John Watson – the man who once described himself as “the last macho racing driver” – is celebrating his 64th birthday today!

The Grand Prix veteran contested in over 150 race starts, taking five victories in a career spanning 1973 to 1985, driving for teams such as Brabham, Surtees, Penske and McLaren.

Perhaps Watson was too much of a perfectionist in trying to set up the car, and could be less than inspired behind the wheel if the car wasn’t handling to his liking. He was a championship contender in 1982 by dint of some glorious recovery drives – his win from near the rear of the field in that year’s Detroit Grand Prix was particularly inspired – but his form, all-too-often was alarmingly variable.

Since retiring from F1, Watson drove in sports cars for the likes of Jaguar and Toyota, and is an esteemed motorsports commentator for the Eurosport TV network.

John Watson

[Original image via The Cahier Archive]

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Richard Bailey

Founder & Chief Editor at MotorsportM8
Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.