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Jacky Ickx
Jacky Ickx

Jacky Ickx Biography:

Jacky Ickx Biography-Jacques Bernard "Jacky" Ickx was born on 1 January 1945, in Brussels, Belgium. He is known as famous Belgian former racing driver who won the highly prestigious “24 Hours of Le Mans”, world’s oldest active sports car race,  six times, achieved eight wins and 25 podium finishes in Formula One. In 1979, he won the Can-Am Championship and is a former winner of the Dakar Rally. His father, motoring journalist Jacques Ickx, first introduced him to the sports, when he was taken to races which his father covered. 

Awards and personal life:

  • Awarded the Honorary Citizen of Le Mans prior to the 2000 race, the first sports person to do so.
  • Inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in 2002.

His father Jacques Ickx and older brother Pascal Ickx were racing drivers. Jacky Ickx first married Catherine Ickx and they both have one daughter Vanina Ickx. She also followed  her father's footsteps to become a racing driver as well. Later Jacky Ickx again married Khadja Nin, a Burundian singer and musician.

Jacky Ickx Motivation Quotes:

  • “My father was a motorsports journalist and a motorbike fan. He gave me my motocross bike. In this sport luck and tragedy are only a few hundredths of seconds apart from each other.”

  • “And luckily, therefore the good old days return. The traditional art of driving counts again, and it is all about good tactics, skills and reflexes instead of simple power.”

  • “In this sport luck and tragedy are only a few hundredths of seconds apart from each other.”

  • “That is why, as soon as I felt a real attraction for my first passion which was the motorcycle, and in spite of the danger it could represent, they encouraged me.”

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  • “The margin between success and drama is fractional.”

  • “In the end I didn't get a top car any more. I had no toughness left. That was the reality.”

Jacky Ickx

  • “But due to the present regulations the other drivers have better chances again. This brings back the tension.”

  • “In the past, two colleagues died each season. It was generally accepted this could happen.”

  • “I drove long distances like the 24 hours of Le Mans for years. But even this racing is now over. I retired.”

  • “I am infinitely grateful to the life which privileged me.”

  • “The existence is a tremendous curiosity, with in the course of the years, the discovery of yourself in your inmost evolutions. With the age you feel better than you are, what you represent. Which means a little at the planet's scale.”

  • “The fact that I am still alive after 100,000 laps is my championship.”

  • “To be here recovers from a state of soul, from a state of mind. I have the memory of the heart. I know what I received. I must have the will to give back to others.”

  • “Everything was magnificent so far, even if I knew my part of dramas.”

  • “To be here recovers from a state of soul, from a state of mind. I have the memory of the heart. I know what I received. I must have the will to give back to others.”

Jacky Ickx

  • Happy to see that the Automobile Club of Monaco, opened its doors to the public to attend a considerable event. The promotion of this event will be made by the image and by the text, but still by word of mouth.”

  • “What fascinated me, it was not the glory, but the contact with the public.”

  • “Before the season begins, I had even damaged some frames, but Ken did not hold it against me and kept all his confidence. He was the one who incontestably changed my life, because without his help, I do not know what I will have become.”

  • “Fortunately, in the place where I went out, they had set up a little previously a fence which prevented me finally from smashing against trees. I went out with a broken leg only. A small price to be paid at the time for an accident of this kind.”

  • “I believe to have been one of the rare drivers to have returned to Ferrari.”

  • “In this kind of situation, we tend to cling to his convictions, we believe that, by magic, we are going to recover. Then we agree to drive less good cars and we are fatally more exposed. It is what finally happened to me with Ensign.”

  • “Nevertheless during these two seasons, Chapman impressed me a lot because he had the faculty to pull himself out of the most critical situations.”


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