In no particular order mine are;

Ayrton Senna – because he was the fastest racing driver there ever was.

Henri Toivonen – because he was very mad, very quick, and very very gifted indeed.

Walter Rohl – because not only is he one of the nicest people you could ever wish to meet, he was – and still is – a quite incredibly smart driver. Of any car, and on just about any kind of terrain you’d care to mention.

Colin McRae – because he was the guvnor, Amen.

Jeremy Clarkson/Andy Wilman – because without them the world of cars, especially on TV, would be a whole lot less amusing than it is.

LJK Setright  – because he could spin a yarn on the page like no other, before or since, and because he was 100 per cent bonkers behind the wheel of a car.

Keith Duckworth/Walter Hayes – because without their combined engineering and marketing savvy, Ford/Cosworth would never have built the double four valve (DFV) engine. 

Jerry Marshal – because he was the greatest club racing driver there ever was.

Gilles Villeneuve – because he was probably the most naturally talented racing driver there ever was.

Frank Williams – because no one adores his racing quite like Frank Williams, and because over the years he’s probably set more people up in the motor racing industry than any other individual on this earth.

So go on then, who are your heroes of the car world and why?