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Born on this day (23rd - May)

Ernst Klodwig

1903 - 1973


Joe James

1925 - 1952


Jim Mallory

1935 - 1972


Gerard Larrousse

1940


Wally Dallenbach Jr

1963


Didier Cottaz

1967


Laurent Aiello

1969


Bryan Herta

1970


Rubens Barrichello

1972



Died on this day (23rd - May)

Luigi Arcangeli

1902 - 1931


Ernst Henne

1904 - 2005



Edgar Barth
Edgar Barth
GERMANY

Born
26 / 1 / 1917
Died
20 / 5 / 1965
A distinguished pre-war motor cycle racer, Barth drove the EMW sports cars between 1953 and 1956 and, by winning his class in the 1956 Coupe de Paris at Montlhery, he attracted the attention of the Porsche team. After a successful class-winning debut for Porsche at the 1957 Nurburgring 1000 Km, Edgar and his family defected from East Germany. He then became a mainstay of the company's Formula 2, sports and hill-climb programme. He won the Targa Florio outright in 1959 (with Seidel) and was European mountain champion in 1959,1963 and 1964, by which time he was already suffering from the cancer to which he succumbed, at the age of 48, in May 1965. His son, Jurgen, also represented the Porsche factory team, winning the Le Mans 24-hour race in 1977.




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