The last of the playboys? It's a tag that probably overemphasises Gerhard Berger's devil-may-care approach to Formula 1. Yet in a career that coincided with the sport's step-change in worldwide popularity, there was something in the Austrian's attitude that chimed of an earlier, more relaxed, era.
As a contemporary of the likes of Juan-Manuel Fangio, Stirling Moss and Mike Hawthorn during the very early years of the Formula 1 World Championship, Britain's Tony Brooks was part of one of the most revered, and talented, generations the sport has ever witnessed.
Stirling Moss. It's a name that is to motor racing what fish is to chips. Much like Bobby Charlton, his is also a name that seems to have transcended its bearer's chosen sport. "Who do you think you are, Stirling Moss?" was the chide of traffic police in years gone by.
That Formula 1's most successful ever exponent, Michael Schumacher, rates Mika Hakkinen as his toughest ever adversary tells you all you need to know about Finland's only two-time World Champion. He was known as the 'Flying Finn' and for anyone who raced against him at his peak it was no wonder.
Winning in sport for the first time always holds a special resonance. For Australia's Alan Jones that comes in the form of being the first man to win the World Championship for one of Formula 1's most historic teams, Williams. Six drivers - including several fellow F1 legends -repeated his 1980 triumph over the course of the next 17 years but Jones was very much the first. And always will be.
The majority of our legends raced in an era when the world's best contested many categories other than Formula 1. But which driver was the best all-rounder? Graham Hill was the only one to do it in Monaco, Indianapolis and at Le Mans; Jim Clark made it look as easy in a Lotus Cortina as he did a Lotus F1 car; while John Surtees did it on two wheels as well as four. As for Stirling Moss...well, he's Stirling Moss isn't he?
For 21 years between 1979 and 2000, South Africa's Jody Scheckter held something of a unique title - Ferrari's last World Champion. That Formula 1's most historic and successful team suffered a Drivers' Championship drought of two decades up until the start of Michael Schumacher's era of dominance in truth said more about their own performance and organisation through that period than it did about the calibre of some of the drivers that passed through Maranello.
If ever you wanted a driver to take a car by the scruff of the neck and wring a result out of it, then Nigel Mansell was your man. If Lewis Hamilton is the most exciting driver to watch of the current generation, then Mansell was undoubtedly the swashbuckling star of his. Brave, determined and bold - he was the ultimate racer's racer and the 1992 World Championship was the very least his racing talents deserved.
Triple World Champion Jackie Stewart is a true Formula 1 legend. Not only was the Scot one of the greatest racing drivers of all time, he pioneered the sport's drive to improve safety standards, became a success in the business world and returned to F1 to become a race-winning team owner. He's a figure that truly transcended his sport and who continues his association with F1 to this day.
During the last decade, the prestigious accolade of Formula 1's youngest ever World Champion has changed hands three times. But before Fernando Alonso became the first driver under the age of 25 to win the title in 2005, one man had held the honour for over 30 years - Emerson Fittipaldi.