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• A photographic journey through the golden age of motor sport in Argentina
• Includes never before published photographs from the period, taken from original glass-plate negatives
• A candid look at an era when danger and passion defined racing
• Exceptional Grand Prix racing drivers in action, from Ascari to Varzi
• Iconic GP cars shown in the heat of battle – Ferrari, Maserati, Alfa Romeo, and more
• A unique visual insight to Argentina’s unique public park circuits ...
• ... and a fitting tribute to the heroes of motor racing
This beautifully illustrated book captures the entire history of the Argentine Grand Prix and the Argentina International Temporada Series, covering all the great races of the golden age of motor sport – when danger and passion defined racing.
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 Beunos 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.
These races received relatively scant photographic coverage in the British magazines of the time so that the great majority of the images are seen for the first time. In addition to providing informative captions and text, the author gives full race results from 1949 to 1960 including non-championship events.
… a worthy addition to any library.
Vintage Racecar / Vintage Roadcar
… a photographic record of ten years of frantic racing in the Argentinian heat.
… a good read for racing fans.
There is a quite considerable – and growing – body of literature on South American racing … and this nice book is a useful and welcome addition.
… a pictorial celebration of times past.
… images that will take you back in time.
Beautifully illustrated, this book includes 150 previously unpublished pictures, including paddock scenes, cars and race action.
There is no similar book on the market covering the Argentina Temporada series from 1950 to 1960.
A great book for for people who are passionate about historic motor racing and who loce cars from the era covered.