Auto Racing: With a Nudge for Luck

The Ferrari snarled down the straightaway past the finish line, coasted through a slowdown lap, and eased into the pits. What's this? wondered Driver John Surtees when mechanics swarmed round, hugging, kissing, pounding him on the back. Then they began chanting "Campione del mondo! Campione del mondo!" and Surtees finally got the message. "Oh," he said.

"I did it, didn't I?" It was enough to confuse anybody. In one of the wildest finishes in racing history, Britain's Surtees became the 1964 Grand Prix champion—by the humbling margin of a leaky oil line...

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