When one dream fades, another overtakes
For someone who tends to prefer peace and quiet, Jacky Ickx has had an extremely exceptional and outrageous life. As a young man, the eight-time Grand Prix winner and ‘Monsieur Mans‘ dreamed of rather more contemplative activities, such as gardening. But then he got into motorcycle racing and quickly discovered a passion for speed and conquest through technical skill: the spark for an unparalleled career was ignited.
I discovered the joy of not being last.
24 hours of Le Mans and 144 hours of success
Ickx is one of the most successful sports car racers ever and a true savant of motorsport. He credits his guardian angel for having survived 32 seasons. Moreover, at every opportunity Ickx emphasises that he sees himself as a team player, and knows that the experts in the background share an equal role in his success and the realisation of his dreams. Like his incredible six wins in Le Mans, four of which behind the wheel of a Porsche. All of this makes him one of the most inspiring figures in motorsport today – especially for young talents with their future still ahead of them.
It seems gardening's loss, was motorsports' gain. And we see that sometimes it pays to let one dream go in order to make room for another one.