Ickx put his own life at risk of being run over, but he had a purpose which tragically would be played out moments later.”

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The Gentleman Racer



Back when drivers weren’t restricted to racing just in Formula One but were free to switch categories as they pleased, Jacky Ickx had them all covered. So how can this six-time Le Mans winner still be so humble all these years later?



Maybe when you raced during an era where every third competitor would be killed, you value life and the people around you a little more. My time with Jacky Ickx confirmed everything I’d been told before hand, that he could teach you lessons not only on the track but also in life.


For a man who has survived arguably the most dangerous era of motorsport, Belgian, Jacky Ickx, at 72, still emits the enthusiasm and passion for motor racing of a teenage boy.


His father, motoring journalist Jacques Ickx, encouraged Jacky to get into motor racing by buying him a small dirt bike at 15.


After winning races and gaining attention across Belgium, he was loaned a BMW car to race and kept winning which was enough to get the attention of F1 team owner, Ken Tyrrell. [To be continued...]

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