Innes Ireland flew to Germany and back in his aircraft. On the return journey he was accompanied by Jimmy Clark and Colin Chapman, and all three were very tired. Flying at about 10,000ft, they dozed off, one by one, and went batting along for about 10 minutes with the plane flying itself. Suddenly they all woke up with a start to ask hastily "Who's doing the driving?"
"I thought you were," said Colin. "No mate, I was asleep," replied Innes. "Me too," said Colin. Happy landings, chaps!
That was one of the lead Formula 1 news stories in the August 11 1961 edition of Autosport magazine, the issue immediately following F1's 100th world championship round - the German Grand Prix at the Nurburgring Nordschleife. Thankfully it didn't go down in history as the weekend when Ireland, rising star Clark and their team boss Chapman were lost in a plane crash - but it did turn out to the last F1 race win for a motorsport legend.