Posted 13 June 2008 - 14:06
Gosh, lots I guess. Includes: Alberto Ascari, Juan Fangio, Stirling Moss, Karl Kling, Gigi Villoresi, Nini Farina, Tony Brooks, Mike Hawthorn, Peter Collins, Jack Brabham, Bruce McLaren, Peter Revson, Innes Ireland, Jochen Mass, David Piper, Jonathan Williams, Maria-Theresa di Fillips, Luigi Musso, Brian Redman, Mario Andretti, Dan Gurney, David Hobbs, Richie Ginther, Hans Herrmann, Sam Posey, John Surtees, Tim Parnell, George Follmer, Mike MacDowel, Jacky Ickx, Alan Jones, Gilles Villeneuve, Alan Stacey, Chris Bristow, Jo Bonnier, Emerson Fittipaldi, Jim Clark, Masten Gregory, Lloyd Ruby, Roger Penske, Walt Hansgen, Mark Donohue, Phil Hill, Graham Hill, Ronnie Peterson, Hans Stuck Sr. & Jr., John Fitch, and many more, primarily from the Fifties and Sixties and into the Seventies.
Ascari was a huge treat, we almost stumbling over him at the Valentino GP at Torino in 1955. We had a nice chat, maybe 10-15 minutes, me using my schoolbook Italian while to one of the true racing gods of the day. He was absolutely great, taking the time to speak with me. Had a long chat with Jim Clark about farming one year at Watkins Glen, the agreement being that we would not discuss racing. Had supper with Hans Herrmann where he talked about, among other things, his win at Le Mans and The Accident at the AVUS. On my first encounter with Bruce McLaren, I thought he was one fo the mechanics, which he thought was funny. Mario Andretti was lots of fun to talk with, having a wide range of interests. Karl Kling was another great treat, meeting him at a Mercedes dealership right after his victory in Berlin. Only Farina was a jerk, almost literally kicking me out of his way as he was hurrying through the paddock.