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PhotoS of the Week: TR6 at the Mexican Grand Prix and Racing Photos of Pedro and Ricardo Rodriquez

 

Albert forwarded to me a smashing photograph he had received from a Mexican enthusiast named Carlos Hernan Figueroa who has been working hard on a TR250 project this year. Carlos didn’t add any commentary, but his subject line is “Gran Premio de Mexico” (Grand Prix of Mexico). The race was held on October 29th on the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City. The photo shows a beautiful British racing green 1975 TR6, probably completing a parade lap on the track. It is great to see Triumphs in such a setting and obviously loved south of the border.

I have had only a passing interest in Formula I in recent years, although it is much easier to see races on television now than it was in the years that I found it most interesting. I started following it in 1960 when I was thirteen and thought the name was pronounced “Grand Pricks.” I can remember my sister, ten years older, laughing at me over that one. Rarely was a race mentioned on the local news, and even more rarely were even excerpts from a race shown on “The Wide World of Sports.” Usually, I had to wait two months before race results were reported in the U.S. motor magazines available on the newsstand at the local drug store. Things have changed—I caught highlights of the Mexican Grand Prix on YouTube this evening.

One race I did see a part of on television as a teenager was Sebring in 1961 when two young brothers, Pedro and Ricardo Rodriguez, led the Ferrari team for five hours in a privately entered Testa Rosa. These are the brothers for whom the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez was named. Ricardo Rodriguez was a racing prodigy, racing motorcycles in his early teens. He entered LeMans at sixteen but was turned down, as they said he was too young He kept coming back, however, and ran the race a number of times. He did a lot of sports car racing and some Formula 1—he died at the age of twenty in the Mexican Grand Prix of 1962 driving a Rob Walker Lotus. Older brother Pedro had a longer career driving in all kinds of racing, including Formula I and sports cars. Pedro began his Formula I career in 1965, and he died in 1971 at the age of thirty-one, driving a Ferrari 512M in a race at Nuremberg.

Pedro had a longer career, but both of the Rodriguez Brothers were prolific racers, driving all sorts of cars in all sorts of races, but Ferrari seems to be the theme that runs through both of their careers. Both were excellent drivers, and either of them was a major loss to motorsports. It is fitting that the track on which the Mexican Grand Prix is run should be named for them. I am including a couple of photos, mostly of Ricardo driving Ferraris along with the TR6 race track photo as Photos of the week. If you are my age, you will remember the Rodriguez Brothers. If you want to know more, you can find a lot of information on the web, including photos of cars and the brothers.

Many thanks to Carlos Hernan for sending the photo. I think it was worthwhile to remember and research the Rodriguez Brothers in response. They were heroes to the teenage Charles living here in Western Pennsylvania and hoping someday to have a sports car of my own...

 

Photo of TR6 Race Car at the Mexican Grand Prix

Photo of TR6 Race Car at the Mexican Grand Prix

Photo of Rodriquez in a Ferrari

The Rodriguez Brothers Were Famous Formula 1 and Sports Car Racers

Photo of Rodriquez in a Ferrari

Photo of Rodriquez in a Ferrari

Photo of Rodriquez in a Ferrari