Tuesday, 4 November 2008
Mille Miglia 1954 - Ascari's fans
Pencil on archival white paper, digitally colorized 12"x 9"
© Paul Chenard 2008
Son of a famous Italian racing hero Antonio Ascari, two-time World Champion Alberto Ascari moved to the Lancia Racing Team from Ferrari for 1954, but the Lancia's Formla 1 cars were under-developed, and not really in contention.
Ascari did find success in the well-developed D24 sports car, winning the grueling Mille Miglia (Thousand Mile) race.
In the following year, the Lancia D50 Formula 1 was again raced by Ascari, but retired in the 2 first races. In fact, he lost control and ended up in Monaco Harbour in that Grand Prix.
Four days later, he was killed testing a Ferrari Monza sports car; Italy lost another one of it's great racers. He died at the age of 36, like his father.