Brabham, driving a Cooper T43, won the
New Zealand 150-mile International
Grand Prix at Auckland on
January 11. The winning time was 1 hour
53 minutes 24.3 seconds.
Moss, driving a Cooper T43, won the
opening race of the Formula One season,
the Argentine Republic Grand Prix
in Buenos Aires, on January 19. Luigi
Musso, in a Ferrari, came in second and
Mike Hawthorn, also driving a Ferrari,
Magnasco lost his life when his
car overturned during a 625-mile road
race at Buenos, Aires, Argentina, on
January 26. The race was ultimately won
by Phil Hill and Peter Collins, who
co-drove a Ferrari.
|Approximately 200,000 spectators
watched Jimmy Bryan win the 500-mile
Memorial Day race at Indianapolis
on May 30, in a Belond Special at an
average speed of 133.791 mph. He won
$120,850 in first-place and lap prizes.
Pat O'Connor was killed in a 13-car crash
in the first lap.
Top: Jimmy Bryan at Indianapolis.
Left, Bottom: Jimmy
Bryan's service crew checks his Belond AP
Special during a pit stop.
Right, Top: Jerry
Unser going over the wall during the
13-car, first lap crash at Indianapolis.
Jimmy Bryan just about to capture the
checkered flag at Indianapolis.
Jimmy Bryan rejoices with his wife (left)
and actress Shirley MacLaine after
winning the Indianapolis 500.
|Luigi Taramazzo and Giuseppe
Derini of Italy, driving a Ferrari, won
the Mille Miglia Road Race
near Brescia, Italy, on June 21-22. The
event claimed two lives when a Giulietta
driven by Guido Zerneri and Mario Mora
swerved off the road within 10 miles of
Gendebien and Phil Hill, driving a
Ferrari, won the 24-hour race at Le
Mans, France, on June 21-22.
Left: Olivier Gendebien
taking the checkered flag at Le Mans.
Rathmann won all three heats and the
overall championship of the second annual
"Race of Two Worlds"
held at the Autodromo Nazionale at Monza,
Italy, on June 29. The winner's average
speed was 166.8 miles per hour.
Right: Stirling Moss in the
Race of Two Worlds.
Unser won the 12-1/2-mile Pikes
Peak Climb on July 4 in 13
minutes 47.9 seconds, a record.
Right: Bobby Unser skidding
around a corner during the Pike's Peak
Grand Prix World Champion Juan
Manuel Fangio (left) announced
his retirement as a race car driver on
|A Ferrari driven by Lance
Reventlow and Gaston Andrey won the Road
America 500-Mile sports car race
on July 9.
Collins died of injuries after his
Ferrari crashed into a ditch and he was
thrown head-first into a tree during the German
Grand Prix at Adenau on August
3. Tony Brooks ultimately won the race,
with an average speed of 90.3 miles per
Miley, 15, of Muncie, Indiana, won the Soap
Box Derby on August 17.
James Miley gets a kiss from his mother
and a hug from his sister after his Soap
Box Derby victory.
came close to becoming the fastest
American drivers of American cars at the Bonneville
(Utah) Speed Trials, August
24-31. Mickey Thompson reached a top
speed of 294.117 miles per hour on his
first run, but one of his car's three
engines exploded during the second run,
while traveling at more than 280 miles an
hour. Thompson brought the car to a stop
and jumped out unhurt. Dave Ryder hit
267.459 miles per hour on his first run,
but one of his car's three engines caught
fire during the second run. Ryder also
escaped his car unhurt. Either top speed
would have been a world record, but as
neither man was able to complete a second
run neither speed became an official
"Fireball" Roberts pocketed
$13,590 for the first win of his National
Stock Car career, the Southern
500 at Darlington, South
Carolina, on September 1. Roberts
established a new world record with his
average speed of 102.59 mph, including
four pit stops. His achievement was
witnessed by about 80,000 racing fans.
Right: Southern 500 pre-race
a new $3-million road-racing course near
Elgin, Illinois, attracted over 200,000
spectators for its inaugural Sports Car
Club of America race on September 13-14.
Bob Walker lost his life when his car
turned over during the race. Chuck Daigh
finished the 115.5-mile race a length
ahead of Lance Reventlow.
|Ed Crawford, driving Briggs
Cunningham's Jaguar-Lister, won the Grand
Prix Amateur Sports Car Race at
Watkins Glen, New York, on September 20.
The women's race was won the previous day
by Peg Wyllie, driving a Lotus Climax.
California, hosted the first ever United
States Auto Club road race on
October 12. Approximately 75,000
spectators swarmed around the more than
2-mile course and watched Chuck Daigh
battle Phil Hill for most of the 203-mile
distance to win in a Lance Reventlow
"Scarab," a modified version of
the Chevrolet Corvette. Stirling Moss
could not compete in the race because he
failed to get the necessary international
permission. Jean Behra, who substituted
for Moss, finished fourth but also had
failed to get necessary international
permission to race. Behra drew a year's
suspension and the race itself was
heavily fined by the international
Program from the 1958 USAC road race at
lost his life when his Triumph overturned
during a qualifying run for the Moroccan
Grand Prix. The race, held on
October 19, was won by Stirling Moss.
Bettenhausen (right), 1951 National
Champion, regained his title in
1958 with a second place finish at
Phoenix on November 11. He became the
first driver ever to win the championship
without winning a single race during the
|Mike Hawthorn beat Stirling Moss
by one point to win the Grand
Prix World Driving Championship.
The championship was not decided until
the race at Casablanca, Morocco (October
19), final event of the season. The team
championship was won by Ferrari, which
had also won the team championship in
(right), 1953 National
Stock Car Champion, reclaimed
his title by edging out in points
two-time champion Buck Baker. In the 50
of 51 races he competed in, Petty racked
up 7 wins, 28 top fives, and 43 top tens.
|The Sports Car Club of
America named Joe and Celia
Bechtel the champion driver-navigator
team of 1958.
Hansgen retained his National
Class C Modified Sports Car
title in 1958, winning more races than
any other driver. Hansgen drove a Lister
Jaguar for the Briggs Cunningham team.
Bob Holbert, the Class F leader, was
runner-up in point scoring.