Some all-time greats simply die too young. Three-time Formula 1 World Champion Driver Niki Lauda cheated death in the 1976 German Grand Prix, at the age of 27. Fate gave him another 43 years – and his second and third World Champion titles – and universal respect and affection throughout the motor sporting world, not to mention a very successful business career. Until yesterday, when this authentic Austrian Hero – note the capital ‘H’ – finally succumbed, after having undergone two kidney transplants since 1997 and even last year a lung transplant.
Niki Lauda, 1949‑2019
Doug Nye began writing about racing cars at ‘Motor Racing’ magazine in 1963-64. Today he is a multiple award-winning motor sports journalist and author of over 50 years’ experience, with some 70 books to his name. He is Goodwood Motorsport’s founding Historian and consultant and fulfils similar roles for Bonhams Auctioneers and the Collier Collection/Revs Institute in Naples, FL, USA. He is a member of the National Motor Museum Advisory Council at Beaulieu, Hants, and is a regular columnist for ‘Motor Sport’ magazine, while contributing to many other specialist periodicals worldwide.