By Stuart Grant
When Michael Schumacher took the 2000 World Drivers’ Championship aboard a Ferrari, it broke a 21-year drought for the Scuderia. Yes, you guessed it, the last title of this sort for Enzo’s team was in 1979, and our man Jody Scheckter was the ace who secured it. To celebrate Sheckter’s 70th birthday, we look back at a chat we had with the once-F1 wild man, Ferrari icon and farmer.
Jody is a busy man. One would think that his move to farming would have been some sort of a ‘retirement’ slow down for a person in his position, but that is not the case. Like his racing, or firearms training simulator business that followed his track career, he’s gone into farming full tilt and made it a world leading success by remaining very hands-on and in charge.
So our little talk was a very brief telephonic one and as the theme was Ferrari I opened with: “To save time, we’ll jump past the Renault days…”
But Scheckter interrupted with: “No, the Renault days were the best days, the fun days and the days that got me onto the path to winning a world championship. Building my own Renault taught me on the mechanical front, which was invaluable all the way up into Formula 1. In fact, looking around my office now I am surrounded by Renault models and don’t see any Ferraris. I am also in the process of having a real life historic racing replica of my own Renault made – this being done where it all started for me – in East London.”