It’s well documented that he was one of the unluckiest drivers of his era, particularly when it came to World Championship Grand Prix racing. Seven times he led a race – four times for Ferrari, twice for Matra and once in a March – and in many cases he looked good for victory until mechanical frailty got the better of whatever car he was in. Three times he took second place, coming agonisingly close to joining a special club. In fact, just 1.1s was the margin between winning and losing around the fearsome, original-spec Spa-Francorchamps in 1970. Fastest lap, at an average of 152mph, in the STP March 701 was scant consolation.
Amon did enjoy his fair share of success in other arenas. He won non-championship GPs against regular, top-class opposition, took victory for Ford at Le Mans, won at Daytona for Ferrari and secured the Tasman Series for the Prancing Horse. His was an impressive CV, with a wide variety of disciplines and machines appearing on it.
By way of celebration of that speed and versatility, we’ve chosen 10 cars – not all of them winners, in fact some of them absolute dogs – that we think exemplify that Amon spirit.