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The Cuban Grand Prix, also known as the Havana Grand Prix, was a sports car motor race held for a brief period in the late 1950s in Havana. The race is now defunct, having been held for the last time in 1960. The 1958 race is best remembered as the backdrop to the kidnapping of Formula One World Champion Juan Manuel Fangio by anti-government rebels linked to the 26th of July Movement.[2] There is an exclusive report in the newspaper Zig Zag by the man who allegedly sequestered Fangio and a note by Fangio.[3]

Cuban Grand Prix
el Malecon
Cuban Grand Prix Circuit. Havana. 1957.jpg
Race information
Number of times held3
First held1957[1]
Last held1960
Most wins (drivers)United Kingdom Stirling Moss (2)
Most wins (constructors)Italy Maserati (2)
Circuit length5.591 km (3.23 mi)
Race length260.50 km (161.50 mi)
Last race (1960)
Pole position
Fastest lap
1958 Cuban Grand Prix.

The race was established in 1957 as the Batista Government envisioned creating an event to attract wealthy tourists, particularly from the nearby United States. A street circuit was established on Malecon Avenue on the beachfront of Havana. The first race was a great success. The race was won by Fangio driving a Maserati 300S, leading home Carroll Shelby driving a Ferrari 410 and Alfonso de Portago in a Ferrari 860.

The following year the official Maserati team arrived in force with their fleet of Maserati 300S cars and Fangio and Stirling Moss as drivers. On the eve of the race Fangio was abducted from his hotel by an armed man.[2] The Cuban government ordered the race to continue. Moss and Masten Gregory led the race which was red flagged after just six laps. Armando Garcia Cifuentes had crashed his Ferrari into the crowd, killing seven.[4]

The 1959 race was cancelled as Fidel Castro's revolution entered its final stages. The race returned in 1960, at a new venue on service roads around a military airfield. Moss, driving a Maserati Birdcage for privateer team Camoradi, had a comfortable victory over NART run Ferrari 250 TR59 driven by Pedro Rodríguez with Masten Gregory third in a Porsche 718.[5]


Winners of the Cuban Grand PrixEdit


  1. ^ "Havana". Retrieved 2018-12-02.
  2. ^ a b Laurence Edmondson (20 July 2010). "Kidnapped in Cuba". ESPN F1. ESPN. Retrieved 24 January 2012.
  3. ^ "Yo Secuestre a Juan Manuel Fangio". Retrieved 2018-11-18.
  4. ^ "A Grand Prix in Havana?". 24 November 1997. Retrieved 24 January 2012.
  5. ^ "Stirling Moss Race History: 1960 Cuban Grand Prix". Archived from the original on 18 January 2012. Retrieved 24 January 2012.
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  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-01-18. Retrieved 2012-01-24.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)


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