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The Carrera Panamericana, a nine-stage race across Mexico also claimed lives. Over the five years the race ran, 1950 – 1954, a total of 27 people were killed. The Cuban Grand Prix only ran three times, 1957, 1958 and 1960. Again, a car crashed into a crowd of spectators, killing seven people and injuring many more. Ironically, the dangers of racing were not just limited to the track, Juan Manuel Fangio was kidnapped the night before the 1958 Cuban Grand Prix by political rebels. Thankfully, he was subsequently released unharmed.
The Mille Miglia, an endurance race over approximately 1000 miles, was undoubtedly the most glamorous motorsport event at the time. Indeed, Enzo Ferrari described the Mille Miglia as ‘the most beautiful race in the world’. Tree-lined roads and breathtaking landscapes provided the perfect backdrop for this arduous challenge. The Mille Miglia ran from 1927 to 1957, albeit no race was held in 1939 and there was a further interlude between 1941 and 1946. Sadly, while the race scythed through glorious vistas, the Mille Miglia was no stranger to danger. For example, two fatal crashes occurred in the final race of 1957. Both drivers and spectators, including five children, perished, spelling the end of the legendary race.
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