A royal gun salute for Bernie's 90th

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Bernie Ecclestone turns a ripe 90-years-young on this day, but with each passing year, F1's former supremo doesn't grow old, he just becomes a classic.

More than anything else, more than the wheeling and dealing, it's always been about the engines ringing in his ears.

From the Brabham days as a team owner to the modern days as the guardian of the sport, the underlying theme that has always made Mr. 'E' tick is passion. Once a racer, always a racer.

Despite the unsettling current state of the world, it's been something of a banner year for Bernie and wife Fabiana who welcomed their son Ace into the world last summer.

The new arrival was the billionaire's first son, joining daughters Tamara, Petra and Deborah from Ecclestone's previous marriages.