Monday, 4 May 2015

Juan Manuel Fangio

This is another of the old black-and-white Kodak Brownie 127 photographs, this time taken at the Friday practice for the British Grand Prix at Aintree in July 1957. You can see in the background the old grandstands of the Aintree Racecourse which lay alongside the finishing straight and which have now, I understand, been demolished and replaced.
This is the then World Champion and soon-to be Champion again, Juan Manuel Fangio in the paddock on his way to join the Maserati team and prepare for the day's practice in his 250F. He didn't have much luck in the race though - running low down in the order until he retired halfway through the race with engine problems.

The photograph shows how easy it was in those days to approach the drivers who would happily pose for photographs and sign autographs.

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