Ferdinand Porsche said Tazio Nuvolari was the greatest racecar driver of the past, present and future.
The guy was an animal. Busted up in crashes he’d crawl back on the seat or in the cockpit (he was a motorcycle racer before he turned to four wheels). He raced from 1930 to 1950. He raced for the big European teams and usually did well in Grand Prix, road race and Le Mans races.
In testing a 1925 Afla, he crashed when a gear box locked up. He took a severe gash to his back. Six days later in bandages and a pillow strapped to his stomach he was lifted onto a motorcycle by mechanics and won a race in the rain.
In a day/night race at 10 hour Mille Miglia he pushed his Zagato-bodied Alfa Romeo to an average of 62mph (a big deal at the time.) He led the race on elapsed time but was behind revile Achille Varzi. He tailed behind Varzi with his lights off at speeds up to 93mph. Varzi could not see Nuvlari in his mirrors. At the right moment, Nuvolari switched on his lights and shocked Varzi as he passed him and won the race.
Interesting guy--read about him. Punch his name into your search bar.