In addition to the Juan Manuel Fangio Museum, Balcarce offers other tours that make visitors feel close to the engine roar, the speed and the very important characters of car racing.
Feeling like a protagonist of Road Racing (TC
or TC 2000
in Argentina) is possible at least for a few minutes at the Juan Manuel Fangio Race Track in the Balcarce
. Lovers of car racing may feel like real pilots as they drive along the almost five thousand meters of the circuit emulating professional drivers: straights, bends and the street lights at the starting point are available for visitors to run their own race.
The race track is located very close to the center of the city, on La Barrosa Mountain Range, and was first opened in 1972 with the name of the maximum car racing exponent in the city: Juan Manuel Fangio.
Not only is this tour recommended for the importance of this circuit inside the national sports calendar, but also for the panoramic sights visitors may appreciate from here.
This car racing mini tour may be complemented with a visit to Juan Manuel Fangio's birthplace: the house located on 321 Thirteen Street. Built by his father, it presents a simple façade and Fangio's first car repair shop worked there.
The house facilities may not be visited and only a plate at the door declares that the property has been “declared of historical-symbolic-social interest”, making no reference at all to the quintuple Formula One World Champion. Car Racing is a Festival
Every year, the Car Racing National Festival is celebrated in Balcarce. This is the most important local festivity. Sport, classic, ancient, tuning and competition cars are displayed during three or four days in February. Both local and visitor clubs take part.
This event is an excellent occasion to see the vehicles specially presented at the Fangio Museum which are not displayed in a permanent fashion. Furthermore, racing car parades are organized and thematic chats are presented by well-known pilots and mechanics.
Apart from the celebrations, allusive photographic and pictorial displays, the election of the Car Racing Queen, the “Juan Manuel Bordeau” Prize awarded to local car racing champions, outdoor music shows, stands presented by communities of various origins, handicrafts and gastonomy are also presented.
Juan Manuel Fangio Race Track
Address: Suipacha y Calle 63.
Car Racing National Festival
Balcarce Tourist Office
Address: Calle 17 Nº 671. 7620 Balcarce. Buenos Aires. Republic of Argentina.
Te: 54 2266 425758