The Maserati Club is honoured to showcase a car that was driven by a motoring icon at this year’s Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show. The pride of their stand is the 250F that was driven by Juan Manuel Fangio, the five-time World Champion, to victory in four races in 1957. His last race win was at the German Grand Prix at the Nürburgring when his Maserati suffered from a botched pit stop, leaving him almost a minute behind the Ferraris of Mike Hawthorn and Peter Collins.
Fangio overcame this deficit in 22 laps, a feat that is widely believed to be one of the greatest examples of driving in the history of the sport. The great man subsequently observed that “I have never driven that quickly before in my life and I don't think I will ever be able to do it again” and the images of the red Maserati breaking the Nürburgring lap record have entered automotive legend.
The 250F is appearing at the NEC courtesy of its current owner, the Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason and it will be joined on the Maserati display by a former Le Mans Tipo 151/3 Racer, a 250S Sports Racer – the car that will always be associated with Carroll Shelby a trio of single seater Cooper Maseratis, two Sports Racer Cooper Maseratis and a brace of road cars including an exquisite Mk.1 Quattroporte, the company's first-ever four-door saloon.
All of the racing cars on the stand are still used in competitions and visitors will be able to see just some of the trophies that they have won. Each of these Maseratis alone would demand a visit to the NEC but the opportunity to see the Fangio 250F in such company should simply not be missed.
Visit the Maserati Club stand in Hall 1