Here is Lewis Hamilton channeling his inner Juan Manuel Fangio in the summer of 2007, driving the monstrous, asymmetrical, wonderful W154 W196 of Mercedes’s only F1 world champion. When he gets into his new ride two weeks from now in Melbourne, he’ll have his first chance to join the club. (Photo by Vladimir Rys/Getty Images)

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Raphael Orlove

I was actually there when this happened! I was studying in Berlin and happened to be walking with some friends past the Brandenburg Gate when I heard the mix of V8s going down the straight course they'd set up. I ran over there and just watched and listend.

The very best was the Uhlenhaut Coupe, which took off just a few yards from me. The sound was physical. The pain in my ears was pronounced. It was amazing.