1979

* Companies that started production
+ Companies that ceased production

Sport events

 

  Formula 1 — 30th season
  1st
  2nd
  3rd
Argentine GP
(Buenos Aires) 21.01
Jacques Laffite
  Ligier-Ford JS11
Carlos Reutemann
  Lotus-Ford 79
John Watson
  McLaren-Ford M28
Brazilian GP
(Interlagos) 04.02
Jacques Laffite
  Ligier-Ford JS11
Patrick Depailler
  Ligier-Ford JS11
Carlos Reutemann
  Lotus-Ford 79
South African GP
(Kyalami) 03.03
Gilles Villeneuve
  Ferrari 312T4
Jody Scheckter
  Ferrari 312T4
J.P. Jarier
  Tyrrell-Ford 009
4th United States Grand Prix West
(Long Beach) 08.04
Gilles Villeneuve
  Ferrari 312T4
Jody Scheckter
  Ferrari 312T4
Alan Jones
  Williams-Ford FW06
Spanish GP
(Jarama) 29.04
Patrick Depailler
  Ligier-Ford JS11
Carlos Reutemann
  Lotus-Ford 79
Mario Andretti
  Lotus-Ford 80
Belgian GP
(Zolder) 13.05
Jody Scheckter
  Ferrari 312T4
Jacques Laffite
  Ligier-Ford JS11
Didier Pironi
  Tyrrell-Ford 009
Monaco GP
(Monaco) 27.05
Jody Scheckter
  Ferrari 312T4
C. Regazzoni
  Williams-Ford FW07
Carlos Reutemann
  Lotus-Ford 79
French GP
(Dijon-Prenois) 01.07
Jean-Pierre Jabouille
  Renault RS10
Gilles Villeneuve
  Ferrari 312T4
René Arnoux
  Renault RS10
XXXII Marlboro British Grand Prix
(Silverstone) 14.07
C. Regazzoni
  Williams-Ford FW07
René Arnoux
  Renault RS10
J.P. Jarier
  Tyrrell-Ford 009
German GP
(Hockenheimring) 29.07
Alan Jones
  Williams-Ford FW07
C. Regazzoni
  Williams-Ford FW07
Jacques Laffite
  Ligier-Ford JS11
Austrian GP
(Österreichring) 12.08
Alan Jones
  Williams-Ford FW07
Gilles Villeneuve
   Ferrari 312T4
Jacques Laffite
  Ligier-Ford JS11
Dutch GP
(Zandvoort) 26.08
Alan Jones
  Williams-Ford FW07
Jody Scheckter
  Ferrari 312T4
Jacques Laffite
  Ligier-Ford JS11
L Gran Premio d'Italia
(Monza) 09.09
Jody Scheckter
  Ferrari 312T4
Gilles Villeneuve
  Ferrari 312T4
C. Regazzoni
  Williams-Ford FW07
Canadian GP
(Île Notre-Dame) 30.09
Alan Jones
  Williams-Ford FW07
Gilles Villeneuve
  Ferrari 312T4
C. Regazzoni
  Williams-Ford FW07
XXII Toyota United States Grand Prix
(Watkins Glen) 07.10
Gilles Villeneuve
  Ferrari 312T4
René Arnoux
  Renault RS10
Didier Pironi
  Tyrrell-Ford 009
F1 Drivers World Champion
Jody Scheckter
Gilles Villeneuve
Alan Jones
F1 Constructors Champion
Williams-Ford
Ligier-Ford
 
 
 
