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Angel Lo Valvo: the father of the myth

Ángel Lo Valvo, the first runner to win an official racing competition, is also the one who inaugurated the Arrecifes
09 November, 2019

When on November 9, 1909, the new baby of the Lo Valvo family arrived in the world, the neighbors of Reef didn’t know they were receiving the “Father of Myth”. Exactly thirty years later, Ángel, who was already a talented young man, was going to consecrate himself as the first champion of Tourism Road in Argentine history. And that title would make its neighbors enthusiastic about the iron: from the streets of Arrecifes (nowadays the city is known as “The cradle of champions”) would come out, among others, José Froilán González, the Di Palma, Carlos Marincovich, Néstor García Veiga, Norberto Fontana and Agustín Canapino.

In addition of that record, the great Ángel Lo Valvo (who ran his first races with the pseudonym of Hipómenes, Greek god of racing), two years earlier, in 1937, was the first runner to win an official competition: the first race of the Argentine Speed Championship (organized by the Automobile Club Argentino).

The origin of the pseudonym is, on the one hand, funny, and on the other, not so much. Formerly to become the sporting myth that it is today, it seems that Don Lo Valvo will they liked gambling a lot. Like most lovers of the Timba, it was more times I lost than I won. Conclusion: many creditors to escape from. When, moving sky and earth, he got the money so he could run, he didn’t want to sign up with his name. so that they wouldn’t come to collect him. Eventually it became known who was behind the pseudonym, which I would still use for a while longer.

First victory of Lo Valvo

We are in 1937. The Automobile Club Argentino organizes, for the first time, a speed event. The call is wide: anyone who wants participate is welcome. Lo Valvo scores with a Ford V8. He wins. Of immediately realizes that just left in the history of motorsport of our country being the fastest in the first passenger car competition of Argentine history.

In 1938, the “Gran Premio del Sur Argentino” runs. He has mechanical problems and is forced to quit. Those who knew him say he was a little demotivated, could almost speak of depression. Until 1939 another thing will happen that will change his life once more: the Argentine Speed Championship is transformed into Road Tourism. This time, the call is not open: the organizers are the ones who define who compete, who choose, among others, to Juan Manuel Fangio, Oscar Gálvez and Eusebio Marcilla.

They are also looking for him to Lo Valvo, who immediately accepts and receives the stroke of enthusiasm he needed to get out of the depression. He sets up the Ford V8 and decides to get the nickname: Hipómenes is part of the past, now he’s going to run with his own name. He’s the first in the history of Trismo Highway. At the same time, and this is the bittersweet part, it will be the last title you get in your life.

It Valvo and its participation in the history of Argentine motorsport

There are another anecdote that paints him full body. Lo Valvo was aware of the importance of remaining in history and wanted to do it at all costs. That’s why, in 1946, when racing for World War II is interrupted, no wanted to stand idly by and invented a challenge: together with Ángel Pascuali set out to beat the record 100 hours of uninterrupted driving of a car. They prepared (minimally) a MG and, alternately (when one handles

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