1958 1000 km Buenos Aires

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The 1958 1000 km Buenos Aires took place on 26 January, on the Autódromo Municipal-Avenida Paz, (Buenos Aires, Argentina). It was the fifth running of the race, and once again, it was opening round of the F.I.A. World Sports Car Championship. For this event, it returned to the Autódromo, after having a one-off race at the Circuito de la Costanera Norte, however its layout was not generally well received.

The sport’s governing body, F.I.A. and its Commission Sportive Internationale (CSI) dictated several technical changes to the 1958 Sports Car rule book, under teams completing now see their cars’ engines limited to three litres. [1]



Autódromo Municipal-Avenida Paz - Buenos Aires 1000km

A grand total of 30 racing cars were registered for this event, of which all 30 arrived for practice and 26 for qualifying for the race. Although this was the first major sports car race of the year to be run since CSI’s rule changes, but as in previous years, the race was poorly supported by the work of teams. Only Ferrari sent works cars from Europe. They had entered three of the stunning Ferrari 250 TRs for Peter Collins/Phil Hill, Wolfgang von Trips/Mike Hawthorn and Luigi Musso/Olivier Gendebien. [2][3]

As for the other works teams from 1957, Aston Martin opted not to do the long trek to South America, while the Jaguar D-Types were no longer eligible to under these new rules, due to their 5-litre engines. As for Maserati, ut was announced that due to financial difficulties, they would not continue to operate as a works team. [4]


After a three-hour qualifying session held on the days prior to the race, it was Collins who took pole position for Scuderia Ferrari in their 250 TR. [5]

However, Stirling Moss and Jean Behra were originally entered to share a Maserati 300S, but when this car broke its crankshaft during a practice session, they were offered a Porsche 550 RS. [6]


Ferrari 250 TR – similar to the car driven to victory by Collins/Hill.

The race was held over 106 laps of the 5.888 mile, Autódromo Municipal-Avenida Paz, giving a distance of 624.162 miles (1,004.49km). Due to the lack of opposition, it was left to Ferrari to battle amongst themselves. However, the last minute change of mount for Moss and Behra would bring some excitement to the race, added in part by what was literal invasion of Lepidopterous on race day. Butterflies tended to cover up the cars’water radiators, a problem which air-cooled cars like the Porsche did not have… [7][8]

In the race, the Scuderia Ferrari of Collins and Hill, won ahead of their team-mates von Trips/Gendebien/Musso. Car number 2, took an impressive victory, winning in a time of 6hrs 19:55.4 mins, averaging a speed of 98.572mph. Second place went to the second Ferrari, albeit 3:14.4 mins. adrift. The podium was complete by the winner of the 1957 Swedish Grand Prix, Moss and Behra who despite their small engine, were just 9.8 seconds behind. [9][10]

Sadly, the race was marred by the death of a driver of following an accident on lap seven, when the overturned his Maserati 300S. [11]

Official Classification[edit]

Class Winners are in Bold text.

