Legendary Italian designer Vittorio Jano, dual world champion Alberto Ascari and the mastermind behind both the pre and post-war dominant Mercedes teams Alfred Neubauer.
Jano was famed for designing legendary cars such as the Alfa Romeo P3, Alfa Romeo 158/159 Alfetta, Lancia D50, and the original Ferrari 206 Dino road car, named in honour of Enzo Ferrari’s late son. Jano took his own life in 1965 after falling ill, months after the death of his own son.
Despite losing his father to motor racing (in a car designed by Jano), Ascari would go on to have great success, equalling his father’s number of Grand Prix victories, but also passing away in a similar way to his father at the same age (only a matter of days after this photo), also leaving behind two children and a wife. In his short career, he won two driver’s championship in dominant fashion for Ferrarin in 1952 and 53, and still holds seven different records fifty years later.
Alfred Neubauer was the brainchild behind the dominant pre and post Mercedes teams, winning a slew of Grand Prixs and Driver’s championships. He retired when Mercedes withdrew from motorsport after the tragedy at Le Mans in 1955. He died at the age of 89 in Stuttgart in 1980.
L-R: Nino Farina, Alberto Ascari, Mike Hawthorn and Luigi Viloresi.
Italy’s finest: Farina and Ascari. Spa, 1954.
Ascari-Moss-Fangio. Monza, 1954.
Ascari would go on to retire in his Ferrari, while Stirling Moss would also suffer troubles putting him nine laps down at the end of the race. Fangio would go on to win, bolstering his already clinched second title. This would be Fangio’s third of three victories at the famous Lombard circuit.
Ascari getting dangerously close to the weeds, Germany 1953.
Another pole position and a fastest lap weren’t enough for Ascari to secure victory with fellow Italian and team mate Nino Farina taking victory at the Green Hill in 1953.
Alberto Ascari during his second of two dominant championship winning seasons, in 1953. After setting pole position, Ascari would finish fourth while team mate Mike Hawthorn would go on to win the race after a titanic battle with Fangio. Despite over 500km and nearly 3 hours of racing, the front four drivers were separated by only 5 seconds.
Originally designed in 1954, the Lancia family fell on hard times and had to sell-off the Scuderia Lancia, with the car being purchased by Ferrari. Fangio would win the 1956 Driver’s Championship with it, rebadged as the Ferrari D50.