1956 in motorsport

The following is an overview of the events of 1956 in motorsport including the major racing events, motorsport venues that were opened and closed during a year, championships and non-championship events that were established and disestablished in a year, and births and deaths of racing drivers and other motorsport people.

Years in motorsport

1956 in sports

Annual eventsEdit

The calendar includes only annual major non-championship events or annual events that had own significance separate from the championship. For the dates of the championship events see related season articles.

Date Event Ref
29–30 April 23rd Mille Miglia [1]
13 May 14th Monaco Grand Prix [2]
30 May 40th Indianapolis 500 [3]
4–14 June 38th Isle of Man TT [4]
10 June 40th Targa Florio [5]
28–29 July 24th 24 Hours of Le Mans [6]
4 November 3rd Macau Grand Prix [7]

BirthsEdit

Date Month Name Nationality Occupation Note Ref
7 February John Nielsen Danish Racing driver 24 Hours of Le Mans winner (1990). [8]
2 June Jan Lammers Dutch Racing driver 24 Hours of Le Mans winner (1988). FIA Sportscar champion (2002-2003). [9]
8 Péter Besenyei Hungarian Air racer Red Bull Air World Race champion (2003). [10]
17 August Nigel Lamb British Air racer Red Bull Air World Race champion (2014). [11]
8 September Stefan Johansson Swedish Racing driver 24 Hours of Le Mans winner (1997). [12]
23 December Michele Alboreto Italian Racing driver 24 Hours of Le Mans winner (1997). [13]

DeathsEdit

Date Month Name Age Nationality Occupation Note Ref
3 February Johnny Claes 39 Belgian Racing driver The first Belgian Formula One driver. [14]
31 March Ralph DePalma 73 Italian-American Racing driver Indianapolis 500 winner (1915). [15]
17 June Bob Sweikert 30 American Racing driver Winner of the Indianapolis 500 (1955) [16]
29 October Louis Rosier 50 French Racing driver Winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans (1950) [17]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Mille Miglia - 1956". grandprixhistory.org. Retrieved 16 April 2017.
  2. ^ "1956 Grand Prix of Monaco". racing-reference.info. Racing Reference. Retrieved 15 April 2017.
  3. ^ "1956 Indianapolis 500". racing-reference.info. Racing Reference. Retrieved 15 April 2017.
  4. ^ "TT 1956". iomtt.com. Isle of Man TT. Retrieved 15 April 2017.
  5. ^ "40^ TARGA FLORIO". targaflorio.info. Retrieved 16 April 2017.
  6. ^ "Le Mans Register - 1956". formula2.net. Retrieved 16 April 2017.
  7. ^ "1956 Macau Grand Prix". motorsportmagazine.com. Motor Sport Magazine. Retrieved 22 April 2017.
  8. ^ "John Nielsen". motorsportmagazine.com. Motor Sport Magazine. Retrieved 16 April 2018.
  9. ^ "Jan Lammers". en.espn.co.uk. ESPN. Retrieved 16 April 2018.
  10. ^ "Aviation Profile – Péter Besenyei: Hungary's Freestyling Hero". globalaviationresource.com. Global Aviation Resource. Retrieved 18 April 2018.
  11. ^ "Nigel Lamb". airrace.redbull.com. Red Bull. Retrieved 18 April 2018.
  12. ^ "Stefan Johansson". en.espn.co.uk. ESPN. Retrieved 16 April 2018.
  13. ^ "Michele Alboreto". en.espn.co.uk. ESPN. Retrieved 16 April 2018.
  14. ^ "Johnny Claes". en.espn.co.uk. ESPN. Retrieved 15 April 2018.
  15. ^ "Ralph DePalma". motorsportmagazine.com. Motor Sport Magazine. Retrieved 16 April 2018.
  16. ^ "Bob Sweikert". espn.co.uk. ESPN. Retrieved 15 April 2018.
  17. ^ "Mike Hawthorn". ESPN. Retrieved 15 April 2018.

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