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The first man to drive a Honda-engined car in F1

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Ronnie Bucknum was born on this day in 1936. The Californian's claim to fame was that he was Honda's very first driver when the Japanese manufacturer entered F1 in 1964. The fact that Ronnie had never even sat in an open-wheel race car, let alone raced one, appeared to be of no importance to Honda when they hired him.

And to make matters really interesting, his first race was at the German GP at the saunting Nurburgring! Bucknum actually acquitted himself well, starting last but overtaking a few drivers and lasting 12 of the 15 laps before steering problems put him out of the race.