For two decades, chassis 3011 lived and raced – in sinister black paintwork – in America, under the custodianship of Peter Giddins. Fortunately for British historic racing enthusiasts, the car came back to the UK in 2008, when Chris Jaques, of croquet fame and, interestingly, related to the Chakrabongse family, acquired it.
Now resplendent in one of Bira’s racing blue tones, the car is campaigned, on Jaques’ behalf, by experienced pedaller Rob Newall, who, unsurprisingly, eulogises at will about its poise, power and prowess.
“It’s wonderful, to look at – and drive!” the Dorset farmer says. “It’s a huge privilege to be allowed to use it, and at a place like Donington, with all that history, too…”
Pre-war Maserati boffins keen on detail will notice that it has a different radiator grille from other 8CMs.