Buenos Aires GP
Posted 20 June 2002 - 19:32
<(mentions to the Maseratis in the cases of both Oscar Cabalén and Jose Froilán Gonzalez leads to believe that not only Fangio made the guess appearances at the wheel of both the Chimeri 250F and the Camoradi Behra-Porsche, but also these two drove Maseratis. My guess is that Cabalen drove Creus' car...and did not like it! Another option is that he drove Munaron's...)>
I bet that Cabalen practised the Camoradi Maserati 250F, yet wheeled by Násif in the Argentinian GP.
Posted 20 June 2002 - 21:19
Posted 21 June 2002 - 13:38
Posted 22 June 2002 - 22:46
Paul Sheldon's black book indicates Estéfano as a Camoradi USA entry.
But, jumping to the Bollée book on Lucky Casner, it reads that late 1959 the Camoradi 250F (chassis 2529) was sold.
So, can't we understand that :
1. The Camoradi 250F was sold to the Scuderia Centro-Sude (Paul allocated chassis 2529 to Giorgio Scarlatti in the GP)
2. Casner having submitted an entry in the GP, also sold (or gave) it to Centro-Sud
3. Getting hence an additional entry in the GP, Centro-Sud loaned it to a local boy (Estéfano) both for the GP and the Buenos Aires race, allowing another (Cabalen) to train it in practice.
Am I right, David ?
Posted 23 June 2002 - 07:38
As far as the 1960 races are concerned, the Sheldon information (source unknown) has now been overtaken by later research. Scarlatti's mount was one of the Piccolos (2533) entered for the occasion by Centro-Sud and Estéfano's an older car cobbled together by the same team from 2506 (but numbered 2511!). The Camoradi car (2529) stayed where it was, in the US of A. I don't think it was sold until later, so it could be that it was entered for the Argentine GP (the team was after all in Argentina at the time), though it seems certain it did not make an appearance there.
Posted 26 June 2002 - 19:48
Originally posted by Barry Boor
Still no sign of a circuit map for Cordoba........
Still working on it...don´t despair!!
Thanks to Mauro Pedranti taking a snapshot (no photocopying allowed) of the "La Voz del Interior" -a newspaper from Córdoba- we can have an idea...
More to follow, Mauro is now inspecting two more local sources (in one of them, the presence of Antonio Creus at the wheel of a 250F -race number #12- is confirmed, an interview with him and a picture at the local airport suggests beyond reasonable doubt that he, too, was at the race...
Posted 26 June 2002 - 21:17
Clearly Stefan's map is a different circuit; the fastest lap of 56.9 in an F2 car confirms it to be a different place.
However, that super image posted by Felix showing the cars sweeping downhill through as S-bend does not look as though it comes from the circuit that we see on the newspaper. That track looks more like a 'city block' type street circuit, whereas the one in the image looks more road circuity to me.
Anyway, Felix, many thanks for pursuing this conundrum and all power to you in the search.
Posted 27 June 2002 - 05:57
Posted 27 June 2002 - 08:19
But I am sure this is not the right one, this track was probably built in the 60's.[/B]
Turing the practise for the Cordoba F2 race 1968 the Oscar Calblen circuit was still under construction, it’s been only finished the track asphalt (with some problems on first practise), al ways around was still in natural state.
I have a video (from Swiss Italian TV TSI produced from amateur film from Silvio Moser), some picture from the 1964 Junior race on Cordoba lucks similar to the track in the newspaper (from Felix Muelas), may be it’s the same used before.
I think you need help from some argentine friends or also Automobil Club.
On other way to find the track with the using of an old city map, searching the situation seeing on the newspaper one.
Posted 04 July 2002 - 07:30
The BAGP was the third, and final race in the 1958/59 Torneiro Triangular series: Anything known about race one - Interlagos, Brazil, 30 November 1958 - or two - El Pinar, Uruguay, 11 January 1959???
Many thanks in advance!!!
Posted 17 March 2013 - 10:10
I am attempting to untangle them as this race is the next one on my 1960 F.1 calendar.
For a start, Darren's website shows 14 runners, with Laretta's Lotus 16 also listed but shown as having broken a half shaft in the warm up so he was a DNS.
There is no mention whatsoever of Nasif or Estefano (what IS the correct way around for that guy's name?) in Darren's results.
