"Behind the Wheel: The Great Automobile Aficionados" by Robert Puyal (unknown to me) and published by Flammarian (never heard of them, either).
My daughter gifted this book to me; it arrived from Amazon today, "Like New".
A quick scan reveals it is heavy, pretty good photo reproductions, and the title is sort of appropriate, I guess. Seems to me the (English) language doesn't always convey what the (French) author expects. There are sections for decades, and among the "aficionados" are many well-known personages not always principally connected with automobilism: Françoise Sagan, Quentin Tarantino, anyone?
Jim Clark is there, Fangio, many other drivers of repute, as well as a few you could anticipate: James Dean (dust jacket cover photo), Steve McQueen, Paul Newman. Many of the names I do not recognize, but eventually I will learn something about them. Make that something about what the author thinks about them.
I don't much care for "Top Ten ... " lists, either.
Ob: BloodPresssure: "Great" has been skunked - it is no longer the useful word it once was.
Of course my opinion of Mr Puyal's opinion piece may be poorly argued, but:
There is no greater mistake than the hasty conclusion
that opinions are worthless because they are badly argued.
-Thomas Huxley, biologist and writer (1825-1895)