“Fangio was a fan of mine”, Crespi said humbly when we asked him about his relationship with the most famous son of Balcarce. He told us an anecdote in which Juan Manuel Fangio, while being at the Paris Auto Salon, walked towards Crespi's stand along a long red carpet surrounded by thousands of people eager to see the idol of national car racing.
However, his relationship with Fangio had began much before that event: it was in Buenos Aires
when Juan Manuel visited Tulio's repair shop in the neighborhood of Palermo in order to meet him and afterwards, according to Crespi, “he even sent him customers”. By suggestion of the famous pilot, Tulio would then move his company to Balcarce
in the early 1980s.
At present, Crespi Competición exports its prototypes to Ecuador, Colombia, Mexico and Chile and it has a vast local background in car racing. The monocoque chassis created by Crespi gave origin to the Formula Renault, the most important category in formula cars in Latin America.
The company is also present in the Road Racing, TC 2000
and Turismo Nacional
categories. As regards the pilots, the Crespi motor-racing team created cars that were later driven by Juan Manuel Fangio II, Oscar Aventín, Guillermo Ortelli, Omar Martínez, Fabián Acuña, Juan María Traverso, Daniel Cingolani, Miguel Etchegaray, Juan Manuel Silva and Tito Bessone, to mention some outstanding racers.
Even if this is not a museum, the factory is open for all those who wish to visit the repair shop, where there are plenty of bodywork pieces that will give origin to racing cars, photos and trophies of the most famous racers that were part of the Crespi motor-racing team. The ground floor hall displays one of the Tulietas, along with other cars. Nevertheless, Tulio Crespi points out: “my biggest trophy was to attend the Paris Auto Salon and my dream is to make the modern Tulieta again”.