The tragi-comedy of events leading up to the Cuban Grand Prix, high-lighted by the kidnapping of world champion driver, Juan Fangio, turned to true, grim tragedy in Havana today when the ill-fated race was called to a halt by the death of four people.
2 SHOTS POLICEWOMEN MARCHING OUT OF AUDITORIUM AFTER GRADUATION
4 SHOTS GIRLS OPERATING APPARATUS IN LABORATORY
LS GIRLS FIRING PISTOLS ON RANGE
CU W SHOTS GIRLS FIRING PISTOLS
MS GROUP OF GIRLS CHATTING IN FRONT OF POLICE BUREAU
CU TWO YOUNG GIRLS
LS GROUP OF GIRLS MARCH OUT OF POLICE STATION FOR THEIR BEATS
MS GIRLS HANDLING REGISTRATION WORK
CU GIRL CHECKING PASSPORT
2 SHOTS POLICEWOMAN HELPS CHILDREN CROSS STREET
S.T.V. Unlocking the case in which the two Yogis have been fasting.
S.T.V. Spectators milling around.
L.V. The walls of the case being removed.
S.T.V. Lookan lying in the now opened glass case.
S.V.Pan Yone being assisted from glass case.
C.U. Yone's face.
S.V.Pan Lookan being assisted from glass case.
S.C.U. Photographers etc., milling around Lookan.
L.V. Lookan's son comes over and greets him.
S.C.U. Lookan and his son embracing.
G.V. Hotel Lincoln where Fangio was taken.
C.U. Alesandro de Tomaso reading account of kidnapping.
G.V. Cars lined up for start of race.
L.V. Mechanic near Fangio's car with armed guard.
S.C.U. Fangio's car.
L.V. Car No.4. being pushed into position, Stirling Moss standing by?
G.V. Fangio's car into position.
G.V. Start of race.
L.V. Crowd in stands.
G.V.Towards Cars racing.
G.V. Cars racing past camera.
G.V.Towards Cars racing.
G.V. Crowd gathering around.crashed car (Garcia Cifuentes)
S.V. Crashed car with armed guards.
Shot through window, Doctors operating on Garcia Cifuentes.
G.V. Hotel with barrier across road.
S.V.Int. Fangio talking with Argentine Ambassador-Sir Raul A. Lynch.
SPORT: MOTOR RACING
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Background: The tragi-comedy of events leading up to the Cuban Grand Prix, high-lighted by the kidnapping of world champion driver, Juan Fangio, turned to true, grim tragedy in Havana today when the ill-fated race was called to a halt by the death of four people.
The bitter climax to the drama came when a Cuban car skidded crazily on the sea-front stretch of the round-the-houses course. It careered across the road and ploughed into a mass of screaming men women and children. Cars following screeched to a halt and several drivers refused to continue. The race was duly called off with Britain's Stirling Moss nominated as winner because of his sixth-lap lead.
Meanwhile the rebels still held Fangio - in protest that the Government should subsidize such expensive pursuits as motor-racing while there was heavy unemployment in Cuba. Fangio was subsequently released and stated that he had been well treated.
The kidnapping of Fangio - from a Havana hotel on the 24th February - evoked mixed feelings from the South American sporting public. There was a good deal of anger that their hero would miss this combined 'derby day' and 'bank-holiday' festival race; yet there was also some sympathy with the unemployed and the feeling of intrigue and romance which his kidnap brought to the race. All feelings turned grimly to anger and horror that the tragedy should strike. Particularly as it was rumoured in some quarters that the course had been sabotaged with oil. Certainly, the race officials are enquiring into the state of the track, which has been described as 'douched' in oil.