Pos No Class Driver Entrant Chassis Laps Reason Out
1st 2 S3.0 United Kingdom Peter Collins United States Phil Hill Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari 250 TR 58 6hr 19:55.4, 106
2nd 4 S3.0 West Germany Wolfgang von Trips
Italy Luigi Musso
Belgium Olivier Gendebien Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari 250 TR 58 6hr 23.08.0, 106
3rd 48 S2.0 United Kingdom Stirling Moss France Jean Behra Huschke von Hanstein Porsche 550 RS 6hr 23:17.8, 106
4th 26 S3.0 Italy Piero Drogo Venezuela Sergio González Piero Drogo Ferrari 250 TR 102
5th 50 S1.5 East Germany Edgar Barth
Argentina Anton von Döry
Argentina Roberto Miéres Porsche Porsche 550 RS 99
6th 34 S2.0 Italy Gino Munaron Italy Luciano Mantovani Ferrari 500 TR 98
7th 28 S3.0 Argentina Luis Milán Brazil Antônio Mendes de Barros Maserati 300S 98
8th 10 S3.0 France Maurice Trintignant France François Picard Ferrari 250 GT LWB Scaglietti 97
9th 44 S1.5 Argentina Ricardo Grandio Chile Eduardo Kovacs-Jones Osca F2/S 1500 95
10th 52 S1.5 Guatemala Jaroslav Juhan Guatemala Hubert Wiesse Porsche 550 RS 94
11th 38 S2.0 Argentina Julio Guimarey Argentina Carlos Guimarey Maserati A6G 80
DNF 42 S1.5 Argentina Roberto Bonomi Italy Luigi Piotti Osca S1500 75 Gearbox
DNF 40 S1.5 Argentina Alberto Rodriguez Larreta Italy Maria Teresa de Filippis Osca TN 1500 71 Electrics
DNF 24 S3.0 Brazil Celso Lara-Barberis Brazil Eugênio Martins Ferrari 750 Monza 57 Engine
DNF 32 S2.0 Sweden Jo Bonnier United States Masten Gregory Maserati 200S I 47 Brakes
DNF 22 S3.0 Argentina Alvaro Piano Argentina Franco Bruno Ferrari 625 TF 42 Accident
DNF 36 S2.0 Italy Gerino Gerini Italy Giuseppe Musso Maserati 200S I 30 Fuel system
DNF 62 S3.0 Peru Stuart Monro Peru Eduardo Dibós-Chappius Mercedes-Benz 300 SL 30 Differential
DNF 12 S3.0 Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio Spain Francisco Godia-Sales Scuderia Centro Sud Maserati 300S 24 Accident damage
DNF 54 S1.5 Argentina Pedro von Döry West Germany Curt Delfosse Porsche 550 21 Gearbox
DNF 30 S2.0 Italy Giorgio Scarlatti Italy Antonio Negri Bevilacqua Maserati 200S I 15 Accident
DNF 20 S3.0 Argentina Patricio Badaracco Argentina Federico Mayol Aston Martin DB2 15 Accident
DNF 14 S3.0 Argentina Jorge Magnasco Argentina Juan Manuel Bordeu Jorge Magnasco Maserati 300S 8 Fatal accident
DNF 8 S3.0 United States John von Neumann West Germany Wolfgang Seidel John von Neumann Ferrari 250 TR 7 Rear Axle
DNF 46 S1.5 Argentina Alejandro de Tomaso United States Isabelle Haskell Isabelle Haskell Osca F2/S 1500 5 Axle
DNF 6 S3.0 Italy Luigi Musso Belgium Olivier Gendebien Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari 250 TR 0 Accident
DNS 56 S1.5 Argentina Tomas Mayol Argentina Osvaldo Jose Mantega Porsche 550 DNS
DNS 16 S3.0 United Kingdom Stirling Moss France Jean Behra Scuderia Centro Sud Maserati 300S Engine in practice
DNS 58 S1.5 Argentina Horacio Durado Argentina Horacio Carlomagno Simca Huit DNS
DNS S3.0 Argentina Alberto Gómez Alberto Gómez Lancia D23 DNS


Class Winners[edit]

Class Winners
Sports 3000 2 Ferrari 250 TR 58 Collins / Hill
Sports 2000 48 Porsche 550 RS 1.6 Moss / Behra
Sports 1500 50 Porsche 550 RS Barth / Mières / von Döry


Standings after the race[edit]

Pos Championship Points
1 Italy Ferrari 8
2 West Germany Porsche 4


  • Note: Only the top five positions are included in this set of standings.

Championship points were awarded for the first six places in each race in the order of 8-6-4-3-2-1, excepting the RAC Tourist Trophy, for which points were awarded on a 4-3-2-1 for the first four places. Manufacturers were only awarded points for their highest finishing car with no points awarded for positions filled by additional cars. Only the best 4 results out of the 6 races could be retained by each manufacturer. Points earned but not counted towards the championship totals are listed within brackets in the above table.


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