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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.

1965

Tasman Cup New Zealand Grand Prix, Pukekohe. Won by Graham Hill in a Brabham BT11A.

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1969

New Zealand Grand Prix, Ardmore. Won by works Cooper drivers Jack Brabham and Bruce McLaren, half a second apart.

1971

Tasman Cup, New Zealand Grand Prix, Pukekohe. Won by Graham Hill in a Brabham BT11A.

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1972

Buenos Aires 1000 Kilometers. Won by Ronnie Peterson and Tim Schenken.

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1972

New Zealand Grand prix (F5000), Pukekohe. Won by Niel Allen in a McLaren M10B.

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1977

Argentine Grand Prix, Buenos Aires. Won by James Hunt in a McLaren.

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21/11/1967 - 2/1/2023

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