Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Chris Amon: 1943-2016

New Zealander Formula 1 and Sports Car driver Chris Amon has died at the age of 73 after battling cancer. As the Kiwi was deemed to be the most unluckiest driver in Formula 1, never winning a Grands Prix due to bad luck and mechanical maladies.

As his greatest triumphs came in endurance racing, where he not only won the 1966 24 Heurs du Mans for Ford with fellow countryman Bruce McLaren, but also won the following year's Daytona 24 Hours for Ferrari, having left to race the scarlet cars of Il Commendatore' (Enzo Ferrari) in F1.

And Amon's luck was apparently so bad in Formula 1 that Mario Andretti once famously quipped;

"If he became an undertaker, people would stop dying."