Mike Hawthorn driving a Cooper-Bristol enjoyed a brilliant first year in international racing in 1952, although Ferrari completely dominated Grand Prix racing.
Hawthorn joined the Ferrari team in 1953. It took some while for him to adapt to the power of the Ferraris, but by May that year Hawthorn had found his form. He is seen here winning the International Trophy Race at Silverstone.
In July he fought a race-long battle with Juan Fangio in the French Grand Prix and won by a mere second after two and three quarter hours of battling wheel-to-wheel.
Hawthorn stayed with Ferrari in 1954, winning the
Spanish Grand Prix. He drove for the unsuccessful BRM team in 1956, but the
following year went back to Ferrari.
He won the 1958 Drivers' Championship from Stirling Moss by a margin of one point. He retired from racing, but was killed in a road accident at the wheel of his Jaguar saloon in January 1959.
Ferrari Tipo 500 specification
Engine: 4-cylinder twin overhead camshaft 1980 cc (90 x 18 mm) developing approximately 180 bhp at 7500 rpm. Gearbox: 4-speed. Chassis: Tubular with front suspension by wishbones and a transverse leaf spring and rear suspension by a de Dion axle and transverse leaf spring. Wheelbase: 7ft 2.5in. Front track: 4ft 3.5in. Rear track: 4ft 1in. Unladen weight: 11.96 cwt