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2015-07-11 22:39

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JUAN MANUEL FANGIO: One of Formula 1's greatest names died in 1995 but now a man claiming to be his son wants the body exhumed for DNA tests.

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina - An Argentine judge has ordered that Formula 1 great Juan Manuel Fangio's body be exhumed in a paternity case, according to media reports on Saturday (July 11 2015)..

Oscar "Cacho" Espinosa, also a former racing driver, says he is the son of five-times champion Fangio, buried in his home town of Balcarce in Buenos Aires province.

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The exhumation for DNA tests on Fangio was ordered by judge Rodrigo Castaldo, a report on the Balcarce newspaper La Vanguardia's website

Fangio, one of Argentina's greatest sportsmen, died aged 84 in July 1995. He never married and was thought to have been childless.

Espinosa, now 77, said in an interview with the Buenos Aires Sports daily Ole in 2000 that Fangio had given him racing tips.

He asked in 2013 for paternity tests.

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