31/1/1960, Harold Blanchard dies.
Harry Blanchard ran a large car dealership in Greenwich, Connecticut, and used to race Porsche sports cars as a hobby. In 1959 he won the US production sports car championship with a Porsche 550A and, with the help of his mechanic Karl Kaihofer, had a second hand 718 RSK Spyder sports caar converted into a single-seater race car. This car had no resemblance with the factory’s own single-seater designs and was a completely independent development. Harry took part in the first U.S. F1 Grand Prix with it at Sebring in December 1959 as a private entry and finished 7th and 4 laps down in that converted Spyder, running off the track and potentially ruining a better result. Still he was the only one of 6 participating US-drivers listed in the final results. However, it should remain the only Grand Prix appearance for both car and driver. In late January 1960 Harry was invited by the Porsche factory to share a works RSK sports car with Wolfgang Seidel in the 1960 Buenos Aires 1000 Km race and, allocated for the first stint, he unfortunately crashed right on the first lap, the Porsche somersaulting several times and finally turning over, injuring Harry Blanchard fatally.
Born: 13 June 1929, Burlington, USA;