|Luigi Musso: Talented, Tempting and Troubled|
| ||Following Alberto Ascari's back-to-back titles in 1952 and 1953 there have been no Italian Formula One World Champions. While there has been a great amount of hope throughout the years, Italians have been left without a World Champion. Perhaps, it could be argued, all such hopes died with Luigi Musso on the 6th of July in 1958.
Since Ascari there have certainly been some notable Italian drivers within Formula One history books. Such names as Michele Alboreto, Elio de Angelis, Alex Zanardi, Ri...[Read more...]|
|1958 British Grand Prix: A Brit Finally Triumphs at Silverstone|
|By the start of the 1958 Formula One season there had been two British victories at the home grand prix. However, the post-war home of the British round of the World Championship was yet to be conquered by a native driver. Only Aintree had served British euphoria. However, that would change on the 19th of July courtesy of Peter Collins.
In the minds of the British, the greatest victory to that point in Formula One history, at least in the British Grand Prix, had come in 1957 when Stirling Mos...[Read more...]|
|1954 24 Hours of Le Mans: A French Bull Runs to Victory at Le Mans|
|Everything needs to be right amongst drivers competing for victory in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Not only do they need to share the car over the course of a whole day but their driving styles must compliment each other. In the case of the 1954 24 Hours of Le Mans there would be no better pairing than a calm, steady Frenchman and a wild Pampas bull from Argentina.
Prior to the 22nd running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Maurice Trintignant had already achieved a career driving a vast number of diff...[Read more...]|
|1954 British Grand Prix: An Argentinean at Home in England|
|Long before the Falklands War cooled feelings between England and Argentina, Jose Froilan Gonzalez would show himself to be right at home on English shores. Having put his name in the record books as Ferrari's first Formula One victor, Gonzalez would be back with the very same team looking to see if he could repeat the achievement.
Jose Froilan Gonzalez had struggled in Formula One throughout his debut season in 1950. His prospects seemed to be all gone by the end of the season. However, an i...[Read more...]|
|1951 Italian Grand Prix: Promising Result Left Unfilfilled|
|In 1957, at the Italian Grand Prix, Andre Simon, almost as usual, would share a drive with Ottorino Volonterio and would finish his final Formula One grand prix in 11th place. And while the fact Simon would have to share his drive with another would not be all that surprising to many, it would be a far cry from what many believed would be the case after the 1951 Italian Grand Prix.
Andre Simon had made an impressive debut at the 1949 24 Hours of Le Mans, which gained the attention of Amedee G...[Read more...]|