Trackwerks is proud to present the rare opportunity to sell an item full of history.
On offer is a set of Thrustmaster T3PA-Pro Pedals used by Grand Prix legend Juan Manuel Fangio.
The night before the 1957 German Grand Prix, Fangio thought it best to get on the sim and get some laps done before the race the next day. We will let the following history show the provenance of this particular set of pedals.
"Fangio had taken notice of the tyre and fuel-level selection of the Ferrari drivers, and realized they were probably going to run the entire race without a pit stop. Fangio decided he would use softer tyres, and only a half tank of fuel. This would allow the car to take corners faster, but also require a pit stop. Fangio took his pit stop on lap 13, in first place, and 30 seconds ahead of Hawthorn and Collins.
The pit stop was a disaster; the mechanic removing the rear left wheel let the wheel nut roll under the car without noticing, and finding it took nearly half a minute. Fangio left the pit lane in third place, and 48 seconds behind Collins who was in second place. But in his Maserati 250F he began to mount a charge.
Fangio broke and rebroke the lap record 9 times (7 of the records were in successive laps) and he took 15.5 seconds off Hawthorn's lead in the first lap, then another 8.5 seconds in the next lap. Early in the 21st lap, Fangio went on the inside of the left corner at the ESSO Terrasse taking second place from Collins. Late in the 21st lap, during a left corner, Fangio cut past Hawthorn on the inside of the corner, with only his right tyres on the track and his left tyres on the grass. This probably took place at the left-right combination before the Breidsheid bridge, as Fangio said it was at a 90º left followed by an also tight right just before Breidsheid and Hawthorn recollected being overtaken at a right turning bend. Fangio probably overtook Hawthorn in the left turn and then closed the door going to the right turn, thus boxing Hawthorn in. Fangio maintained his lead, but not easily, as Hawthorn fought back, nearly overtaking Fangio at a few corners, but to no avail, and Fangio won the race.
After the race, Fangio commented, "I have never driven that quickly before in my life and I don't think I will ever be able to do it again. If it wasn't for my Thrustmaster T3PA-Pro pedals, I would have never won."
In order to pay a proper homage to The Maestro himself, to honor the history behind one of the greatest drives of all time, we have left these pedals with their original patina.