The greatest club racing characters
From legendary drinking habits to dramatic driving styles, there has been no shortage of cult-hero figures over the past 70 years in national motorsport. Here's an extended version of the original list that appeared in Autosport's 70th anniversary bookazine
Choosing 10 legendary club racing characters from the past 70 years was no mean feat.
From those who have achieved outstanding success, to those who were brilliant underdogs, had sensational driving styles or were as famous for their off-track antics as their triumphs on the Tarmac, there were no shortage of candidates.
Picking just 10 for Autosport's special 70th birthday bookazine in 2020 was therefore a challenge, so here's a slightly longer version of that feature, which includes a few more of the greatest club racing characters.
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