The Argentine Temporada Motor Races 1950 to 1960 — in 220 contemporary photos
by Hernan Lopez Laiseca
The annual Temporada (racing season) created a transition in Argentine motor sport. In earlier years racing circuits were primarily on rough tracks, with cars designed to cope with poor surfaces. Lacking the resources or technology needed to create bespoke circuits, Argentina looked to create racing venues from what it already had: public paved parks.
After WWII, the Temporadas were organised in the Torreon in Mar del Plata, Parque Independencia in Rosario, Palermo, Constanera and Retiro in Buenos Aires, and Sarmiento in Córdoba. Thanks to these races, held in public parks and on public roads, Argentina began to be seen as a potential destination for a Formula 1 Grand Prix and for a round of the world sports car championship, the Buenos Aires 1000km. The circuits hosted the likes of Billoresi, Varzi, Farina, Wimille, Ascari, Moss and Prince Bira, and arguably taught Juan Manuel Fangio how to drive race cars.
Wonderfully illustrated with 220 contemporary photographs, including many that have never been published before: images that will take you back in time, to the unique atmosphere of top motorsport in South America from 1950 to 1960.
1950: Four wins for Ferrari 125
1951: Defeat for the Mercedes-Benz W154
1953: Ascari wins in a race marked by tragedy
1954: Fangio, Trintignant, and the 1000km sports car race
1955: Juan Manuel Fangio and Mercedes-Benz - an excellent duo
1956: Fangio vs Moss
1957: Italian rules
1958: First win for a rear-engined car
1960: British rule
Buch, Hardcover, 25 x 25 cm, 144 Seiten, 223 s/w-Abbildungen, englischer Text