Among the sizeable collection of memorabilia accumulated through a lifetime in motor racing are two small trophies, which sit on a shelf in my office. One of them, won by my childhood hero Jean Behra, is from the 1957 Caen Grand Prix, while the other – from the same year – was awarded by the Automobile Club Roma, and is inscribed, ‘Luigi Musso, Campione Italiano Assoluto’.
Following the death of Alberto Ascari in a testing accident at Monza in May 1955, Italian motor racing was in some despair. Gone was as great a driver as motorsport has known, and a new native superstar was urgently sought. The hope was that ultimately two young men – Musso and Eugenio Castellotti – might fit the bill.