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Martin Stretton at the wheel of Simon Bull’s Tyrrell P34, during a historic F1 meeting at Silverstone in 2005. Photo: Peter Collins

Though historic racers themselves tend not to become “famous,” there certainly are a handful of very talented drivers, across the globe, that have risen to such a high level, as to have garnered their historic “fame.” Certainly, British-racer Martin Stretton must rank near the top of these elite amateur racers. Born in 1959, he won the 1995 and 2000 Historic F1 championships and the 1994 and 2005 F2 titles and, over the course of his racing career, has raced over 100 different racecars. Recently, he spoke with Vintage Racecar’s Simon Stiel about his many cars and experiences as he approaches the 30th anniversary of his competition debut in a Hillman-Imp.

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