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6th November 1931 – Peter Collins is Born

On this day, 82 years ago, three-time Grand Prix winner Peter Collins was born.


Born in Kidderminster, Collins had an interest in vehicles from a young age, converting this into a Motorsport interest by competing in the 500cc category, later known as Formula Three.

He built his way up to Formula One, eventually joining Ferrari in 1956. It was here where he would come desperately close to winning the drivers title,

At the Italian Grand Prix in 1956, World Championship leader Juan-Manuel Fangio retired his Ferrari due to a broken steering arm, leaving both Stirling Moss and Peter Collins with a chance at the title. However, Collins performed a remarkable gesture by pulling into the pits and handing his car over to Fangio, allowing the Argentine to finish second, scoring enough points to claim the title ahead of race-winner Moss.

It was a moment which earned him lifetime respect from boss Enzo Ferrari.

That was to be his best season, however, as in 1958 Collins was killed at the fearsome Nurburgring after running wide and hitting a ditch, which rolled his car, throwing Collins from it. It was a tragic end for a driver who could well be remembered as a Formula One Champion.

About Luke Murphy

I've been a motor racing fan since the late 90's, enjoying the underdog stories, the history and the technology of the sport. Graduate of Huddersfield University with a BEng Motorsport Engineering Degree and a keen amateur karter.

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