Biography of Auto Racing Athlete Juan Manuel Fangio
About the biography of auto racer Juan Manuel Fangio, history and information about the athlete.
Juan Manuel Fangio
Juan Manuel Fangio has been called by some authorities the greatest race driver of all time. Eight years after the Federal Internationale de l'Automobile began to count points and name a world champion driver, he won 5 times.
The son of an Italian immigrant, he was born in Argentina in 1911. He went to work at the age of 11 as a grease monkey in a garage to help the family. He became a mechanic in his late teens and was soon riding as a mechanic in a stock car race.
Fangio became enthused about racing and started saving his money to own his own race car, a Ford Model T. His family was against racing, but he secretly took part in a few races and moved up to a Ford V-8 special.
Fangio then began racing Chevrolet coupes and a special Chevrolet-based single-seater. By 1949 he had won enough races to become famous throughout Argentina.
He won 5 of 11 Argentina Gran Premio races, where he competed against the best drivers of Europe.
One of his greatest triumphs was winning the Nurburgring race, the Grosse Preis of Germany, by 3 seconds. Driving a Mercedes, he beat the Ferrari team of Mike Hawthorn, Peter Collins, and Luigi Musso by daring driving as he broke lap records.
Fangio's Grand Prix world champion driving titles were in 1951, 1954, 1955, 1956, and 1957.
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