From 1968 to 1973, Jim Clark was the most successful Formula 1 driver with 25 Grand Prix victories. He was World Champion twice, in 1963 and 1965. Clark, a Scotsman, was born on March 3, 1936, and began his career with the Lotus team at the age of 20 and morally committed to this marque until his death on April 7 1968 in a crash in a Formula 2 race.
Stirling Moss, one of the best racing drivers never to be World Champion, was born on Sept. 17, 1929. The 10-fold British Champion would probably have been World Champion more than once if he had not sworn to race only in British cars. During his career, he drove 495 races in 84 different types of car, winning 222 times. Stirling Moss retired in 1963 after a serious accident and was knighted by the Queen in 1999.
Alain Prost, the analyst behind the wheel, born on Feb. 24, 1955, is one of the most successful drivers. He was World Champion 4 times (1985, 1986, 1989 and 1993) and drove in a total of 199 Grand Prix, of which he won 51. He was the owner of the Team Prost Formula 1 racing stable (1997-2001) and is still involved in touring car racing and in cycle racing.
The New Zealander's star Bruce McLaren was born on Aug. 30, 1937, in Oakland. He was only 22 years old when he won his first race. He founded his own Formula 1 stable in 1966, and together with his compatriot Denis Hulme took 2nd place in the Constructor's World Championship in 1968. He died in an accident during a test drive on June 2, 1970.
Sir John Young Stewart, better known as Jackie Stewart, was born on June 11, 1939, and in the 99 races of his eight-year-long Formula 1 career achieved 27 first places and the World Championship title three times (1969, 1971 and 1973). Since his accident at the Belgian Grand Prix on June 12, 1966 he has battled indefatigably for crash barriers, safety belts and more. In 2001, he was raised to the knighthood.
Jacques Bernard Ickx was born in Brussels on Jan. 1, 1945. He came to racing cars in 1966, in the same year he was given his opportunity in Formula 1 with Ferrari, and at the age of 23 became the youngest winner in Grand Prix history. In his 112 GP races, Jacky Ickx came first eight times. After retiring from active racing in 1995, Jacky Ickx remained in the trade as organiser of motor sports events.
Mario Andretti, born on February 28, 1940 in Italy, emigrated to the USA in 1955, taking with him his enthusiasm for motor racing. Andretti joined the Formula 1 scene in Watkins Glen in 1968. In the fourteen years of his Formula 1 career, he drove in 128 races, winning 12 times, and making it to World Champion in 1978. After retiring from Formula 1, he continued his career until 1994 as a professional racer in various American racing classes.
Sir Jack Brabham