Maserati 250F image and car displayed at Historic MotorSport Show

March 05, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

1957 Maserati 250F image and car displayed at Historic MotorSport Show

As an avid photographer of Historic Motor Sport racing a visit to the Historic Motorsport International show was essential. I went on Saturday 25th February and was pleasantly surprised to find a busy show, but plenty of access to view the cars.  The other hall hosted the London Classic Car Show and I don't think I haver ever seen so many high value cars all together under one roof, immaculately turned out.  

The Historic Grand Prix Cars Association stand displayed a 1957 Maserati 250F in all it's glory.  Also, at the back of the stand a large photo board showed a selection of images from various racing events.  My image of the Maserati 250F racing at Goodwood Revival was displayed (bottom right) is one of my favourites showing the Maserati 250F at it's best; Racing!

 

Maserati 250F on the Historic Grand Prix Cars Association standMaserati 250F on the Historic Grand Prix Cars Association stand

1957 Maserati 250F on the Historic Grand Prix Cars Association stand at Excel, London.  Kindly loaned by Gerry Hann

Technical Information

1957 Maserati 250F Chassis No CM7:  Juan Manuel Fangio gave the Maserati 250F its first race at the 1954 Argentine Grand Prix where it won.  Ex-Ferrari man Gioacchino Colombo was responsible for the engine and tubular work by Valerio Colette. 8 GP victories were earned by the 250F before it stopped racing in 1960.

In 1957 Fangio drove to four more championship victories including the legendary final win at German Grand Prix at the Nurburgring (Aug. 4, 1957) where he overcame a 48 second deficit in 22 laps, passing the race leader, Mike Hawthorne, on the final lap to take the win.  In doing so he broke the lap record at the Nurburgring 10 times.

Only two original Maserati 250F Tipo 4 'Piccolo' cars were built as a smaller lighter version of the earlier version that took Fangio to his Drivers' World Championships.  Cameron Millar obtained the original 250F spares from the Maserati factory and was given permission to build a limited number of cars from these parts as long as they were built exactly to the original factory drawings.  Fangio purchased one of the Cameron Millar 250Fs which is now in the museum in Balcarce , Argentina.

CM7 is probably the finest of all the Cameron Millar cars and it is certainly the most successful.  Amongst the many original parts is the works 'stroker' crankshaft which gave this car the unusual engine size of 2660cc.  It has now been rebuilt to 2494cc spec.

Maserati 250F Car No 22 in the Richmond Trophy Race

The following two images show the 1957 Maserati 250F (22) in the Richmond Trophy race at 2014 Goodwood Revival. The race is for 2.5-litre front-engine GP cars of a type that raced between 1954 and 1960.

Allan Miles surges ahead of Jose Albuquerque at the start in the Maserati 250FAllan Miles surges ahead of Jose Albuquerque

Allan Miles surges ahead of Jose Albuquerque at the start in the Maserati 250F

Allan Miles enters Madgwick corner the Maserati 250FAllan Miles enters Madgwick corner the Maserati 250F

Allan Miles enters Madgwick corner the Maserati 250F

My thanks to Stella Jackson of the Historic Grand Prix Cars Association for showing my image on the stand.

For other pictures of Historic Motor Sport racing click here on my website.


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