Jorge Recalde (rally driver)

Jorge Raúl Recalde (August 9, 1951 – March 10, 2001) was an Argentine rally driver born in Mina Clavero.

Jorge Recalde
Personal information
NationalityArgentina Argentine
Born(1951-08-09)August 9, 1951
DiedMarch 10, 2001(2001-03-10) (aged 49)
World Rally Championship record
Active years19802000
TeamsAudi, Lancia, Mitsubishi
Rally wins1
Stage wins58
Total points218
First rally1980 Rally Portugal
First win1988 Rally Argentina
Last rally2000 Rally Argentina


Recalde had a great knowledge of the roads of the Sierras de Córdoba, and began racing in 1970 in the "Turismo Mejorado" class. He won his first rally in 1971.

Nicknamned El Cóndor de Traslasierra, Recalde was an enthusiastic promoter of motorsports in the Córdoba region of Argentina. He was the only Argentine to have won the Rally Argentina, doing so in a Lancia Delta Integrale in 1988, also becoming the only Argentine and South American to win a World Rally Championship round. He won the event again in 1995, when it was part of the 2-litre world championship due to the WRC round rotation system.

Recalde died of myocardial infarction while competing in the ninth edition of the Villa Dolores rally. On May 4, 2005, the Argentine National Congress passed national law number 26,030 declaring Recalde's home town of Mina Clavero as the national capital of rally and the date of his death March 10 as "Día Nacional del Rally Argentino" (National day of Argentine rally) in his honour.[1]


  1. ^ "Archived copy" (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 2014-04-24. Retrieved 2008-07-29.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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