Roberto “Bitito” Mieres (Biography)

Roberto Casimiro Mieres (Mar del Plata, Argentina, December 3, 1924-Uruguay, January 27, 2012) was an Argentine racing driver and sailor. He competed 17 Grand Prix in Formula 1 from 1953 until 1955, obtaining three fourth places and two fifths that gave him 13 championship points.

Far from the North Zone of Buenos Aires, the story highlights him as the inspirer of the name “La Biela” of our traditional and well-known bar in Recoleta, for having melt a connecting rod in a car racing just in the corner where we are, Quintana and Junín, where the young “tuercas” met at the time.

The car’s engine roared ugly when it reached the end of Quintana Avenue: it opened the hood, entered the bar and with the iron in its hand it shouted: “Did you see Galicians, this is a connecting rod?” Without realizing, “The Marquis ”He had renamed La Veredita, that emblematic corner that has been called “La Biela” for almost 70 years.

The Marplatense, who died at 87, knew how to run in the top category of world motor racing and was also an Olympic in yachting. He was one of the most outstanding national pilots that were observed in different categories. He barely ran five years and competed in the former National Argentine Mechanics and came to intervene in 17 International Formula 1 competitions for several seasons. In addition, he was a worthy Argentine representative in Europe sharing unforgettable days with his countrymen Juan Manuel Fangio and José Froilán González.

Among so many efforts to be who we are today, he may have been one of those who gave an initial kick. Thanks Bitito!

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