Officially, 164 drivers have made just one grand prix start - a statistic slightly skewed by the anomalous Indianapolis 500s on the 1950s 'Formula 1' calendars.
We've selected eight of the most intriguing tales for this video rundown.
Jake Boxall-Legge explains the stories behind the man whose F1 career lasted just 800 metres, the one-hit wonder who ended up leading on his debut, the non-qualifier who talked his way onto the starting grid, the one-off who took out the race leader and more.
Some very well-known names who had much greater success elsewhere in motorsport - and on television - feature in our eight.
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