The trouble comes from his relations with ladies and with children those relations produced: a judge in his native Argentina has ordered the exhumation of Fangio's body in order to perform a DNA paternity test.
Espinosa's documents carry the Fangio name but how this came about is curious.
Espinosa was racing Formula 3 in Europe and his team was demanding the Fangio name for sponsorship reasons. Juan Manuel called in a favor from a colonel who was in charge of the local civil registry who changed Oscar's papers and added the famous name.
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But the champion never officially recognized Espinosa nor a younger son, Ruben Vasquez born four years after Espinoza to another married woman Fangio had an affair with.
The relationship between the champion and his son soured a couple of years before Fangio's death in 1995. Espinoza had asked him why he would not officially recognize him to which the old man replied, according to Espinoza's attorney, "You have to show me you deserve it"
The two men never spoke again.
Why would Espinoza embark on this quest so late in life? he told Clarin he's doing it in part as a tribute to one to his daughters who always told him he should not renounce his true identity.
Complicating this matter are the interests of the Foundation Fangio to which the master had donated all his artifacts and which has blocked the younger son's paternity quest n 2005.
Espinoza was able to present a strong enough case to convince the judge who ordered the exhumation to take place on August 7th and presumably will finally put this whole matter to rest.