A Life of Speed: The Juan Manuel Fangio Story

Available on Netflix

A Life of Speed:The Juan Manuel Fagio Story
on Netflix (Image from the MVSRS youtube channel)

Like other car and sport documentary series on Netflix, they pack industry heavies and drivers into this look at a record setter of Formula 1 racing: Juan Manuel Fagio.

Born in 1911 in Balcarce, Argentina he grew up in a family of six and from a young age took a keen interest in sports and cars. By age 13, Fagio dropped out of school and began to work as an mechanic’s workshop assistant and by age 23, he drove in his first car race. And just before WWII, Fagio took part in and won the 6,000 mile Gran Premio International del Norte.

By the time he was 36 years old many felt Fagio too old to keep racing. He would go on to show them wrong. He went on to win 6 out of 10 races and would become an Argentinean hero.

A year later Fagio would begin driving for a racing team. And during the course of the rest of his career, Fagio would drive for Alfa Romero, Maserati, Mercedes-Benz, and Ferrari.

I found this look at Fagio’s life to be very interesting and fascinating. I not only got to learn about a skilled driver but I also got to see first hand and hear from those who took part in the early days of Formula 1 plus see footage of those days too.

It is a really good documentary and as to the parts where some debate figuring out the all time Formula driver, it’s debatable to me if that is even possible given all the pioneers in the sport including Fagio.

A Life of Speed: The Juan Manuel Fagio Story (Streaming now on Netflix)
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