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Peter Collins falls on the Nurburgring battlefield

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Tragedy struck on this day in 1958, when Peter Collins perished in the German Grand Prix after his Ferrari ran wide and somersaulted, flinging its helpless driver into a tree.

It was the second fatal accident in F1 in three races after the death of Luigi Musso at Reims a few weeks earlier. Collins' demise came just two weeks after a brilliant win with Ferrari at the British GP.

A handsome and young man from Kidderminster, Great Britain, Collins' talent behind the wheel of a racing car was matched only by his off-track charisma.

A popular figure in Formula 1, his death caused enormous grief in the racing community, and in the country as well.

His friendship with fellow Brit and Ferrari team mate Mike Hawthorn was perhaps as close as the sport has known. Sadly, Hawthorn would join his friend in the heavens just five months after the Nurburgring tragedy.