In 1932, Alfa Romeo came under government control and Ugo Gobbato showed little interest in racing. It took several months before Ferrari was allowed to run the P3s.

Driving the P3 in 1935, Tazio Nuvolari beat the famous Silver Arrows at the Nrburgring in front of a shocked German crowd.

Alfa Romeo produced the P3 (designed by Jano), but didnt use them until the end of 1933.

On April 28, 1945, a few days after the liberation of Italy, Ugo Gobbato was killed in mysterious circumstances.





In 1923, Luigi Bazzi fell out with Fiat's racing boss, Guido Fornaca,, after the French GP. On Enzo Ferrari's suggestion, he joined the new Alfa Romeo racing organization.

Vittorio Jano began his career at Fiat in 1911, under Luigi Bazzi. He moved with Bazzi to Alfa Romeo in 1923 and designed the Alfa Romeo P2, which was driven by Antonio Ascari when he was killed.

After the sale of the Lancia D50s to Ferrari, Jano joined Ferrari as a consultant engineer. He developed the Ferrari Dino V6 engine but committed suicide in 1966 after the death of his son.

New to racing, Gianni Lancia hired designer Vittorio Jano to design a V8 engine for the Lancia D50 chassis to enter in the 1954 Grand Prix.

Colombo was an apprentice to Vittorio Jano at Alfa Romeo. In 1937, Colombo designed the 158 engine for the Alfetta.

Ferrari's first chief engine designer was Gioacchino Colombo, who produced the classic V12 engine-versions of which are the mainstay of most Ferrari road cars.

Alberto Ascari won Ferrari's first world title in 1952, the first of a trilogy of wins in the 50s with Juan Manuel Fangio winning in 1956 and Mike Hawthorn (left) in 1958.

Hawthorn, upset after the death of Ferrari teammate and friend Peter Collins, retired from racing in 1958, but was killed in a car accident a year later.



Alberto Ascari, Antonio's son, was killed after the 1955 Monaco Grand Prix, while driving a Ferrari of Castellotti at Monza.

Fangio narrowly escaped the 1955 disaster at Le Mans.







It is said that Stirling Moss was the greatest driver to never win a World Championship. Moss lost the 1958 title to Hawthorn, after defending him against a points penalty in Portugal. Moss lost by one point.





In 1952, Peter Collins was Moss's partner on the Hersham and Walters Motors (HWM) racing team. In '58, he lost control of his Dino 246 at the Nrburgring and was killed.

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