The Best Automotive Quotes of all time

We all love famous quotes don’t we? Random utterances that, for whatever the reasons, are so profound that they stay with us long after they are said or the people who said them are even gone.

Here are some of our favourite quotes pertaining to the automobile and racing industry:

“To finish first, you must first finish.”

– Juan Manuel Fangio –

Nicknamed El Chueco or El Maestro, Juan Manuel Fangio was a racing car driver from Argentina. He dominated the first decade of Formula One racing, winning the World Drivers’ Championship five times.

“Nobody remembers the guy who finished second but the guy who finished second.”

 – Bobby Unser –

 Robert William “Bobby” Unser is a retired American automobile racer. He won the Indianapolis 500 in three different decades i.e. 1968. 1975 and 1981.

“The winner ain’t the one with the fast car, it’s the one who refuses to lose.”

“You win some, you lose some, you wreck some.”

– Dale Earnhardt –


Nicknamed “The Intimidator”, Ralph Dale Earnhardt was an American race car driver and team owner, best known for his involvement in stock car racing for NASCAR.

“Aerodynamics are for people who can’t build engine.”

“The client is not always right.”

“What’s behind you doesn’t matter.”

“Race cars are neither beautiful nor ugly. They become beautiful when they win.”

– Enzo Ferrari –

 Enzo Anselmo Ferrari was an Italian motor racing driver, entrepreneur, and the founder of the Scuderia Ferrari Grand Prix motor racing team and subsequently of the Ferrari automobile marque.

“Auto racing, bull fighting and mountain climbing are the only real sports..all the others are games.”

– Ernest Hemingway –

Ernest Miller Hemingway was an American novelist, short story writer and journalist, who won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1953 and Nobel Prize in Literature in 1954.

 “I don’t know driving in another way which isn’t risky. Each one has to improve himself. Each driver has its limit. My limit is a little bit further than other’s.”

 – Ayrton Senna –

 Ayrton Senna da Silva was a Brazilian racing driver who won three Formula One world championships. He was killed in an accident while leading in the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix.

“It is amazing how many drivers, even at the Formula One level, think that the brakes are for slowing the car down.”

“The crashes people remember, but drivers remember the near misses.”

– Mario Andretti –

Mario Gabriele Andretti is a retired Italian-American world champion racing driver. He is one of only two drivers to win races in Formula One, IndyCar, World Sportscar Championship and NASCAR.

“If you’re in control, you’re not going fast enough.”

 – Parnelli Jones –

 Rufus Parnell “Parnelli” Jones is a retired American racing driver and race car owner most remembered for his accomplishments at the Indianapolis 500 and becoming the first driver to qualify over 150 mph in 1962.

“Speed has never killed anyone, suddenly becoming stationary…that’s what gets you.”

 – Jeremy Clarkson –

Jeremy Charles Robert Clarkson in an English broadcaster, journalist and writer, who specialises in motoring.

“Auto racing began 5 minutes after the second car was built.”

“Any colour – so long as it’s black.”

– Henry Ford –

 Henry Ford was an American industrialist and the founder of the Ford Motor Company.

“Have a coke and a smile!”

 – John DeLorean –

John Zahary DeLorean was an American engineer and executive in the U.S. automobile industry, and widely known for his work at General Motors and as the founder of the DeLorean Motor Company.
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