What is common between 1949 and 2019 Pau Grand Prix ?
The Maestro Fangio for sure !
70 years ago Juan Manuel Fangio won Grand Prix de Pau for the 1st time. It was the last meeting for Formula A cars. The next year he celebrated his second victory in Pau at the very first Formula 1 Grand Prix de Pau, driving a single seater Maserati 4CLT 48 from Scuderia Achille Varzi.
In 2019 Pau will celebrate Fangio the Argentinian legend as common theme during both modern and historic Grand Prix.
Thus Fangio will be as a kind of fairy godfather for the current development of the Pau Grand Prix. Indeed, even if car racing remains a great attraction, in a pionering spirit and to gather more and more enthusiasts, die-hard fans, the Grand Prix is going to turn into a great motoring event with entertainement both on and off the track.
ASAC Basco Béarnais and Créa-SUD will continue to celebrate the 90 years Grand Prix de Pau history with, each year, a tribute to a legendary great driver and to make the Pau Grand Prix an internationally renowned « must attend » event.
The first great driver to be celebrated ?? Juan Manuel Fangio, 70 years after his first victory, on the road to his world champion’ 5 titles. In 1949 Fangio, not yet The Maestro, had the line up on the starting grid with a 1.47 min qualifying lap (only 37 seconds difference with one of the best F3 car 40 years later…). After 110 laps, 305 km offering a great show on the track, especially in the sequence of turns Beaumont-Foch-Poeymirau the Maestro was born !
Juan Manuel Fangio continue to be a great legend, gathering engaged fans, enthusiasts, keen on both rookies – competiting during the modern meetings of F3, F4, GT4 -and gentlemen’ drivers with their hundred of legendary classic cars in Pau during the historic grand Prix.
Several events are scheduled to celebrate this 70th Anniversary : A new audience prize which awards to drivers for their competition spirit during the Modern Grand Prix. Maserati 250 F cars show & shine, a tribute to Fangio through archive footage during the gala Dinner « The Automobile Legends night » on 25th May at Beaumont Palace and the last but not the least : a great contest for audience to win a travel in Argentina.