As we look forward to the British Grand Prix at Silverstone, it’s worth recalling that it marks the 60th anniversary of a great British sporting triumph – in two works Ferrari cars… Peter Collins won from Mike Hawthorn – in a year that would prove to be Mike’s, as he became the first British sportsman ever to win the Formula 1 Drivers’ World Championship title. For poor Peter Collins – a more cruel fate had been lying in wait – and two weeks after his Silverstone victory he would crash, fatally, in the German Grand Prix at the Nürburgring. But that is just the way top-class motor racing was in those days…
Doug Nye: One of Britain's greatest sporting triumphs – in Mike Hawthorn's words
Doug Nye began writing about racing cars at ‘Motor Racing’ magazine in 1963-64. Today he is a multiple award-winning motor sports journalist and author of over 50 years’ experience, with some 70 books to his name. He is Goodwood Motorsport’s founding Historian and consultant and fulfils similar roles for Bonhams Auctioneers and the Collier Collection/Revs Institute in Naples, FL, USA. He is a member of the National Motor Museum Advisory Council at Beaulieu, Hants, and is a regular columnist for ‘Motor Sport’ magazine, while contributing to many other specialist periodicals worldwide.
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