withdrew from motor racing following the disaster at Le Mans, he drove almost invincibly for Mercedes-Benz. But on the day in question, he was driving for Maserati.
Up against him were Mike Hawthorn, and Peter Collins, driving for Ferrari. Stirling Moss was driving a Vanwall, the first British car after the war to do any good. The race was run in conjunction with the F2 race which was smaller cars, just to make it interesting. Roy Salvadori was driving a Cooper, in this race. The Cooper subsequently went on to become a world beater, powered by the Coventry Climax engine which was originally designed to pump water. But not today. This was Fangio's day. Leading the race from the start he built up a considerable lead over the Ferrari's of Hawthorne, and Collins. The German spectators were delighted, as they liked to win and could have no idea of what was in store for them at Wembley in 1966. But I digress. About half of the race was over with Fangio in a commanding lead when, to the consternation of the crowd, he came into the pits. Hawthorn, and Collins went into the lead, thinking that Fangio had retired. What they didn't know was that Fangio was making a prearranged pit stop, to take on fuel, and having done so he rejoined the race, and started to move up through the field. By the time the last lap started he had the two Ferraris in his vision. Near to the start and finish line they had erected a big board with the shape of the circuit made out in fluorescent tubes, divided into the various sections of the circuit. With this was another board showing numbers, which were the numbers of the leading cars, and the order in which they were lying. Seems primitive now but in 1957 it