Fangio And Maserati - Return Of The Myth

Juan Manuel Fangio in a Maserati 250F at the Buenos Aires Grand Prix in 1957

 

Maserati is one of the partners creating a new exhibition entitled ‘Fangio - Cuando el Hombre es mas que el Mito’ (‘Fangio - When the Man is more than the Myth’). The exhibition will run from 1 to 30 October in Modena, at the old Manifattura Tabacchi building. It is supported by the Comune di Modena, the Provincia and the Chamber of Commerce as part of the annual event ‘Modena Terra di Motori’ (‘Modena - Land of Motoring’). Images and objects related to the five-time world Formula 1 champion Juan Manuel Fangio will be on display. He won his last title in 1957 in a Maserati 250 F and is considered one of the greatest drivers of all times. The exhibition is being held on the tenth anniversary of his death.

In order to fully evoke the talent of the great Fangio and demonstrate Maserati’s great passion for racing, the exhibition includes the wooden and aluminium steering wheel from Fangio’s Maserati 250 F. Also on display will be the winner’s flag that covered the World Championship trophy handed to the Argentinian driver when he topped the podium at Nürburgring in 1957.

Juan Manuel Fangio and Maserati will be forever linked in motor-racing history. In more than 90 years, Maserati has collected almost five hundred wins and countless category placements. Between 1949 and 1957 Fangio and his Maserati scored the wins that secured the legend of the Trident marque. There were victories in San Remo, Marseille, Perpignan and Pau in 1949 with Fangio at the wheel of the Maserati 4CLT/48 and then winning the world title in 1957 driving the 250F. This was Fangio’s fifth world F1 title.

After this win and at the peak of its success, Maserati decided to retire from competition. It continued to supply its clients with cars and engines in the years that followed, with victories coming in all sectors of competition. Fangio won with Maserati in other races too, some in the Sport category: the Grand Prix of Pau in the 4CLT/48 in 1950, the Grand Prix of Modena on board the A6GCM in 1957, the Grand Prix of Portugal, the Grand Prix of Cuba and the 12 Hours of Sebring.

Since then, Maserati has always been true to its heritage and transferred the sporting soul and technological research acquired from the racing world to its GT cars. Those features go along with the exclusivity of Maserati cars and traditional attention to detail typical of Italian craftsmanship.

This year Maserati has already won the Constructors’ Cup in FIA GT Championship well before the end of the season, thanks to the four MC12s raced by Team Vitaphone and JMB. Furthermore, the Trofeo GranSport continues to set top performances in the Trofeo Maserati in Europe and Brazil.

Published 7 October 2005 Melanie Carter

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