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Trademarks featured or referred to on this website are the property of their respective trademark holders and not Sports Reference LLC or www. So the Ferrari was doing about kph through Guidizollo when the right front tyre exploded. Portago was also known for his winning ways with women, first marrying model Carroll McDaniel. Once, as a joke, he scared the hell out of his mechanics just by taking a screwdriver and walking to his racing car. He would never see the day. Back in , Fon created the Spanish national bobsleigh team and took on three good friends as his runners: Your comments, criticism and suggestions:

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Portago was also known for his winning ways with women, first marrying model Carroll McDaniel. The third musketeer in our November series on excess was a Spanish jockey, bobsledder, flier, polo player, jai-alai expert and racing driver, a handsome twentieth-century nobleman-conquistador who tackled the Grand National, Formula One and the Winter Olympics. The great sportsman Alfonso de Portago Except for being a playboy and a speed devil, Alfonso was one of the most diverse and excellent sportsmen ever seen.

Alfonso had entered himself with an underpowered Ferrari S and started well on this May 12th, He also was a bobsleigh runner, recruiting several cousins in order to form Spain’s first bobsleigh team for the Winter Olympic Games in Cortina d’Ampezzo. His father fought in the Spanish civil war racinb the side of general Franco. The first race he came second, and the second race he took the flag, all without factory racihg.

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The result portao the day was Alfonso buying himself a brand new Ferrari MM. Sports Reference LLC and www. The Girl Who Had Everythingpp. Though they had two children together, he soon tried to divorce her so he could legitimise a Mexican marriage certificate to Dorian Portagp, a fashion model eleven years his senior. At the same track a year earlier, he lost control of his car when he hit a patch of oil at mph.

Born in Londonhe was educated at Biarritz[1] in France. The car was out of control, hit a telephone pole, jumped over a brook, hitting a few spectators in the process.

At the tender age of 17 he could already be found in Paris, where he enjoyed the nightlife the city is famous for. A tire blew on Portago’s third-place [7] [8] Ferrari S causing it to spin into the crowd lining the highway.

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Trademarks featured or referred to on this website are the property of their respective trademark holders and not Sports Reference LLC or www. The woman in question was Mexican actress Linda Christian, ex-wife of actor Tyrone Power who had switched from the man who played Zorro on-screen to his real-life incarnation.

He participated in five World Championship Formula One races, placing his best result during a shared drive at the British Grand Prix, with a total of four championship points. But if the car survived the race, the results were invariably very good. Having handed over his own mount to Collins, De Portago took over Castellotti’s battered car to oprtago 10th.

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Retrieved 9 April — via NYTimes. But the American pilot organisation decided to take away his licence because of him being too dangerous. Fon was eager to prove Schell wrong, although he had never raced anything else than an automatic.

Alfonso found his ultimate calling as a racing driver. Born in London and educated in France, Alfonso was articulate in four languages and also the heir to one of the most respected titles in Spain.

Not that he was unable to pass them, but he found it easier to find his braking points when he was following. But his most important characteristic was his vitality: They registered for competition and ended up fourth in the final results, only beaten by Switzerland, Italy and the US! The hurtled over a canal on the left side of the road, then veered back across the canal, causing the deaths of nine onlookers in total. Their first race together was the miles of Buenos Aires. Nelson was an Air Force veteran who was working as a liftboy at the Plaza.

Inthe waiting would be in vain, but inFerrari did contact him, just to sell him an F1 car, not a seat. He ignored the omen. Meeting his fate aged 28, they were sadly right.