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Born on this day (29th - April)

Cal Niday

1916 - 1988


Hugh Dibley

1937


Jerry Karl

1941 - 2008


Dale Earnhardt

1957 - 2001


Chad Little

1963


Marcel Albers

1967 - 1992


Ryan Sharp

1979



Died on this day (29th - April)

Baron Pierre de Crawhez

1874 - 1925


Theo Helfrich

1913 - 1978


Bob Akin

1936 - 2002


Rob Walker

1917 - 2002


Chuck Daigh

1923 - 2008



Carlos Menditeguy
Carlos Menditeguy
ARGENTINA

Born
10 / 8 / 1915
Died
28 / 4 / 1973
Carlos Menditeguy, born in Buenos Aires, was a Formula One driver and one of the top six Polo players in the world.

Carlos Menditeguy was born in Buenos Aires. He was a Formula One driver and one of the top six Polo players in the world.

Menditeguy impressed at the 1951 Peron Cup races with his performances in an Alfa Romeo and raced regularly in the Argentinian Grand Prix and the Buenos Aires Libre races. He occasionally made the trip to Europe on the back of the Fangio/Gonzalez bandwagon of the early 1950s, but never completed a full season.

In 1956 Menditeguy led the Grand Prix until, missing a gear, he broke the car's half-shaft and slid the Maserati into a fence. Another fine drive in the Mendoza GP yielded only fourth place after low oil pressure had blunted his challenge, but he did share the winning Maserati sports car with Moss in the Buenos Aires 1000 Km.

Notoriously hard on his machinery, he did manage to keep it together in 1957 to take a third behind Juan-Manuel Fangio and Jean Behra in his home Grand Prix. All were driving Maserati 250F's.

This performance persuaded Maserati to give him an opportunity to race in Europe. He felt that he was given ill prepared machinery while Maserati felt that he was too hard on the cars. Whatever the truth, he returned to Argentina mid-season in disgust.

In 1958 he shared Godia's Maserati to take third place in the Buenos Aires City GP, and in 1960, in the last Argentine Grand Prix for more than a decade, showed his talent had not deserted him by taking a Centro Sud Cooper into fourth place.





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