I wouldn’t be surprised if your postbag was full of omissions from your cult hero list [Cover story, November issue], so here’s mine: why Kimi and not Keke? This Flying Finn could have been conceived in Hollywood – debonair, outspoken, a maverick who rejected the fitness obsession, stubbing out his cigarette and climbing aboard to record the fastest-ever pole lap. He shone when the odds were against him. People write reverently about Senna’s first lap at Donington in 1993, but Keke’s first lap at a damp Monaco 10 years earlier was equally impressive. Starting fifth, a lone Cosworth among turbos and the only guy on slicks, he was second by St Devote and leading by the end of the lap, waltzing away to victory and finishing with a raw palm, having lost the gear knob on this circuit of a thousand gear changes. As you say of Chris Amon, “Wins and titles… rarely tell the full story.” Keke’s tally of five wins does not do him justice in my view. His character and flair will always mark him as my cult hero.
Barry Flegg’s modified Lotus 7Y proved thata 7 could be competitive in the Clubmans series