We have recently acquired the remaining archive of T. C. (“Tom”) March who covered certain major British races from 1950 up into the late 1970s. This photograph is from those in his archive and shows Peter Collins in the Ferrari 246F1 on his way to his last F1 win in the British Grand Prix at Silverstone on July 19, 1958. At the bottom of this post you will find directions to the Tom March archive on our website.
For this race Ferrari entered three cars for Collins, Mike Hawthorn and Wolfgang von Trips. At the start Collins shot out of second row on the grid right into the lead followed by Hawthorn and the Vanwall driven by Stirling Moss. Moss retired with a blown engine at one-third distance leaving Hawthorn to cruise behind Collins to the finish while von Trips also retired somewhat later, again with engine failure.
This was the last Grand Prix win for Collins and took place under a brilliant clear sky. Two weeks later at the German Grand Prix on the challenging Nürburgring Nordschleife he and Hawthorn were chasing Tony Brooks’ Vanwall when Collins misjudged the entry to the right hand corner in the Pflanzgarten section, slid into a bank and was thrown from his car into a tree as the car flipped over. Collins suffered head injuries which proved fatal as he was being taken by helicopter to a hospital in Cologne. The 1958 Grand Prix season was truly a season of death for Ferrari as Luigi Musso had been killed when his Ferrari crashed at Reims during the French Grand Prix, then Collins in Germany and World Champion Mike Hawthorn in a road crash in England during the winter.
Photo by Tom March ©The Klemantaski Collection – http://www.klemcoll.com
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I remember so well the 1958 British Grand Prix was slated to be real shootout between
title contenders, Stirling Moss and Mike Hawthorn who had just won the French race.
Just think of the reaction when Peter Collins drove off into lead.!
I had got to know he and his new wife Louise the year before–his death hit me hard.
Wonderful image, but also so sad.
Wonderful image of great driver a mere 2 weeks before his untimely death. 1958 was indeed a “deadly” season and we should not forget Stuart Lewis Evans who crashed heavily in the season ending Moroccan Grand Prix and would die 6 days later from his wounds. His accident lead to a shattered Tony Vandervell withdrawing from motorsport at the end of 1958. That year’s world champion Mike Hawthorn only outlived this great friend Collins by a mere 6 months when he was killed in a road accident on the Guildford bypass in January 1959