Ascari and Villeneuve stories finished; proofreaders wanted

We have finished our first stories. Both ‘Ascari versus Fangio’ (by Christiaan) and ‘Villeneuve versus Prost’ (Mattijs) are done.

Now, we’d like to have them proofread. Not necessarily by professional editors, but rather by enthousiasts, to find out whether there are any changes or additions that we could make, to further improve the stories prior to publishing them on 1 May 2014.

If you’re interested, let us know. We’ll send both stories to the first 5 to post a reply to this post.

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Ascari versus Fangio excerpt

Here’s another short excerpt from the Ascari versfus Fangio story:

At the post-race festivities, it struck Ascari that Fangio, who rarely smiled or posed for photographers, was beside himself with joy. “That was quite the race, Juan. Congratulations”, Ascari commented.

“Thank you, Alberto”, Fangio replied. “I have never driven that quickly before in my life and I don’t think I will ever be able to do it again.”

That’s an odd thing to say, Ascari contemplated when walking away from the podium ceremonies. He suspected that, maybe, Fangio was thinking about retiring. Well, if he is, this race was certainly a statement of ability — he will have gone out with a bang.

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Wonderful film of the 1955 Belgian Grand Prix

Shell (re-)released a wonderful short film, during this 2013 Belgian Grand Prix weekend, about the 1955 running of the race. It features Juan Manuel Fangio and Stirling Moss in their dominant Mercedes’, as well Eugenio Castellotti in what would prove to be Scuderia Lancia’s last Grand Prix. The film provides an interesting insight into Grand Prix racing in the mid-1950s, and could very well serve as a prologue to our Ascari versus Fangio story.

Another Ascari versus Fangio excerpt

Here’s another excerpt from the Ascari versus Fangio chapter:

Fangio started to feel like a stranger in his own team. He never felt that Ferrari could be his team. Not like Ascari had appeared to have made it his team, from the very start of the championship. He was obviously the Old Man’s favourite, being the son of Ferrari’s former team-mate and close friend Antonio, when both were employed by Alfa Romeo, and having been on the Scuderia’s roster since 1949. And not even like Collins apparently had, with Ferrari even giving Collins the prototype of the formidable 250 GT Cabriolet road car. Little did he know that it was because Enzo couldn’t stand Collins driving a Lancia Flaminia, and that Collins only had it on loan.

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Ascari versus Fangio excerpt

Here’s a little excerpt from the Ascari versus Fangio chapter:

Fangio knew there would be a downside to Ferrari’s offer, as well. Because there had been a surprise participant at the 1955 Italian Grand Prix. Alberto Ascari, by then almost fully healed from the injuries sustained in his Monza test crash, had been forced to look for new employment after Lancia’s demise, and had decided to re-join the Scuderia that he had so successfully raced for from 1949 through 1953. And although Ascari would finish the final world championship race in third position, behind Mercedes drivers Fangio and Piero Taruffi — a sound return after his forced summer break — he was as ready for the new season as he could be. Even though Fangio would, for the first time since 1951 have an other world champion as his team mate, he decided to take Ferrari’s offer.

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