 
World Sportscar Championship — 27th season
   1st
   2nd
   3rd
24 Hour Pepsi Challenge; Daytona International Speedway; 3-4 February
Field / Ongais / Haywood (0)
  Porsche 935/79
Morton / Adamowicz (65)
  Ferrari 365 GTB/4
Canepa / Mears / Shelton (11)
  Porsche 935
6 Hours of Mugello
Mugello Circuit; 18 March
Fitzpatrick / Schurti / Wollek (12)
  Porsche 935/77A
Wollek / Ickx / Schurti (11)
  Porsche 935/77A
Facetti / Finotto (3)
  Porsche 935
Dijon 6 Hours
Dijon-Prenois; 22 April
Jöst / Merl / Ketterer (1)
  Porsche 908/3 Turbo
Wollek / Ickx / Schurti (1)
  Porsche 935/77A
Schornstein / Dören (5)
  Porsche 935/77A
Rivet Supply 6 Hours
Silverstone Circuit; 6 May
Fitzpatrick / Heyer / Wollek (3)
  Porsche 935/77A
De Cadenet / Migault (8)
  De Cadenet Lola LM Ford
Dören / Schornstein (26)
  Porsche 935/77A
1000km Nürburgring
Nürburgring; 3 June
Schurti / Fitzpatrick / Wollek (6)
  Porsche 935/77A
Ludwig / Plankenhorn (2)
  Porsche 935 K3
Redman / Pescarolo (9)
  Porsche 935/77A
Coppa Florio
Autodromo di Pergusa; 24 June
Lombardi / Grimaldi (33)
  Osella PA7 BMW
Patrese / Facetti (11)
  Lancia Beta Montecarlo Turbo
Pallavicini / Vanoli (4)
  Porsche Carrera RSR
Watkins Glen 6 Hours
Watkins Glen International; 8 July
Whittington / Ludwig (94)
  Porsche 935
Stommelen / Barbour / Newman (70)
  Porsche 935
McFarlin / Woods / Akin (71)
  Porsche 935
Rivet Supply 6 Hours
Brands Hatch; 5 August
Jöst / Merl (1)
  Porsche 908/3 Turbo
Ludwig / Plankenhorn (27)
  Porsche 935 K3
Raymond / Charnell (34)
  Chevron B36 Ford
Trofeo Ignazio Giunti (6 Hours)
Vallelunga; 16 September
Francia / Lombardi (7)
  Osella PA7 BMW
Coloni / Vatielli / Barberio (12)
  Osella PA6 Ford
"Gero" / "Robin Hood" (1)
  Osella PA3 Ford
Championship results
(Over 2000cc)
Ferrari
DeTomaso
Championship results
(Up to 2000cc)
Lancia
BMW
Ford
WRC — 7th season
   1st
   2nd
   3rd
47ème Rallye Automobile de Monte-Carlo (20–26 January) Monaco
Bernard Darniche / Alain Mahé
  Lancia Stratos HF
Björn Waldegård / Hans Thorszelius
  Ford Escort RS1800
Markku Alén / Ilkka Kivimäki
  Fiat 131 Abarth
29th International Swedish Rally (16–18 February) Sweden
Stig Blomqvist / Björn Cederberg
  Saab 99 Turbo
Björn Waldegård / Hans Thorszelius
  Ford Escort RS1800
Pentti Airikkala / Risto Virtanen
  Vauxhall Chevette 2300 HS
13º Rallye de Portugal Vinho do Porto (6–11 March) Portugal
Hannu Mikkola / Arne Hertz
  Ford Escort RS1800
Björn Waldegård / Hans Thorszelius
  Ford Escort RS1800
Ove Andersson / Henry Liddon
  Toyota Celica 2000GT
27th Safari Rally
(April 12–16) Kenya
Shekhar Mehta / Mike Doughty
  Datsun Datsun 160J
Hannu Mikkola / Arne Hertz
  Mercedes 450 SLC 5.0
Markku Alén / Ilkka Kivimäki
  Fiat 131 Abarth
26th Acropolis Rally
(May 28–31) Greece
Björn Waldegård / Hans Thorszelius
  Ford Escort RS1800
Timo Salonen / Seppo Harjanne
  Datsun 160J
Harry Källström / Claes Billstam
  Datsun 160J
10th Motogard Rally of New Zealand
(14-18 July) New zealand
Hannu Mikkola / Arne Hertz
  Ford Escort RS1800
Blair Robson / Chris Porter
  Ford Escort RS1800
Ari Vatanen / David Richards
  Ford Escort RS1800
29th 1000 Lakes Rally
(24–28 August) Finland
Markku Alén / Ilkka Kivimäki
  Fiat 131 Abarth
Ari Vatanen / David Richards
  Ford Escort RS1800
Björn Waldegård / Hans Thorszelius
  Ford Escort RS1800
7ème Critérium Molson du Québec
(13–16 September) Canada
Björn Waldegård / Hans Thorszelius
  Ford Escort RS1800
Timo Salonen / Seppo Harjanne
  Datsun 160J
Ari Vatanen / David Richards
  Ford Escort RS1800
21º Rallye Sanremo - Rallye d'Italia
(1–7 October) Italy
Antonio Fassina / Mauro Mannini
  Lancia Stratos HF
Walter Röhrl / C. Geistdörfer
  Fiat 131 Abarth
Attilio Bettega / Maurizio Perissinot
  Fiat 131 Abarth
23ème Tour de Corse - Rallye de France (2–4 November) France
Bernard Darniche / Alain Mahé
  Lancia Stratos HF
Jean Ragnotti / Jean-Marc Andrié
  Renault 5 Alpine
Pierre-Louis Moreau / Patrice Baron
  Porsche 911 SC
28th Lombard RAC Rally
(19–23 November) United Kingdom
Hannu Mikkola / Arne Hertz
  Ford Escort RS1800
Russell Brookes / Paul White
  Ford Escort RS1800
Timo Salonen / Stuart Pegg
  Datsun 160J
11ème Rallye Côte d'Ivoire
(9–14 December) Ivory Coast
Hannu Mikkola / Arne Hertz
  Mercedes 450 SLC 5.0
Björn Waldegård / Hans Thorszelius
  Mercedes 450 SLC 5.0
Andrew Cowan / Klaus Kaiser
  Mercedes 450 SLC 5.0
Manufacturers WRC
Datsun
FIA Cup for Rally Drivers
Björn Waldegård (Sweden)
Hannu Mikkola (Finland)
Markku Alén (Finland)
Other races:
Tourist Trophy
Silverstone
Finotto / Facetti
  BMW 3.0 CSL
Niedswieds / Muller
  Ford
Heyer / Denzel
  Ford
24H LeMans
9-10 June
Ludwig/Whittington/Whittington (41)
  Porsche 935 K3
Stommelen / Newman / Barbour (70)
  Porsche 935/77A
Ferrier / Servanin / Trisconi (40)
  Porsche 935/77A
Other Rallyes:
Rajd Polski
Antonio Zanini / Juan Jose Petisco
  Fiat 131 Abarth
Jochi Kleint / Günter Wanger
  Opel Ascona B
Billy Coleman - Martin Holmes
  Ford Escort RS 1800
World Speed Record
Bonneville Salt Lake
Stan Barrett
SMI Motivator
1027,78 km/godz (638,63 mph)