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Juan Manuel Bordeu

28th January 1934
Balcarce, Buenos Aires
24th November 1990 (Aged 56)
Buenos Aires
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The protégé of Juan Manuel Fangio arrived in Europe amid inevitable hype but proved to be quick. However, this son of a wealthy landowner never fulfilled those early expectations after a testing accident thwarted his one Grand Prix chance.

Formula Junior and F1 chance

Juan Manuel Bordeu first raced in 1954 and moved to Europe five years later with the backing of the sport’s greatest star. Formula Junior success included victory at Monza in 1959 and all seemed set fair for his Formula 1 debut. Entered for the 1961 French GP in the UDT-Laystall Lotus 18-Climax normally driven by the incapacitated Cliff Allison, Bordeu broke his leg testing at Goodwood.

National Champion

Lucien Bianchi was drafted in for the race and that was as close as Bordeu came to starting a GP. He enjoyed some success with a Ferrari 250GTO during 1963 – placed both at Sebring and in the Targa Florio but his European dream was over. He returned to Argentina where he raced in the Turisimo Carretera – winning the 1966 title with a Chevrolet.

“The new Fangio” retired from the sport in 1973 and later served as a delegate on the FIA’s World Motorsport Council. Juan Manuel Bordeu died in 1990 after suffering from leukaemia.

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