Jean Behra

In the 1959-1960 edition of Automobile Year a full-page color portrait of Behra fascinates me. It catches so well the split I remember in the Behra face: His dark brown eyes under his heavy brows could have belonged to two different people. His left eye was always slightly crinkled, as if he knew the punchline to some cosmic joke. That eye twinkled with warmth and life. But the right eye….well, you could get lost in the dark in those depths. And a chill factor had to be reckoned with as well. I sometimes wondered whether people chose to like Behra or to dislike him depending on whether it was his right or the left eye they habitually looked into when talking to him.
—  Denise McCluggage on Jean Behra