Here are two of mine. They made engines sing and they made cars do things that couldn’t be done.
The first is Sir Stirling Moss who has the distinction of being the greatest driver never to win the World Championship.
The second is none other than Juan Manuel Fangio a driver who dominated automobile-racing competition in the 1950s, winning the world driving championship in 1951, 1954, 1955, 1956, and 1957. He had won 24 world-championship Grand Prix races when he retired from racing in 1958.
A good friend of mine and I have a long time standing joke between us that began when he told me of his uncle who was proud to have shook Juan FangioÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s hand. So one day while I was telling yet another legendary driver, Phil Hill, about my friendÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s uncle being proud of shaking FangioÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s hand, Phil autographed his book and had me send it to my friend. In his inscription he wrote something like, I raced against Juan Fangio and I had the pleasure of shaking his hand too. Phil Hill.