How Britain’s lost Ferrari star epitomised a bygone F1 era
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How Britain’s lost Ferrari star epitomised a bygone F1 era

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The 1956 Italian Grand Prix was over for Juan Manuel Fangio, along with his hopes of winning the world championship – until his Ferrari team-mate (and title rival) voluntarily surrendered his own car so Fangio could continue. NIGEL ROEBUCK recalls Peter Collins, a remarkable sportsman

Peter Collins had it all. Blessed with movie star looks, and charm to match, he was everyone’s idea of what a 1950s racing driver should be, and for a time – sadly brief – he was among the best in the world.

The son of a motor dealer, Collins began racing in 1949 with a Formula 3 Cooper, and quickly made his mark. By 1952 he was into the world championship with HWM, at the same time joining the Aston Martin sportscar squad.

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