Formula One veteran, Nurburgring idol and Le Mans hero Hans-Joachim Stuck tells Andrew Frankel who he has admired most in his racing life.
His father, Hans Stuck Sr
“The first has to be my dad,” he says, recalling his father’s career as a works Auto Union driver, multiple grand prix winner and hillclimb champion. “Racing was in my blood from the day I was born.
“Thanks to him I first drove around the Nürburgring when I was 10 years old, with him sitting next to me in his BMW 700. I think the lap took 40 minutes. He was a wonderful, kind man too.”
His mother, Christa Stuck
“She is the most positive person you could ever meet. Her glass is always half full. She came out of the war with not much more than her handbag, but she never looked back.
“She’s 88 now, a day hardly ever goes past when I don’t speak to her and she’s as positive now as she has ever been. It’s no exaggeration to say she has been an inspiration to me for my entire life.”