Joakim Bonnier was the foremost professional racing participant in the Formula 1 Circus in Europe. Born in 1930, he started his professional career in 1956, and won the Championships in the Holland Grand Prix in 1959, and in the German Grand Prix in 1960. He won the Nürnburg Ring in 1966, the Grand Prix de Paris in 1969 and in Barcelona in 1971. His last race was Le Mans in 1972 where he met an untimely death. His most important efforts in the Formula 1 circus, however, are his presidential enterprises, from 1962 until his death in 1972, to secure the courts for the drivers as well as for the arranging personnel. His strict rules in order to secure the courts on a whole range of areas will be remembered forever in the racing world.
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