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.
The last three weeks I’ve been working on the first chapter of the Ascari versus Fangio story.
It’s about the events of 1955 leading up to Ascari’s Monza crash, which, of course, he survives, and the Italian joining his former Lancia team mate Eugenio Castellotti, at Ferrari, only to find reigning world driver’s champion Juan Fangio in the third Ferrari (née Lancia) D50, as well as the first Grands Prix of the 1956 season, in South America.
By the way, I found that in our preferred summer vacation region for 2013, there is an old Grand Prix circuit: Sables l’Orlonne. Looks like I may have to pay homage.