The Ferrari boys’ finest day at Goodwood was Easter Monday, 1958, at the outset of their fateful, and fatal, final season. That year was, in effect, the beginning of a fresh Formula 1. Sweeping regulation changes had just been applied which slashed World Championship-qualifying Grand Prix distance from 500km to 300km, or duration from three hours to only two. And alcohol-based racing fuel brews had been banned, and replaced by a requirement to run on AvGas aviation gasoline instead. At a stroke these changes allowed Grand Prix cars to shrink in physical size, around smaller, lower-capacity fuel tanks. Ferrari was best prepared – rarin’ to go with their latest Dino 246 V6-engined cars derived from the 1957 petrol-burning Dino 156 Formula 2 design.
For Easter Monday Goodwood the Italian factory team brought one V6 Formula 1 car for Mike Hawthorn to drive in the Glover Trophy feature race, and the beautifully-proportioned 2-litre Dino 196S V6 sports-racing car for Peter Collins in the supporting Sussex Trophy. Mike promptly won the F1 race – while Collins finished second in the sports car, more than half-a-minute behind Stirling Moss’s winning works Aston Martin DBR2 with its big 3.7-litre engine.
In fact that early season of Formula racing saw Ferrari trousering the money from an impressively unbroken trio of race wins; six days after Goodwood, Luigi Musso won the Syracuse GP in Sicily, and into May Peter Collins’ Dino 246 won the BRDC International Trophy at Silverstone.