MotorsportMemorabilia 1951 Grand Prix commemorative cover signed Robert Manzon
Juan Manuel Fangio (No 22) in the Alfa Romeo 159, leads his fellow countryman Froilan Gonzalez in the Ferrari 375 (No 6) to win the race and the 1951 World Championship. The cover confirms the continued success of Alfa Romeo in 1951 but with stiffer competition from Ferrari. Juan Manuel Fangio drove the Alfa Romeo 159 to 2 victories and a shared win with team mate Luigi Fagioli; a further win was achieved by Giuseppe Farina.
The 3rd special is signed by ROBERT MANZON who started racing in his own Cisitalia; winning races at Angouleme and Comminges, he impressed Simca-Gordini and was invited to join their team. He started in Formula 1 in 1950 and for most of his career, raced alongside his fellow countryman, Maurice Trintignant. Although the high revving French cars were not in the same class as the Alfa Romeo and Ferrari, he nevertheless achieved creditable results against them. With Simca-Gordini and Gordini, he performed particularly well in his home GP at Reims, with two 4th places (1950 & 52) and 3rd in the 1952 Belgian GP at Spa-Francorchamps. In 1954 he came 3rd in the French GP but this time in the Ferrari 625. Returning to Gordini in 1955, he won the 1956 Naples GP when the works Ferraris broke down and defeated Taruffi's Ferrari in the Pescara 2-litre sports car race with a sensational drive. He retired at the end of the season for family and business reasons.