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Kidnapped in Havana

“Fangio, you must come with me. I am a member of the 26th of July revolutionary movement.” A man in a leather jacket said to Juan Manuel Fangio pointing a gun at the five-time Formula One World Champion at the fancy Hotel Lincoln located in Havana, the capital of Cuba on February 23, 1958. With kidnapping the world-famous Argentine race car driver, followers of Fidel Castro wanted to attract the world’s attention to the corrupt and dictatorial regime of Cuban leader Fulgencio Batista. Although Fangio was unable to take part the Cuba Grand Prix, he was lucky since he was released unhurt shortly after the race.

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