July 17, 2014 marks the 19th anniversary of the passing of Juan Manuel Fangio who lived to be a healthy 84 years old.

It was his final race win at the Nurburgring on August 4, 1957, where Fangio scored his fifth and final World Championship victory, that really etched the Argentine’s name into the record books.

Four-time champion Fangio started from pole position for the 22 lap, 311 mile race on the famed Nurburgring circuit, but it was British driver Mike Hawthorne who got the best start, pulling away to an early lead.

1957 German Grand Prix.  Nurburgring, Germany.  2nd - 4th August 1957.  Stirling Moss (Vanwall VW5) 5th position, (Car 10) at the start of the race on the second row, action. World Copyright: LAT Photographic.

The 1957 German Grand Prix gets underway on August 4, 1957. (Photo: LAT Photographic)

Fangio soon put his Maserati 250F to work though, moving his way by Peter Collins and Mike Hawthorne and back into the lead on the third lap. By Lap 13, Fangio had pulled out a 30-second lead as he came in for fuel and tires.

1957 German Grand Prix. Nurburgring, Germany. 2-4 August 1957. Juan Manuel Fangio (Maserati 250F) 1st position, action. Ref-57 GER 18. World Copyright - Tony Smythe/LAT Photographic

Juan Manuel Fangio (Maserati 250F) races en route to winning the 1957 German Grand Prix. (Photo: Tony Smythe/LAT Photographic)

However, Fangio’s stop turned out to be a disastrous one and he reemerged from the pits 50 seconds behind the leaders. What followed next was an absolutely astounding drive as the Argentine driver took chunks out of the Ferraris’ leads, positioning himself in striking distance on the penultimate lap.

1957 German Grand Prix. Nurburgring, Germany. 2-4 August 1957. Mike Hawthorn (Lancia-Ferrari D50) leads Juan Manuel Fangio (Maserati 250F) and Peter Collins (Lancia-Ferrari D50) in the closing laps of the race. Fangio passed Hawthorn to win his greatest race. Ref: 57 GER 19 World Copyright - Tony Smythe/ LAT Photographic

Mike Hawthorn (Lancia-Ferrari D50) leads Juan Manuel Fangio (Maserati 250F) and Peter Collins (Lancia-Ferrari D50) in the closing laps of the race. Fangio passed Hawthorn to win his greatest race. (Photo: Tony Smythe/ LAT Photographic)

First, Fangio passed Peter Collins, before making a move on Collins’ teammate Hawthorne with one lap left to spare. Fangio went on to win the race by 3.6 seconds over Hawthorne.

1957 German Grand Prix. Nurburgring, Germany. 4 August 1957. Juan Manuel Fangio (Maserati 250F), 1st position. Fangio takes the chequered flag after his greatest win. World Copyright: LAT Photographic Ref: Black & print

Fangio takes the checkered flag to win the 1957 German Grand Prix and the World Championship. (Photo: LAT Photographic)

After the race, 46-year-old Fangio confessed that it was the hardest he had ever raced and that he never wanted to have to race that hard again. It was the Argentine’s 24th, final and finest victory.

1957 German Grand Prix. Nurburgring, Germany. 4 August 1957. Juan Manuel Fangio (Maserati 250F), 1st position. Fangio takes the chequered flag after his greatest win. World Copyright: LAT Photographic Ref: Black & print

(From left) Peter Collins (3rd), Juan Manuel Fangio (1st) and Mike Hawthorne (2nd) celebrate on the podium after the 1957 German Grand Prix. (Photo: LAT Photographic)

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