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Pablo Birger’s Ford was a regular in Argentina’s Mecánica Nacional series during the early 1950s but it was his two Grand Prix appearances that provided his highest profile outings.
The Argentinian Grand Prix
The world championship calendar included the Argentine GP for the first time in 1953 when Buenos Aires hosted the opening round. The field included six locals and Birger negotiated a deal to drive Gordini’s old fifth car. He qualified on the penultimate row but fell to the back of the field at the start. He then passed a couple of cars before retiring with mechanical failure.
The arrangement was repeated in 1955 when Birger drove a Gordini T16 against the might of Mercedes-Benz, Ferrari, Maserati and Lancia. He was the French marque’s quickest qualifier and lined up a surprise ninth on the grid. However, any thought of starring on raceday soon evaporated as Birger spun on the second lap and was hit by Sergio Menditéguy’s Maserati. Race over.
Birger was killed in a road accident aged just 42.