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Fangio, Juan Manuel 1911-1995
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Contact the seller - opens in a new window or tab and request post to your location. Yet his extraordinary life was as remarkable as his racing achievements. It was 46 years before his record of five World Championships was beaten, but even now he is still remembered for an exceptional Formula 1 career, which contained Juan Manuel Fangio's illustrious name is indelibly inscribed in the record books and many consider him to be the greatest driver in history.
It was 46 years before his record of five World Championships was beaten, but even now he is still remembered for an exceptional Formula 1 career, which contained some of the greatest displays of skill and daring ever seen. Few, though know of his almost super-human exploits in epic South American road races that made competition at the pinnacle of motor sport seem like child's play. Gerald Donaldson chronicles not only those arduous early competitions but also his long journey from humble origins in remote Argentina to the lofty heights of international celebrity.
Fangio flourished in an era when racing was raw and romantic, when heroic drivers manhandled machines on duanting and dangerous tracks that are no more. Out of the car his personal magnetism made him one of the most charismatic sportsmen of all time. Fangio:The Life Behind The Legend, written by motor sport's most highly regarded biographer- Gerald Donaldson- is a marvellously fitting tribute to a truly iconic figure.
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Jul 18, Nickd85 rated it liked it. An informative biography of one of the greatest drivers in motorsport history. The early chapters on Fangio's childhood and the start of his racing career are very interesting, and Donaldson paints a vivid picture of the racing scene in South America at the time. Unfortunately, the chapters on Fangio's time in Formula One feel very formulaic by comparison.
They run through the seasons on a race-by-race basis and while there are enough interspersed anecdotes to hold interest, they lack the colour An informative biography of one of the greatest drivers in motorsport history. They run through the seasons on a race-by-race basis and while there are enough interspersed anecdotes to hold interest, they lack the colour of the earlier chapters.
That is not to say that I wouldn't recommend this book, but it still feels as if the definitive biography of Fangio is yet to be written. The lack of foreign-language, especially Argentinian, sources in the bibliography is telling. View 1 comment. A fascinating read An excellent and well written biography of Fangio from a highly proficient author. If you have any interest in motor racing you should love this book. Very well detailed throughout and interesting to read.
Gerald Donaldson is one of the elder statesmen of the motorsport history crowd, and in Fangio: The Life Behind the Legend , he shows why. Concise, detailed and well-written, it takes you through the life of the five-time World Champion from his squalid beginnings, through the immense effort of Argentina's Mecanica Nacional racing, and thence his introduction to Grand Prix racing and ultimate domination.
At every stage Donaldson is informative, and the story he tells is interesting. I had of course Gerald Donaldson is one of the elder statesmen of the motorsport history crowd, and in Fangio: The Life Behind the Legend , he shows why. I had of course heard of what kind of racing Fangio had been into before Formula 1, but even so it was more than a little stunning to be taken through it at ground level and suddenly appreciate what it really means.
Working for 48 hours straight to repair a Ford or Chevy coupe - usually lashed-up with an engine suitable for a fishing trawler - and then thrashing it along public roads for several Grand Prix distances is exhausting to read about, let alone do! Small wonder, then, that when he got to Europe and started entering pipsqueak Grand Prix races lasting "only" km, he was able to drive his car on the limit from green flag to chequered.
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Despite ticking all the boxes, however, the book is not perfect. I said Donaldson is informative and the story is interesting, but that doesn't mean Donaldson himself is interesting. A book about a man known as the Grand Old Master calls for a certain grandness of tone, and that is sorely lacking in Fangio.