10. The legend of 'Tiny' Lund (1963)
In a real-life Hollywood script scenario, DeWayne 'Tiny' Lund won the 1963 Daytona 500 in truly remarkable circumstances. Just 10 days before the race, he didn't have a drive and was working the paddock when top driver Marvin Panch crashed his Birdcage Maserati while tyre testing for the 24-hour race.
His car crashed on the banking, rolled over and burst into flames. Lund, a gentle giant of a man who stood six-feet, six-inches and had served in the Korean war, was one of five people who disregarded their own safety to rescue Panch from the inferno. He was subsequently awarded the Carnegie Medal of Honour.
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