From the Archive – Schumacher, Ickx and Stuck


The big stories from the past fortnight in motor sport from the Archive.

The most successful Formula 1 driver of all time, Michael Schumacher, was born in 1969. He was a real talent from the start a fact Mercedes were quick to note during his Group C apprenticeship.

Two team-mates shared a birthday in early January, Jacky Ickx and Hans-Joachim Stuck. Both have been to lunch with Simon Taylor. Ickx for the October 2011 issue and Stuck two months later.

Keith Greene, F1-driver-turned-team-manager, celebrated his 78th birthday. In 2003, Gordon Cruickshank met with Greene to remember his long and illustrious career, taking in Formula 1 and Bernie Ecclestone, sports cars, touring cars and more.

Jim Clark experienced joy and despair, winning the South African Grand Prix in 1963, a year and a day after retiring from the lead in the 1962 title decider at the same circuit.

The 1977 Formula 1 season began in Argentina, and Jody Scheckter took Wolf to its maiden win on its debut.

It was the 30th anniversary of unique Le Mans winner and local hero Jean Rondeau‘s death in December. Pre-war Le Mans winner Sammy Davis died the day before he turned 94 in 1981, and his contemporary John Duff died in 1958.

Brits Lewis Hamilton and Mike Wilds both celebrated birthdays, so too Americans Bobby Rahal and Eddie Cheever jr. Double Indy 500 winner Rodger Ward was born 95 years ago, and 2013 Indy 500 winner Tony Kanaan turned 41.

Pascal Fabre, F1 driver and F3000 race-winner, turned 56 and the one-time F1 entrant Jean Lucienbonnet was born in 1923.

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