MAY 08th 2014

Gallery: Maserati Centenary Trophy at Donington Historics

Alfieri Maserati found his company in 1914 and started racing in 1926. A year later they won the Italian constructorstitle with his brother Ernesto taking the driverstitle. Success since then has included many notable victories in Grand Prix and Sports Cars; two Indy 500 wins, and with Fangio at the wheel of a 250F the Formula 1 World Drivers Championship. With evocative designs and the innovative Birdcageseries the name Maserati is well established in the pantheon of motor racing greats. The staging of two Maserati-only races over the weekend at Donington was a unique opportunity to see the famous marque in action.

the drivers of these cars werent going to spare the horses, but similarly werent going to take an aggressive elbows out’ BTCC approach either…

Many of the cars featured in the event have an interesting history not just of their racing exploits, but of how theyve survived. An example being the 1935 Maserati 4CS piloted by Adam Painter. Its history is too long to give all the details here, but in brief it has returned from the Far East having been variously, taken apart, hidden, stored in parts, re-assembled, and is now back in racing trim.

Rocking-out racers

As well as famous cars, famous stars also took part, most prominent being ace musician Mark Knopfler.

Understandably the drivers of these cars werent going to spare the horses, but similarly werent going to take an aggressive elbows outBTCC approach either. Although the excursion through the gravel at the esses by Joaquin Folch probably caused a few palpitations given the value of these cars.

In Sundays race the Cooper Maserati Monaco T61 (with Mk1 Cortina rear lights!) of Michael OShea (the racing co-ordinator for the Maserati Club UK) took the first prize with the T61s of Alan Minshaw and Chris Wilson in second and third. Mondays second race had a depleted finishers as the gremlins struck. Alan Minshaw gained first place with Stephen Bonds 250S second and Steve Harts 300S third.

Link: Full coverage of Donington Historics here on Goodwood Road & Racing

Pictures: Chris McEvoy

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