MotorsportMemorabilia 1952 Grand Prix commemorative cover signed Tony Gaze
From 1950 to 1960, the Indianapolis 500 race was included for points within the Formula 1 World Championship; to commemorate the race we have included it in our series as the 1952 cover. We wanted to include Alberto Ascari as he was the World Champion that year, whilst providing a variation from the all conquering Ferrari 500 that won 14 races in 1952/53. Skilfully, Ross Wardle has depicted Troy Ruttman in his Offenhauser engined Kuzma, passing Alberto Ascari's modified Ferrari 375, prior to the Italian's retirement after 40 laps. Ruttman won the race, 4 mins clear of any opposition. Ascari won the last 6 races of the season in the Ferrari 500 to take his first World Championship title.
The first special is signed by TONY GAZE who was a former war time pilot that enjoyed success in Australia, after World War II, racing his Alta in all available events in the 1947 to 1950 period, before basing himself in UK to race. His 1951 season came to an abrupt halt when his Alta engine was destroyed at Avus. He bought a HWM-Alta to race Formula 1 for the 1952 season, finishing in one of his 3 GPs. He then involved himself in sports car racing, driving his Aston Martin, Maserati, HWM-Jaguar, Fraser Nash and Ferrari cars both at home and abroad. Between 1954 and 1956 he became a prime mover in developing Australian motor sport, bringing European style circuit racing to that continent.