Former Grand Prix driver Roberto Mieres will be celebrating his 87th birthday today!
An all-round athlete in his youth, Mieres’ many talents in rowing, sailing, rugby and tennis were apparent during his early days growing up in Argentina, before he switched his focus to four-wheeled competition.
Starting out with an MG, he switched to Mercedes and then Bugatti power, winning the Argentine sport car championship. His success saw him travel to Europe, and he won the non-championship Geneva Grand Prix in a Ferrari in 1950.
He didn’t race abroad again until 1953, when he was called up by Gordini to replace the injured Jean Behra at the 1953 Dutch Grand Prix. He raced for the team at the World Championship events, finishing sixth at Monza.
For 1954, he switched to Maserati power, and picked up two fourth-placed finishes when he finally got his hands on the 250F challenger mid-season, soon picking up a works drive.
Now team-mate to Behra, Mieres claimed three points’ finishes, although his results in the non-championship races were typically better.
Ironically, it was the unstable political situation in his homeland which saw Mieres prematurely retire from competition, and he returned to his native Argentina and rediscovered his passion for sailing.
He made occasional outings behind the wheel thereafter, both in Argentina and the United States until the mid-1960s.
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