The practice list above shows Stacey in a Lotus but Darren only shows Stacey as having shared a 250.F with Antonio Creus.
Darren's result shows Menditeguy in 6th place at the end but also as retired on lap 30 with gearbox trouble.
I wondered if one of these Menditeguy was actually Bonomi as he is shown in a Cooper Maserati in the practice times but Darren has him sharing the Behra Porsche with Gregory.
Darren's site also has no mention of Oscar Cabalen, Ettore Chimeri or Scarlatti.
I know that race details from years ago do sometimes differ slightly but this seems an amazing lot of variation - even to the extent that it looks like two different races.
Oh yes, one other thing. Somewhere along the way I have managed to find a circuit plan of this park track, and the statue that the drivers could choose their own path around, is clearly visible on Google Earth. However, there is a discrepancy of something like 300 meters between the given circuit length and the one that I have drawn on G.E.
This must be one of the most confusing races ever.
Posted 17 March 2013 - 14:15
•Stacey was definitely in a works Lotus
•There appear to have been only five finishers. Menditeguy retired on lap 30 (gearbox) then took over Bonomi's sister Cooper-Maserati but that, too, retired (after 63 laps)
•Chimeri finished fourth in the Ecurie Sorocaima 250F
•Cabalen was not an entry
•Scarlatti (Centro-Sud 250F), although not named on the grid and listed as DNA, was apparently an early retirement
Posted 17 March 2013 - 18:56
So... I wonder why the alleged practice times listed above show a time for Cabalen.
Posted 17 March 2013 - 20:06
The points I listed (except the Scarlatti one) are all from the Black Book, which even the compilers would admit is not infallible - just as accurate as it can be (and more so than most websites)
Cabalen may indeed have been an entry, for some reason missed by F1R
Posted 18 March 2013 - 08:29
Here are some pictures (Looks like Gonzalez in the#49):
Posted 18 March 2013 - 09:02
Posted 18 March 2013 - 09:34
I'd like to know F1R's reasons for not listing Scarlatti as a starter; the practice time posted above by Felix Muelas and the contemporary Autosport report both include him.
Posted 18 March 2013 - 11:02
Posted 18 March 2013 - 11:56
I'm fascinated by that Ferrari-Corvette, #49, because I can't make out what sort of Ferrari chassis that is.
Posted 18 March 2013 - 13:54
Posted 18 March 2013 - 18:59
Surely this was a Formula Libre race. The question is if it was scheduled as that!
According to what I know, Ferrari was fairly disgusted by the outcome of the Argentine GP, and withdraw its entry from the Buenos Aires GP. I have never seen an (original) entry list, but surely this meant a reduction of participants - did the Mecanica Nacional cars only come in after that?
The best report on the 1960 BsAs GP at Cordoba I know is given by Eduardo Gesumaria in his 'Historia del Automovilismo de Cordoba' (published B Editores, Cordoba 1986), pp. 352-354. Accordingly 25 entries were expected, but finally there were only 15 starters. A number of Argentine drivers tried to participate in the race, we learn: Menditeguy (Cooper-Maserati), Bonomi (Cooper-Maserati) Rodriguez Larreta (Lotus-Climax) Estefano (Maserati) and Oscar Cabalen (Maserati).
Originally the Governor of the Cordoba had tried to get a Ferrari for Cabalen, but after Ferrari did no come, the local guy ended up with Munaron's Maserati. However, Cabalen was rather slow with the car, and so he decided not to start. Estefano had a try with a Scuderia Sud Maserati, but prefered his trusted Chevrolet-Wayne!
No grid is given in Gesumaria, but he clearly states there were 15 cars prepared for the start. Now it's up to you: Rodriguez Larreta broke down at the start, and Ireland did not finish the first lap. Apart from the well known finishers this leaves 8 retirements:
Scarlatti, in 4th lap
Estefano, in 11th lap
Gregory, in 17th lap
Schell, in 24th lap
McLaren, in 29th lap
Brabham, in 40th lap
Menditeguy/Bonomi, in 63rd lap
Stacey, 67th lap.
Second, the Gonzalez Ferrari-Corvette.
