His Greatest Hour - Maserati 250F

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Juan Manuel Fangio, Maserati 250F, 1957 German Grand Prix, Nurburgring Painting Art Print by Artist Stuart Booth

 

One of the classic races of all time, the 1957 German Grand Prix at the Nurburgring.  Juan Manuel Fangio in the lightweight Maserati 250F in pursuit of the Ferraris of Mike Hawthorn and Peter Collins.  Fangio planned to run with a lower fuel load and make a pit stop, whilst his rivals would run through non-stop.  However the pit-stop took much longer than expected and  Fangio had to drive flat out, braking the lap record for the 14 mile circuit time after time before catching and passing the two English drivers in the closing stages.  This was Fangio’s 24th and final Grand Prix victory and he said he had never driven so fast before and never wanted to drive so fast again.

 

The Maserati 250F was an all time classic and the very epitome of the 1950’s grand prix car.  Introduced in 1954 for the start of the 2½ litre formula, examples were still racing at the very end of the formula in 1960.

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