The legends of auto racing are not just great stories, but also people who tell those legends are true. There are plenty of legends out there about legendary drivers, some of them you have probably heard about or have some knowledge about. Some of those legends just sound too good to be true. Here is a look at four of the more popular legends of auto racing.
One of the most famous legends is that of Bill France's winning drive at Le Mans in 1970. Many people have told tales about how he nearly won the race but finally came within inches of winning it. Many also have told about how France almost lost the race due to engine problems, but still came back to win and take the trophy. French was not just a legend in the annals of auto racing, but in the history of automotive engineering as well. Many automotive enthusiasts consider him to be a true legend.
Another legend about endurance events is Richard Wagner. He was one of the greatest drivers of all time, and this ended up being his undoing. Many in the public opinion of history thought he lost many of his legendary status when he decided to retire from competitive racing. However, it was too late for many of his fans, and even today Wagner is still one of the favorites in any Endurance Series event.
One other great driver that has become popular in history is Mario Balotelli. There have been many tales and rumors about how he won the Treviso race, and many say he actually did. Balotelli is one of the most famous legends in the history of Italian sports, and many people still hold that view. There was a big dispute over whether he actually won, but after a long court battle it was settled in his favor. He has since retired from competitive racing.
A final legend worth mentioning is Jean Baptiste Richard, better known as simply Bobby Heenan. He began competing in Formula One in 1960 and went on to have five wins in his first six starts. After that he faded somewhat, but he always remained a favorite with many of his fellow drivers. He was also loved by many of the fans of Formula One.
All of these legends have a fascinating story to tell, and many of them are true. As technology and racing develop more, the truth will probably come out, but for now we have to take the good that the legends can bring us. One thing is for sure, and that is that without legends such as these there would be very few races left to be won today. So the next time you go watch an endurance event to pay tribute to some of these greats of motor racing.