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.

4 comments:

SettimoSenso said...

Ciao,
lo sai che apprezzo il tuo lavoro, perchè non crei qualche tua opera inerente la F1 moderna?
(scusa la traduzione pessima)

Hello,
you know that I appreciate your work, why not create your work somehow related to modern F1?
(excuse the bad translation)

Automobiliart.com said...

I am getting ready to do a Lewis Hamilton/Graham Hill British Monaco win celebration illustration.
Ciao!

SettimoSenso said...

Grazie, anche se preferivo qualcosa di Rosso, tipo Ferrari :)

Automobiliart.com said...

Translation:
Thanks, even if I preferred something of Red, Ferrari type :)