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The 50 Greatest Automotive Quotes of all Time.

Posted in auto industry, Bizarre, General by MrAngry | March 1st, 2010 | 9 Responses |

We all love famous quotes don’t we? Little snippets of verbiage that for whatever the reasons, are so profound that they stay with us forever.

Some, like Neil Armstrong’s famous moon landing quote have made history: That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.

Others, like the beauties from Yogi Berra of the New York Yankees have just made us laugh and wonder: You can observe a lot just by watching or Baseball is 90% mental — the other half is physical… WTF?

Since this is an automotive site I thought it may be entertaining to put together a listing of some of the greatest quotes as they pertain to the automobile industry and racing. I’ve included the photos of those who said them as well… who knows, maybe their pictures will give you a little insight as to the reasons why they said what they said. Either way though there are some kickers in there, so start reading and enjoy.

1. To finish first, you must first finish. Juan Manuel Fangio

2. Nobody remembers the guy who finished second but the guy who finished second.Bobby Unser

3. The winner ain’t the one with the fastest car, it’s the one who refuses to lose. Dale Earnhardt

4. You win some, you lose some, you wreck some. – Dale Ernhardt Sr.

5. Aerodynamics are for people who can’t build engines.Enzo Ferrari

6. The client is not always right.Enzo Ferrari

7. If you think the last 4 words of the national anthem are gentlemen, start your engines, you might be a redneck.Jeff Foxworthy.

8. Need to tie some kerosene rags around his ankles so the ants don’t eat his candy #$@
- Dale Earnhardt speaking of Mark Martin.

9. The lead car is absolutely unique, except for the one behind it which is identical.F1 commentator Murray Walker.

10. Turbochargers are for people who cant build engines.Keith Duckworth

11. Here Kitty Kitty Kitty! - Tony Stewart

12. We broke something, I think it was traction…Carl Edwards after getting spun out by Dale Jr. at Michigan

13. Auto racing, bull fighting, and mountain climbing are the only real sports… all the others are games.Ernest Hemingway

14. Calling upon my years of experience, I froze at the controls.Stirling Moss

15. Faster, faster, faster, until the thrill of speed overcomes the fear of death…Hunter Thompson

16. 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

17. It is amazing how may drivers, even at the Formula One Level, think that the brakes are for slowing the car down.Mario Andretti

18. Once you’ve raced, you never forget it…and you never get over it. - Richard Childress

19. Race cars are neither beautiful nor ugly. They become beautiful when they win.Enzo Ferrari

20. There’s no secret. You just press the accelerator to the floor and steer left.
Bill Vukovich

21. To achieve anything in this game you must be prepare to dabble in the boundary of disaster.
- Sterling Moss

22. To achieve anything in this game you must be prepare to dabble in the boundary of disaster.Sterling Moss

23. What’s behind you doesn’t matter.Enzo Ferrari

24. When you win a race your on top that day, so take it for what its worth, have a good time and party, cause the next day when you get out of bed, the meter goes back to zero again. - Bobby Allison

25. No, no, he didn’t slam you, he didn’t bump you, he didn’t nudge you… he *rubbed* you. And rubbin, son, is racin’.Harry Hogge, Days of Thunder

26. If you can leave two black stripes from the exit of one corner to the braking zone of the next, you have enough horsepower. - Mark Donohue

27. If you’re in control, you’re not going fast enough.Parnelli Jones

28. Mr. Bentley – He builds fast trucks.Ettore Bugatti

29. Why worry about death, it’ll come sooner or later. - Jim Dunn

30. Speed has never killed anyone, suddenly becoming stationary… that’s what gets you. Jeremy Clarkson

31. Auto racing began 5 minutes after the second car was built. - Henry Ford

32. As far as cheating goes, they’ll never stop it. The only way it can be done successfully, only one person can know about it.Smokey Yunick

33. It’s like flying jet fighters in a gymnasium - Dick Trickle was asked what racing at Windchester Speedway was like.

34. You can’t fix stupid - Larry Morgan, NHRA Pro Stock driver

35. You can tell that you’re in trouble when you feel the air on the back of your neck instead of in your face. - Buddy Baker

36. I got hit in the head pretty hard. My clock ran backwards for two years. - Buddy Baker

37. He ran out of talent about halfway through the corner.Buddy Baker

38. After the third flip, I lost control………… - Don Roberts after crashing in the Jade Grenade at New England Dragway in 1975.

39. We worked 80 hour weeks for 30 years to keep from having to get a real job.Tom Lemon’s comment on the rigors of being a drag racing.

40. It’s basically the same, just darker. - Alan Kulwicki, on racing Saturday nights as opposed to Sunday afternoons.

41. Auto racing is boring except when a car is going at least 172 miles per hour upside down. - Dave Barry

42. If someone said to me that you can have three wishes, my first would have been to get into racing, my second to be in Formula 1, my third to drive for Ferrari.Gilles Villeneuve

43. There are seven winners of the Monaco Grand Prix on the starting line today, and four of them are Michael Schumacher.Murray Walker

44. When I raced a car last it was at a time when sex was safe and racing was dangerous. Now, it’s the other way round. - Hans Stuck

45. I love this kind of racing, (but) these guys sure change their personalities in race mode. They’re like Doberman Pinschers with a hand grenade in their mouths. – Road racer Boris Said speaking of NEXTEL Cup drivers.

46. The crashes people remember, but drivers remember the near misses.Mario Andretti

47. When I started racing my father told me, ‘Cristiano, nobody has three balls but some people have two very good ones. - Cristiano Da Matta

48. Moonshiners put more time, energy, thought, and love into their cars than any racer ever will. Lose on the track, and you go home. Lose with a load of whiskey, and you go to jail. Junior Johnson, NASCAR legend, and one time whiskey runner.

49. There have been other tracks that separated the men from the boys. This is the track that will separate the brave from the weak after the boys are gone. – Driver Jimmy Thompson speaking about Daytona International Speedway.

50. Winning is everything. The only ones who remember you when you come second are your wife and your dog. Damon Hill

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9 Responses

  1. Wow !! this is really amazing automotive quotes.

  2. Auto Movers says:

    Being in the auto movers line of work, I get to be around a lot of race cars and things like that. Funny thing is that a lot of customers who race cars have similar type mentality to these auto racing quotes here. Guess once you get that bug you can’t stop!

  3. George Arana says:

    A professional mechanic will NEVER second guess himself G.Arana

  4. This is a great source of Collections of greatest quotes of about automobile with wisdom, truth, laughter, biblical verse and inspirational sayings quotes of the most controversial people in the history up to present.I LUV IT!

  5. D.C. Moons says:

    I was not Rick Mears, but the great Juan Manuel Fangio, 4-time World Driving Champion, who first said “To finish first, you must first finish.”

    I think Mr. Mears is enough of a gentleman to give Fangio credit where credit is due – so should be the administrator of this web site, as it is quite obvious they are a true racing fan. I would consider it a fitting and respectful action to make the appropriate changes, as regards the photograph and the author of the specified quote.

    • Gary says:

      I had heard (here say only) that Roger Penske had the credit for that saying. It has been around for a long time.

      • Gary says:

        Something like “Second place is the First looser” Many think of Dale Earnhardt from the movie “3”. In reality I remember it being around from my early racing years in the 60’s.

        I also have a small collection of racing quotes. If you are interested simply email a request and I will forward them to you.

  6. MrAngry says:

    Noted and changed!

  7. RC Cars says:

    Those are pretty good list. My favorite is:

    “Faster, faster, faster, until the thrill of speed overcomes the fear of death…”

    Just perfect.