F1's Rags to Riches To Rags Story

Tommy Byrne's rags-to-riches-to-rags tale is the craziest adventure from the bottom to the top and back to the bottom that any F1 driver has experienced.

Broke and punchy during his prime,

Byrne was a terror on four wheels,

a terror on his sponsors and competitors

and a terror in the pubs.

Byrne turned his innate skill behind the steering wheel into a one-way path from poverty to near-stardom. But that trajectory to the top—to wealth and success in F1— was repeatedly sidelined by a wild streak that would not be tamed.

His youthful defiance towards convention, authority, healthy living and measured behaviour ensured most opportunities were surrendered at crucial points in his career.