Who Needs Umbrella Girls?

de Portago gridding up for the 1957 GP de Cuba

How hard do you think that Alfonso de Portago would laugh if we could tell him that racing teams have models in the pit lane who’s job it is to shield the drivers from the sun? De Portago didn’t need someone to cover his head when it started to rain before the 1957 Cuban GP and he certainly didn’t need it for the sun. A Shell ad wedged in the windscreen of his Ferrari 860 does just fine, thank you very much.

DISCUSS (4 Comments)

  1. Mandy Alvarez

    That was on Saturday.
    Fangio got the pole and won on Sunday.
    I got wet, myself.
    Great times from a now devastated communist island.

  2. Fred

    He looks a little sad, I’m sure a umbrella girl would cheer him up a little.

  3. Mandy Alvarez

    I was 12 at the time,but I do remember that the Cuban Nationals were fine looking umbrella girls!

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