The Ar­gen­tine Tem­po­rada Mo­tor Races 1950 to 1960

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This work may seem a lit­tle niche, but it’s all the bet­ter for that, pro­vid­ing an in­sight into a set of races that rarely re­ceives fo­cus.

The book cov­ers the post-war Ar­gen­tinian con­tests, for both sin­gle-seaters and sportscars, that at­tracted in­ter­na­tional en­tries. And right from Euro­pean stars Achille Varzi and Luigi Vil­loresi’s suc­cess­ful visit in 1947, the big names made their mark across a range of dif­fer­ent cir­cuits, en­cour­aged by prize money and op­por­tu­ni­ties to sell cars. Th­ese races were big.

His­toric too: Ar­gentina was the scene of the first world cham­pi­onship GP out­side of Europe, the iconic Maserati 250F’s de­but (and first win), and the first world cham­pi­onship suc­cess for a rear-en­gined GP car.

There’s also tragedy, in­clud­ing French ace Jean-pierre Wimille’s fa­tal crash in prac­tice at Palermo in 1949 and the death of 13 spectators in the 1953 Ar­gen­tinian GP – crowd con­trol was of­ten a prob­lem.

But it’s ac­tu­ally the non-cham­pi­onship events and rarely (if ever) seen pho­to­graphs that make this a fine ad­di­tion to the en­thu­si­ast’s li­brary.

The re­ports are sketchy in de­tail and there are no quotes, but au­thor Laiseca re­lies on his sub­ject mat­ter. And it is in­ter­est­ing, for ex­am­ple, to read how Jose Froilan Gon­za­lez’s Fer­rari beat the mighty pre-ww2 Mercedes W154s in 1951, or find out about the er­rors that even the great home hero Juan Manuel Fan­gio made be­fore fa­mously burst­ing onto the Euro­pean scene. KT

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