In the same year that Maserati celebrates its centenary, one of its most – if not the most – famous racing cars also celebrates a milestone. To mark the 60th anniversary of the 250F, an incredible 16 of the 29 built will gather at Revival. The sights and sounds of them on their demonstration laps, as well as competing in the Richmond Trophy, will be unmissable. Here’s a quick guide of some to look out for…
The number 12 car driven by Stephan Rettenmaier is no stranger to Goodwood. It made its debut here in the 1954 Woodcote Cup with Roy Salvadori at the wheel, and is still wearing the very same original bodywork it was built with.
It won’t be the oldest 250F at Revival, though. The very first car, which was originally tested in 1953, will be driven by Guillermo Fierro. It has been racing since 2004 following a restoration that was complete in time for 50th anniversary celebrations. It’s car number 11 this weekend.
Wolf-Dieter Baumann will be driving the 1956 works team car (number 56), which achieved fourth in the world championship. After passing through a few owners it was bought by Andre Testut in 1958 and competed in the Grand Prix of Monaco – hence the Monaco livery of white with a red stripe, which it still wears today. It also found fame in the 1959 Romy Schneider film Ein Engel auf Erden.
Number one is given to the 1957 car in which Juan Manuel Fangio recorded his final (and most famous) victory. It was the Nurburgring GP in 1957, and Fangio knew he couldn’t finish the race without stopping. Running with a light fuel load, he built up a 40-second lead, repeatedly setting new lap records in the process. When he stopped, the Ferraris of Hawthorn and Collins went by uninterrupted. A delay during Fangio’s stop put him almost a minute behind. Battling through the field, he beat his own lap record by a huge seven seconds, passing both Ferraris on the last lap to win. At Revival, that very car will be driven by Lukas Huni.
Klaus Werner will drive a 1957 V12 engined 250F (number 19), which is one of only three built – and the only survivor – with an offset engine to allow for a lower seating position. Needless to say, it’s a very rare sight.
The number 10 car, which will be driven by Matteo Panini at Revival, was built in 1958 for a specific event. The Race of Two Worlds, staged on the oval at Monza and nicknamed ‘Monzanapolis’, pitted the best European drivers against the stars of Indy, and Stirling Moss drove the car to 10th place. It has a Maserati 450S type V8 which was reduced to 4.2 litres to suit the US regulations. Look out for the distinctive Eldorado Special livery.