Onboard with Fangio at Modena


He was the greatest of them all according to Sir Stirling Moss and countless others. A five-time world champion courtesy of 24 wins and 35 podiums from just 52 starts.

Juan Manuel Fangio, who passed away 22 years ago today aged 84, got his break when he battled with Jean-Pierre Wimille at Rosario in 1948 – already aged 37. 

A string of victories in 1949 set him up for a tilt at the inaugural World Championship in 1950, but a retirement in the final race of the season at Monza handed the title to Guiseppe Farina. Five titles followed between 1951 and 1957, the year the fascinating video below was recorded.

The above clip is taken from Champion: Fangio, available for £13.99

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