Fangio Motor Racing Memorabilia
Five times F1 World Champion Juan Manuel Fangio (1911 - 1995) is remembered alongside Stirling Moss as an iconic driver from a past era who thrilled enthusiasts in those early days of F1 racing. Juan Manuel Fangio motor racing memorabilia is a great find for any collector.
Ironically on his retirement Fangio played an active part in promoting sports collectables by accumulating his own portfolio of memorabilia which is now on display in Argentina.
Fangio began his motor racing career in 1934 in his home country Argentina. He became Argentine National Champion in the seasons 1940 -41. The progression of World War 2 put on hold his hopes to compete in Europe.
His first official F1 appearance was at the 1950 French Grand Prix (a round of the new FIA Formula 1 World Championship) whilst driving an Alfa Romeo 158, in those days the event was contested in the champagne growing area at the Reims Gueux one of the most famous road circuits of the 1930s, he was placed second. He won the race in 1951 (Alfa) and again in 1954 following a mid-season change from Maserati to Mercedes. He more or less dominated motor racing at that time winning the F1 drivers’ championship the following three seasons, 1955, 56, 57.
Fangio won 102 of his 186 international races including 24 world championship races out of 51 starts. He was world champion five times.
A few statistics:
Racing Seasons 9
Pole position 29
Fastest lap 23
F1 points 245
F1 title 5 times with 4 different teams.
Fangio won his last driving title in 1957, at the age of 46 when competing in the German Grand Prix (Maserati) his performance that day at the Nurburgring is often referred to as his greatest race.
On retirement from motor racing Fangio opened the Mercedes Benz main dealership distributing and retailing cars, in 1974 he was appointed President of Mercedes Benz Argentina. He was inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in 1990.
A good place to view some outstanding motor sport collectables is the “Museo Juan Manuel Fangio” in Buenos Aries; the museum dedicated to its namesake, houses a unique collection of cars, trophies, photographs and other collectables including many items collected by and pertaining to their National hero “the maestro”.
He wrote a book published in 1990, in conjunction with Roberto Carozzo called “ Fangio: My racing life”, a remarkable account of his life and achievements it is a must read for any enthusiast.
Motor racing memorabilia associated with early races especially Reims Gueux, (closed since 1972), is very collectable I was fortunate to be able purchase an early paddock pass and several autographs from the 1953/54, events, at auction. Items to look out for include race attire, helmets, caps, rare autographs, hand signed photos, event tickets, programmes, sepia press photographs signed framed presentations, paddock passes and car parts.
• When collecting any sports memorabilia it is always advisable to concentrate on a nominated category, pre-war or post war, motor racing collectables from the modern era although desirable will not receive the same attention shown to earlier examples.
It is important to consider the condition of memorabilia, although one must be realistic and bear in mind age and usage when valuing race worn attire and car parts.
Sought after Motor racing memorabilia deriving from the golden era of Fangio, would include drivers such as Giuseppe Farina, Enzo Ferrari, Alberto Ascari, Mike Hawthorn, William Grover Williams, Hermann Lang, Richard Seaman, Henry Seagrove, Stirling Moss, Malcolm Campbell(yes he was a Grand Prix driver), there are plenty of memorable drivers, it is all about personal choice and opportunity to purchase right item at the right price.
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