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Le Mans, a taste of unfinished business for Fangio


THE SIX LIVES OF JUAN MANUEL FANGIO (3/6) - The two Sarthois clock towers have never succeeded for the Argentine champion. In four starts, he never reached the finish.

A gifted driver, endowed with unfailing resistance and incredible foresight, an outstanding mechanic, a free spirit, a business leader…

Le Figaro

retraces the great moments in the life of the most respected racing driver in history.

A legend rewarded with five Formula 1 world championship titles and who inspired the expression "stop taking yourself for Fangio".

“Stop everything.”

It was 1:40 a.m. on June 12, 1955, when Arthur Keser, the head of Mercedes' press service, ordered Alfred Neubauer, the German brand's race director, to stop the two 300 SLR trays which were turning like clocks on the 24 Hours of Le Mans circuit.

The number 19 piloted at this moment by the Englishman Stirling Moss controls the race with two laps in advance.

The order comes from Dr. Fritz Könecke, the chairman of the board of the star firm, whom Keser has just spoken to on the telephone.

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The day before, at 6:27 p.m., the Sarthoise event, which started at a Grand Prix pace…

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Source: lefigaro

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