Friday, 1 July 2016

JUAN MANUEL FANGIO'S 105TH BIRTHDAY

On Friday, June 24, Fangio would have been 105 years old.

Juan Manuel Fangio Déramo, one of the world’s greatest racing drivers, came to the world’s attention when Formula One races first took place in Argentina as part of the Argentine Temporada series. Fangio would go on to win the World Championship five times.

We've picked out 5 of our favourite photos of the Argentinian great from the The Argentine Temporada Motor Races 1950 to 1960, to celebrate 'El Maestro' in his home country.


All images taken from The Argentine Temporada Motor Races 1950 to 1960 by Hernan Lopez Laiseca.

This beautifully illustrated book captures the entire history of the Argentine Grand Prix and the Argentina International Temporada Series, covering all the great races of the golden age of motor sport – when danger and passion defined racing.


The annual Temporada (racing season), held in the 1940s and 1950s, were a time of transition in Argentine motorsport, progressing from racing circuits on rough tracks to more refined venues in Argentina’s public parks. After WWII, the Temporadas were organised in the Torreon in Mar del Plata, Parque Independencia in Rosario, Palermo, Constanera and Retiro in Buenos Aires, and Sarmiento in Córdoba. Thanks to these races, Argentina began to be seen as a suitable destination for a Formula 1 Grands Prix, and for the World Sports Car Championship, the Buenos Aires 1000km. The circuits hosted the likes of Villoresi, Varzi, Farina, Wimille, Ascari, Moss and Prince Bira, and arguably taught Juan Manuel Fangio how to drive race cars.
Wonderfully illustrated with 220 contemporary photographs, including many that have never been published before: images that will take you back in time, to the unique atmosphere of top motorsport in South America from 1950 to 1960. More info.

Was Fangio was the greatest racing driver of all time?