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Hagerty
Hagerty Employee

These 9 famous snake drivers did St. Patrick proud

It's Saint Patrick's Day, a holiday well known for the wearin' o' the green and tipping back a pint of Irish stout. Saint Patrick, however, has a reputation for driving all of the snakes off the Emerald Isle. Naturally, his favorite motorsports personalities would also be famous snake drivers, right?
https://www.hagerty.com/media/motorsports/these-9-famous-snake-drivers-did-st-patrick-proud/
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drm101
Detailer

You should check out Chris Winkler. Not famous, but Chrysler used him to threaten magazine test drivers. Go faster, or they'll send Chris out to the track. He is a heck of driver, and good people.
Elsie
Pit Crew

St Pat's Day and racing Alfas also had a 4 leaf clover on various surfaces of the cars.Worked for many years!
drhino
Technician

Quadrifoglio.

For those that don’t know the story behind Alfa’s use of it:

https://petrolicious.com/articles/more-than-luck-the-story-of-alfa-romeo-s-quadrifoglio-badge
50s60s70s
Intermediate Driver

It just goes to show that no matter where folks are from or the color of their skin, we all have a bit of Irish in us. Let's sit down today and have pints until the old lady in the corner with no teeth looks good enough to take home 🍺🍀...
MWL
Intermediate Driver

Could have also mentioned Keith Tanner at Flyin' Miata with his V8 "Habu" Miata conversion. "Habu" is also a Japanese pit viper.
Gary_Bechtold
Specialist

I miss the Viper. It should still be out there giving the Corvette competition.
9lbhammer
Advanced Driver

I miss it less now that I know I'll never have the 100K plus consumables to run one like it's supposed to be ran. Not sure what that says about me. Maybe I'm just a hater ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
DUB6
Specialist

Maybe, but you're sure an impressive keystroke emoji maker!  😃

SFSGM
Pit Crew

What? No AH-1 Cobra pilots? 🙂
BillHanlon
Intermediate Driver

... or SR-71 "Habu" pilots?
Brandan
Hagerty Employee

But St. Patrick drove the snakes out, he didn't fly them.
gtokdx1
Detailer

I now have so much respect for Ken Miles after seeing the movie Ford vs Ferrari! Twice!!!
DUB6
Specialist

I don't even know a few of these guys (a Scandinavian drift driver?  who knew?) - but I sure as heck know about Don Prudhomme.  I've done a few different kinds of automotive sports in my day, but my favorite of all was drag racing.  And anyone who was even just a casual observer in the big glory days of 1/4 mile drags knows about "The Snake" and his battles with "Mongoose".  Decent snake choices in the article, but Don is top o' the heap to me!