by Enrique Saenz Valiente and Jose Maria Ibanez in a Ferrari.

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1960

Round 3 Tasman Cup, Lady Wigram Trophy, Wigram, New Zealand. Won by Jack Brabham in a 2.5 litre Cooper.

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1965

Round 3 Tasman Cup, Lady Wigram Trophy, Wigram, New Zealand. Won by Jim Clark in a Lotus-Climax.

1972

Argentine Grand Prix, Buenos Aires. Won by Jackie Stewart in a Tyrrell.

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1977

Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos. Won by Carlos Reutemann in a Ferrari.

1982

South African Grand prix at Kyalami. Won by Alain Prost in a Renault RE30B.

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Jean-Pierre Jabouille

1/10/1942 - 2/2/2023

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21/11/1967 - 2/1/2023

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