In 1977, Hans Stuck strapped himself into a Brabham BT45B. The car had the heart of an Alfa Romeo while Stuck was powered by giant brass...something or others. This was the 1977 Grand Prix of the United States, and it was set to unfold at a very wet Watkins Glen. Stuck would have a long day ahead of him, with more than 100,000 spectators eyeing his every move.
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With that Brabham race car, Stuck qualified just off the pole. In front of him was one Mr. James Hunt, who had recently captured his first (and only) Formula 1 championship crown. Over the course of the next 14 laps, it was Stuck who led the entire field. His wet weather prowess remains the stuff of legend, and he was certainly ready to put on a show that day.
Unfortunately, the car broke down before Stuck did, and he didn't finish the race. His clutch wasn't holding gears in place, it popped out of gear, and it did so in a turn. Stuck hit the wall and had to retire from the race.
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This car lives on, though, as it has a home in the Alfa Romeo museum in Arese, Italy. This March, it is taking a trip back to the States, and it's set to make an appearance at the 2016 Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance. If you want to see a neat bit of motorsports history, this is the time to do so. Hans Stuck is a living legend. He may not have nabbed that F1 championship title, but he's had an amazing career in the endurance racing world.
Go see his car and hopefully run into the man himself.