Born on May 31st

Died on May 31st

Arthur Thurman

1879 - 1919

Charles Van Acker

1909 - 1998

Paul Pietsch

1911 - 2012

Don Biederman

1940 - 1999

Neil Shanahan

1979 - 1999

Events on May 31st

Interesting and notable events from the history of motor sport.


Our man Alonso was not the first F1 driver to skip Monaco to complete in the Indy 500. Back in 1965 the late great Jim Clark drove a Lotus Ford to victory at the Brickyard, fininshing two minutes ahead of Parnelli Jones. It was Ford's first win in the 500.


Nigel Mansell had started the year with 5 straight wins. At Monaco he was on pole and led virtually the whole race. Unfortunately he had to make an extra pit stop and emerged behind Senna. Despite Mansell's best efforts he couldn't get past and Senna held on to take his 5th win in the Principality.