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GP Week : Issue 194
F1 >>> FEATUrE 6. Clay Regazzoni Clay Regazzoni’s just beats his contemporary, Keke Rosberg, in the moustache stakes. While Keke sported a more walrus-like look, Clay’s was firmer, thicker. You could have shaved it off and used it to stuff cushions. 5. Graham Hill We’re not sure if the Wacky Races villain, Dick Dastardly, was modelled on Graham Hill’s styling, but the likeness is certainly striking. Take Hill’s London Rowing Club helmet stripes and compare them with the striped scheme on Dastardly. Take also the pencil-thin Errol Flynn style moustache sported by both, although Graham’s didn’t quite have the length of his animated counterpart. Perhaps there the similarities end. The only trap Graham set for his rivals was into tricking them that he was a mere mortal on the race track. A record of two World Championships, fourteen wins (including a then- unheralded five at Monaco!) mark him out as one of the sport’s greatest. The moustache stuck with him – or he with it – through every one of his seventeen years in top-flight Formula 1. 4. Nigel Mansell The man dubbed as having “the fastest moustache since Erroll Flynn” is an instant inclusion on this shortlist. It’s hard to tell if Nigel had three eyebrows – or three moustaches – on that head of his, but it was an iconic look that lasted the entirety of his Formula 1 career. “Beneath the British helmet, his upper lip stiff, his teeth gritted and his moustache bristling, even though squashed flat by his balaclava, Mansell had nothing to ward Piquet off with except sheer skill.” – Clive James Post-F1, Nigel opted to ditch the moustache and has remained caterpillar-free on that upper lip virtually ever since. 3. Dieter Zetsche Dieter Zetsche is not a name you’d typically find on the lips of many Formula 1 fans, but Zetsche is Chairman of Management Board and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars, Daimler AG. Basically, he’s the bigwig that Toto Wolff, Niki Lauda and Ross Brawn (for the moment at least) are answerable to. Armed with an engineering doctorate, readers in North America might recall him as the face of the ‘Ask Dr Z’ advertising campaigns for DaimlerChrysler. But just look at that magnificent moustache. Enough said, really... 2. Nick Heidfeld The ultra-quiet German took his first baby steps into facial hair growing in late 2006, promptly ensuring that he didn’t look like a 13-year-old who’d stumbled onto a Formula 1 grid. And it’s a look that ‘Quick Nick’ has kept ever since, ranging from a neatly trimmed goatee into a wilder ‘Wolfman’. Few of today’s racers can sport – and keep – the facial fuzz quite as well as Nick. but the run-away Winner is ... 1. Harald ertl There really could only be one winner: a journalist-turned-racer and serial facial hair aficionado. We speak of course of the late Harald Ertl, Of course there’s that impressive bushy beard, but what’s really eye-catching is that enormous handlebar moustache. Quite how on earth he got his head into that helmet among all those whiskers is one thing. How he didn’t singe all that fur when pulling Niki Lauda out of his fiery Ferrari at the Nurburgring is something else. Harald may not have been the fastest moustache in Formula 1, but his certainly was the best. 26 GPWEEK.com // 26 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: