Finish line: Jackie Oliver

Former Formula 1 driver Jackie Oliver is best known for founding the Arrows racing team. He also won the 24-hour classics at Le Mans and Daytona

When did you first read Motor Sport? In the mid-1960s, to read what they said about my last race • Your day-to-day drive Jaguar 5.0 XFR • The best car you’ve owned 1971 Porsche 911 (free with my contract) • The one you covet most A Lotus 26R my father bought me in 1964. We beat the works team at Crystal Palace, which led to my Lotus F1 contract. I still have it • One racing car, one circuit…Lotus 48 F2, Brands Hatch GP circuit • Whom do you most admire? At this moment, Charles March • Your best friend My wife Dorthe • Your best character traitRealistic but ready to listen • Most prized possessionHealth and fitness as you get older • Your greatest extravagance Never had one • Your favourite place in the world Home, after being away for a time • The perfect holiday destination With family in the sun, enjoying activities that are fun and I can do without losing badly.... • Your restaurant recommendation Roka, or Zuma, both in London • The music you’re listening to Coldplay • The movie you love The English Patient • The last thing you read Not Dead Yet by Peter James. Peter and I raced together in the U2TC historic series last year • The best advice you’ve been given My father said you only fail for two reasons - you were unable to convince somebody you can succeed, or you got the job and didn’t succeed.