The remains of Formula 1 legend Juan Manuel Fangio received a new resting place in a museum after a ceremonial procession
Argentines gathered on the streets of Juan Manuel Fangio’s birthplace to cheer as the remains of the great 1950s Formula 1 champion made their way on a final lap to a new resting place in the museum housing his cars.
Three-time world champion Jackie Stewart joined the people of Balcarce, some 415 kilometers south of Buenos Aires, to pay tribute to the man he still considers the greatest racing driver of all time.
This year marks the 70th anniversary of the first of five Fangio World Championships, won between 1951 and 1957 with four different manufacturers.
He died in 1995 at the age of 84.
Stewart is the last survivor of six carriers – including former Fangio Stirling Moss teammate and Argentinian runners Carlos Reutemann and Jose Froilan Gonzalez – who carried his casket to the funeral.
Wednesday’s tribute saw the coffin, draped in the Argentinian national flag, moved in a hearse from the city cemetery through the streets to the museum dedicated to Fangio near the house where he was born in 1911.
People stood up and applauded as the procession passed.
“To me, there is no other racing driver who is more justified in this all happening,” Stewart told local media in Mar del Plata, where he arrived after attending the Mexican Grand Prix. , Tuesday.
“The fact that he’s now near his cars, in his museum, I think it’s a big, a big honor for him,” added the Scotsman.