Guy Moll’s career was brief but glorious. Although he raced in Europe for just two years, his talent was such that Enzo Ferrari wrote "he was the only driver, together with Moss, able to be placed alongside Nuvolari."
Upbringing and early career
Born in Algeria to a French father and Spanish mother, he first raced a Lorraine-Dietrich in a local event in 1931. Soon spotted by compatriot Marcel Lehoux, he drove his new mentor’s Bugatti T35C in the following year’s Oran and Casablanca Grands Prix – leading the former but retiring from both. His Bugatti T51 then finished third behind Raymond Sommer and Tazio Nuvolari at Miramas in a solid European debut.
The 1933 season opened in a February blizzard at Pau and Moll followed Lehoux home to finish second in the slush. Swapping his Bugatti for a new Alfa Romeo 8C "Monza", Moll scored a succession of top-three finishes and earned an invitation to join Scuderia Ferrari for 1934.
A winner for Scuderia Ferrari
The team entered five "P3" Alfa Romeo Tipo-Bs for the 1934 Monaco GP and Moll ran second during the closing stages of his debut in a Grande Epreuve. With just two laps to go team leader Louis Chiron crashed at the Station Hairpin and Moll was on hand to score his maiden GP victory.
Auto Union entered the fray at Avus but Moll’s streamlined "P3" surprisingly defeated Hans Stuck and the new team on their home patch. Both the Auto Union and Mercedes-Benz teams failed in the French GP and Moll took over Count Trossi’s car to finish third. Second at Tripoli, Reims and Montenero (a puncture preventing victory that day) were all achieved with the Germans absent.
Consistently quick – Moll was a new star. A full field appeared at Pescara and he battled Luigi Fagioli’s Mercedes for the lead. However, he lost control on the long Montesilvano straight while lapping another Mercedes driven by Ernst Henne. The "P3" crashed into a ditch and through some trees, coming rest 400 yards away against a barn wall. His body was extricated from the wreckage but Guy Moll was dead before medics could arrive.
A GP winner before his 24th birthday, Enzo Ferrari’s ringing endorsement is testament to a talent lost.