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Peter Collins, F1 Hero Exhibition: Mustow Green to Nurburgring

23 September 2023

All available dates: 23 September 2023, 25 September 2023 to 30 September 2023, 02 October 2023 to 07 October 2023, 09 October 2023 to 14 October 2023, 16 October 2023 to 21 October 2023, 23 October 2023 to 28 October 2023, 30 October 2023 to 04 November 2023, 06 November 2023 to 11 November 2023, 13 November 2023 to 18 November 2023, 20 November 2023 to 25 November 2023, 27 November 2023 to 02 December 2023, 04 December 2023 to 09 December 2023, 11 December 2023 to 16 December 2023, 18 December 2023 to 23 December 2023, 01 January 2024 to 06 January 2024, 08 January 2024 to 13 January 2024, 15 January 2024 to 20 January 2024

Worcester City Art Gallery and Museum, Foregate Street, Worcester WR1 1DT

Exhibition Open until 20 January 2024 (closed Sundays)

Monday to Saturday: 10.30am – 4.30pm Sundays and Bank Holidays: closed


Peter Collins F1 Hero

Mustow Green to Nürburgring

Until Saturday 20th January 2024
Open Monday to Saturday, 10.30am to 4.30pm

Free entry

A new exhibition celebrating the life of Worcestershire’s Formula One hero Peter Collins has been curated by the team at Worcester City Art Gallery & Museum.

Peter Collins was born in 1931 in Mustow Green near Kidderminster. Alongside Stirling Moss and Mike Hawthorn, he was one of the three British golden boys of 1950s motor racing.

Peter could have been Britain’s first Formula 1 World Champion in 1956 but, in the days when drivers could change cars during a race, Peter stopped in the last race of the season, the Italian Grand Prix in Monza and gave his car to Fangio, when the Argentinian's car suffered mechanical problems. This gesture prevented Collins from winning the world title and allowed Fangio to claim his fourth title. Peter said of his actions; "I am only 25 years old and have plenty of time to win the championship on my own."

Sadly, Peter died less than two years later, at the age of just 26, following a fatal crash during the 1958 German Grand Prix at the Nürburgring. When his funeral was held, Kidderminster railway station was blanketed with flowers from around the world.

This exhibition tells the story of Peter Collins’ short but incredible life and features touching personal items including his racing helmet and gloves, plus original photographs and letters.

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