• Short Summary

    The tragi-comedy of events leading up to the Cuban Grand Prix, high-lighted by the kidnapping of world champion driver, Juan Fangio, turned to true, grim tragedy in Havana today when the ill-fated race was called to a halt by the death of four people.

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    The tragi-comedy of events leading up to the Cuban Grand Prix, high-lighted by the kidnapping of world champion driver, Juan Fangio, turned to true, grim tragedy in Havana today when the ill-fated race was called to a halt by the death of four people.

    The bitter climax to the drama came when a Cuban car skidded crazily on the sea-front stretch of the round-the-houses course. It careered across the road and ploughed into a mass of screaming men women and children. Cars following screeched to a halt and several drivers refused to continue. The race was duly called off with Britain's Stirling Moss nominated as winner because of his sixth-lap lead.

    Meanwhile the rebels still held Fangio - in protest that the Government should subsidize such expensive pursuits as motor-racing while there was heavy unemployment in Cuba. Fangio was subsequently released and stated that he had been well treated.

    The kidnapping of Fangio - from a Havana hotel on the 24th February - evoked mixed feelings from the South American sporting public. There was a good deal of anger that their hero would miss this combined 'derby day' and 'bank-holiday' festival race; yet there was also some sympathy with the unemployed and the feeling of intrigue and romance which his kidnap brought to the race. All feelings turned grimly to anger and horror that the tragedy should strike. Particularly as it was rumoured in some quarters that the course had been sabotaged with oil. Certainly, the race officials are enquiring into the state of the track, which has been described as 'douched' in oil.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAAXK7DPJOP8IDJQMT2AXJ85TUM
    Media URN:
    VLVAAXK7DPJOP8IDJQMT2AXJ85TUM
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    25/02/1958
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:35:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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