Their paths intertwined, but die-hard racers Guy Ligier and Didier Pironi took very different routes to success in Formula 1.

The former hung up his helmet early on to blend his passion with his business acumen and set up his own team, while the latter applied his talent and fierce determination exclusively behind the wheel.

Success ensued for both, but tragedy remained anchored to Pironi’s life. Forced out of F1 after a horrific accident in 1982, the Frenchman put his skills to use in offshore powerboat racing. It would lead to his demise however on this day in 1987.

Guy Ligier’s life was lived to the full, but oddly he also died on this day, August 23, in 2015.

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