We all have trouble when it comes to 'the greatest', 'the best', most 'versatile' even, and it is of course impossible to compare peaches with coconuts, so how about trying to limit the argument to a decade?
I propose that we put forward a case for the 'Most Significant Personality' in two categories, for each of the 10 year periods that the current Formula 1 Championship has run since 1950 (please let us ALL accept that there is only one Championship, despite any name, rule changes over the intervening years.), the idea is to avoid lengthy and pointless arguments concerning the merits of drivers from different era's.
So who would you name as the 'Personality' of Grand Prix Racing, and the 'Most Significant Person of the era? The MSP could be from any discipline or indeed none.
Each decade requires two answers. Capische?
1960 - 69
1980 - 89
1990 - 99
2000 - 2009
For those so inclined I also invite nominations for a special category, Pre 1950;
There are three divisions to cater for most of the likely entrants.
I sincerely hope that there will be no controversy, and I acknowledge that the 'rules' are open to criiticism of being 'loose', however I would emphasise that this is a 'bit of Christmas fun and not World War Three.
Example' 1960 - 69 GP personality: Graham Clark. MSP: Jean Marie Balustrades.
It is not neccessary to enter names in each era, you may be selective.
NB: No doubt some grizzled veteran will tell us that "It's all be done before" back in 1998 or such, but with new members joining all the time and changing perceptions, who cares?
It's worth another go.
Edited by Bauble, 29 November 2011 - 11:11.