Arthur Jolley, who died recently aged 95, was a top class motorcyclist and rally co-driver who in the 1950s scored two top five finishes in the Monte Carlo Rally. With the legendary Cecil Vard, later the motoring correspondent for the Sunday Independent, at the wheel and Arthur navigating, they steered Vard's mother-in-law's Jaguar Mark V through 2,000 miles of snow, hail and rain to receive their laurels from Prince Rainier. Of great pride to Irish motorsport was the fact that the car was assembled and prepared in Ireland - by Maurice Cavey from his works in Camden Street.
One of the most controversial incidents in Formula 1 history is the signature flashpoint of a bitter rivalry which lit up the 1990s and left spectators crying out for another episode of a soap opera played out at speeds of 200mph.
This morning 50 years ago an Austrian, a New Zealander and a Swede woke up and prepared to drive in the world's most famous Grand Prix. For one man it would be his finest hour in Formula 1, for one his final bow and for another his first.
Few figures in Formula One emerged with any great credit as the season opener fell apart in Melbourne. Coronavirus, as had seemed inevitable, simply proved an implacable force against which the sport's attempt to pretend it was business as usual was left looking impotent and foolhardy.
In his own quiet way, Lewis Hamilton is orchestrating a coronation. On each day of this race weekend, he is being accompanied on the short freeway ride from Austin to the Circuit of the Americas by father Anthony and stepmother Linda, who will, in all likelihood, be guests of honour tomorrow night as he toasts a sixth Formula One world title.
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