According to Jose-Froilan Gonzalez/Roberto Carozzo, 'Una Pasion Sobre Ruedas' (2nd Ed., Fundacion Jose-Froilan Gonzalez, Buenos Aires, 2007), the chassis was 'un viejo chasis Ferrari de la Formula de 1951, de la era de los motores de 4 litros y medio.' (p. 168) ... but, we read, due to Ferrari economics, later rebuild for use in Formula 2 ... at the time known under s/n 0482 ...
PS: Anybody around with some details on what was probably the last victory of the Gonzalez Ferrari-Corvette in Argentinian Mecanica Nacional at Mendoza in 1962? That has been the GP Vendimia on 6th of May 1962, when the car was driven by Albert Rodriguez Larreta. Yes, please?
Edited by O Volante, 18 March 2013 - 20:17.
Posted 18 March 2013 - 20:39
Actually Tipo 500 No.3, subsequently given a 625 engine for the 1954 Formula 1, but not renumbered 0482 (in the customer-number sequence) until sold to Peter Whitehead, with 750 engine, later that year
'un viejo chasis Ferrari de la Formula de 1951, de la era de los motores de 4 litros y medio.' (p. 168) ... but, we read, due to Ferrari economics, later rebuild for use in Formula 2 ... at the time known under s/n 0482 ...
Posted 18 March 2013 - 20:42
Re-reading Gesumaria, I found that he credits
- Gonzalez with retirement after 11 laps due to mechanical problems
- Creus with retirement after 7 laps
in the text - but not in his closing tables ...
Sorry for confusion!
Well, in this context, Creus is rather a mystery. Besides Gonzalez, I'm rather missing Menditeguy, who is said to have had gear box trouble, to retire his car and to take over Bonomi's, only to retire again, as said above, after 62 laps ... So 15 starters plus Larreta & Ireland?
Posted 18 March 2013 - 20:50
Posted 18 March 2013 - 22:34
It's the number stamped on the main chassis tube, to this day
Posted 20 March 2013 - 08:14
Although the text is in Spanish it is easy to read drivers times. The information is basic giving only drivers name, car type and best time recorded. It does not give entry number, entrant, car type (or chassis number).
The 1960 Argentine GP practice times show some interesting driver times.
Wednesday 3rd February
Alberto Laretta (Maserati) 1'58.4" (he would race a Team Lotus, Lotus 16 in official Saturday practice and GP)
Pedro Llano (Maserati) 1'58.7"
In both cases the car used would have been a Maserati 250F
Thursday 4th February
Julio Pola (Maserati) 2'04.6" (again the car would have been a Maserati 250F)
Saturday 6th February.
All drivers times 'mirror' starting grid shown in Mike Lang's 'Grand Prix, Volume 1' book and Paul Sheldons latest version of his 'black book' with exception of W.von Trips 1'39.2" (both starting grids show 1'39.0") It also records Oscar Cabalen (Maserati) time 1'50.3" with a note stating he was reserve driver for Nasif Estefano entry (who raced entrant no 10, Maserati 250F). As this was an official practice session for the Grand Prix it would appear to show a driver that is not shown in any of the usual record books as a GP non qualifier (such as Steve Small's 'Grand Prix Who's Who' book).
I tried to follow this up by approaching Argentine author Guillermo Sanchez (who wrote 'Fuerza Libre - 1919-1942 Grand Prix, Sports Cars & Specials-Racing in the Pampas') to try and find any other reference to Oscar Cabalen participation in 1960 Argentine GP. Although he checked El Grafico, Velocidad & Rugir de Motores magazines as well as Argentine Motorsport Club in Buenos Aires (very poor records kept I believe) he could not find any reference to Cabalen. This is strange as you would have thought that local journalists would have recognised a local (Argentine) driver.
Now looking at GRAN PREMIO DE BUENOS AIRES race held at Cordoba on 14th February 1960.
Guillermo read Oscar Cabalen's biography 'Oscar Cabalen El Idolo' by Eduardo Gesumaria. He could find no reference to Cabalen practicing at Argentine GP, but it did state he practiced Antonio Creus (Maserati 250F) with a best time of 1'36.3", but he decided not to take part in the race, because of the cars lack of performance. It als mentions that Alcides Raines (Cabalen's manager) asked Enzo Ferrari for a car, but the Italian answered they had not been invited to race at Cordoba
Posted 20 March 2013 - 10:20