It is the story of Nina and Jochen Rindt. Nina; The widow of Jochen, the only formula 1 champion to be awarded the crown posthumously. Images of Nina show her patiently sitting recording lap times track-side during the many practice runs Jochen put in. It was during one of these runs in 1970 that Jochen crashed and paid the ultimate price for his love of motor racing.
Jochen and Nina were the golden couple of motor racing; this was an era before twitter, facebook and cheap celebrity, an era that was known as the decade that fashion forgot.
You only have to take a look at the images below to see that that could not be furthest from the truth. Nina and Jochen were the ultimate power couple on the circuit. They literally oozed style. Jochen was not a philanderer like many of his stablemates, he was head over heals in love with with Nina, a feeling clearly reciprocated judging by Nina’s stolen glances noticeable in some of the images I have discovered.
In the modern world celebrity couples do everything they can to be noticed, be photographed, and increase their fame. They court attention at every opportunity. When you look at images of Nina and Jochen you just see a normal couple going about their every day business, which just happened to be motor racing. They are almost oblivious to the attention they attracted, more interested in each other and the task ahead. How refreshing.
Nina having a chat with Steve McQueen, Nina chatting with James Hunt, Nina and Jochen at the track, or simply relaxing post-race in Geneva, a quiet confidence exudes from both of them, a confidence that only comes from people who are completely at ease with themselves.
You could call this an old-fashioned confidence, it’s something clearly absent in the modern world where people are continually seeking reassurance and praise for their often somewhat puerile pursuits.
To Jochen, a true champion, a true gentleman, and Nina, his lady. You humble us.