Buon compleanno to the original Super Mario!

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From the small village of Montona where he was born to a refugee camp in Lucca, Italy, where he spent part of his childhood, to the many tracks across the world where he built his legend, it's been quite a ride for motorsport's real Super Mario.

The 1979 F1 world champion and Indy 500 winner, accurately described as the sport's greatest all-rounder, turns 81-years-young on this day.

And Mario Andretti's favourite place to spend the day is still behind the wheel of a racing car. But savouring a bottle of Villa Andretti Chardonnay is the next best thing…