Chris Amon rip



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    Part of a great team with Denny Hulme and Bruce MacLaren. Love this shot of those guys finishing 1 and 2 at the 1966 Le Mans 24 hour race here's the story behind it

    A mate of mine used to deliver petrol out to his farm and he had no idea who he was, one day he mentioned something about racing and Amon said he'd done a bit himself and took him into his house and showed him the photos and trophies etc. Needless to say he was blown away. Legend



  • dead set legend. It's a shame he's not more well known considering what he did.
     
    I was mad in to motor racing when i was a young fulla, and even i know bugger all about him other than he was a formula 1 driver from the glory days.
     
    By all accounts achieved the least but was probably the quickest?



  • dead set legend. It's a shame he's not more well known considering what he did.
     
    I was mad in to motor racing when i was a young fulla, and even i know bugger all about him other than he was a formula 1 driver from the glory days.
     
    By all accounts achieved the least but was probably the quickest?

    Not sure but a lot of it has to do with team tactics, Hulme was leading but had to let McLaren in first in that race apparently and MacLaren was far and away the most ambitious.  It was a good era for motor racing in NZ , we actually had a formula one race in the 50s in Levin of all places. Because it was towards the end of the season a lot of the teams would sell their cars here to fund next season so quite a few classics ended up here.
    There was another guy competing on the circuit that doesn't get as much attention https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Howden_Ganley he struggled to get a decent team but apparently he was from all accounts a very good driver.



  • Was he the one who is regarded as the greatest f1 driver to have never won a f1 world championship? Or was that Denny Hulme?
     
    Remember him being interviewed on Radio Sport a few years back - seemed a humble guy considering he was a motorsport superstar (most are divas).



  • dead set legend. It's a shame he's not more well known considering what he did.
     
    I was mad in to motor racing when i was a young fulla, and even i know bugger all about him other than he was a formula 1 driver from the glory days.
     
    By all accounts achieved the least but was probably the quickest?

    For many of my age, he was the guy from the Toyota ads.  When you take time to read his achievements he was a kiwi legend of the sport RIP



  • Was he the one who is regarded as the greatest f1 driver to have never won a f1 world championship? Or was that Denny Hulme?
     
    Remember him being interviewed on Radio Sport a few years back - seemed a humble guy considering he was a motorsport superstar (most are divas).

    Apparently, he's in pretty good company on this list http://www.motorsportmagazine.com/archive/article/february-2014/61/ferrari-s-20-greatest-f1-drivers
    His team mate Jacky Ickx came out to race in Bathurst in the mid 70s and when he came in from qualifying told the team his falcons brakes were shot, they took the car out and the were fine -just shit compared to f1 brakes. He wrecked them during the race and Kevin Bartlett had to drive the last part of the race with no brakes , still won though.



  • For many of my age, he was the guy from the Toyota ads. When you take time to read his achievements he was a kiwi legend of the sport RIP

    "I'm a little more impatient than your average farmer"



  • Was the equivalent of The Stig on the NZ car show in the 80s. The Drive Show? Dougal Stevenson?



  • 80 years to the day that Jim Clark was killed too.
     
    Unless I'm getting NZ and UK time mixed up.
     
    Edit: In fact complete bollocks. Next time Cato check the facts on some bit of click fodder you read. Clark would have been 80 this year. But not to the day. Move along. Nothing to see here.



  • Was the equivalent of The Stig on the NZ car show in the 80s. The Drive Show? Dougal Stevenson?

    The Motor Show, I think.
     
    Dougal was a bit drier than Clarkson.



  • Was he the one who is regarded as the greatest f1 driver to have never won a f1 world championship? Or was that Denny Hulme?
     
    Remember him being interviewed on Radio Sport a few years back - seemed a humble guy considering he was a motorsport superstar (most are divas).

    Moat weren't divas in his day. Party animals, playboys yes, but they pretty much all stayed together for 9-10 months of the year usually in the same hotels and too many of them were dying on the track to be overly precious.

    Was the equivalent of The Stig on the NZ car show in the 80s. The Drive Show? Dougal Stevenson?

    That's how he got the Toyota gig. He reviewed a Corona and said it was the worst car he'd ever driven.
     
    To his credit Toyota signed him up to create the Corona Amon "specially designed for NZ conditions"



  • Moat weren't divas in his day. Party animals, playboys yes, but they pretty much all stayed together for 9-10 months of the year usually in the same hotels and too many of them were dying on the track to be overly precious.
     
     
    That's how he got the Toyota gig. He reviewed a Corona and said it was the worst car he'd ever driven.
     
    To his credit Toyota signed him up to create the Corona Amon "specially designed for NZ conditions"

    I used to have a story about Damon Hills father driving f1 back in the day, he turned up to the track late after a long night, hunted out a car with German plates parked next to it and left a copy of Scourge of the Swastika on the parcel shelf so the cars owner could see it and then went out and spent the day racing. The author said he came into the pub and saw Hill and two or three others quietly  standing around a fireplace and assumed they were all having a toast to someone who died on the track that day so he walked over to see what happened  . He did a rapid about turn when he realised they had placed a shotgun shell on the hearth of the fire which they had just stoked up  and were playing chicken to see who would be the last one standing there as the fire built up.



  • A 2001 documentary on McLaren, Hulme and Amon
     
    https://www.nzonscreen.com/title/trio-at-the-top-2001