Monday, 28 March 2016

Maserati V8RI

On 3 June 2015 I showed a photograph of a Maserati V8RI that was in the Donington Park museum in May 1989. Only 4 of these cars were built, and the Donington Park car is serial number 4504. Here's a photograph of one of the other cars which I took six years later.
I took this photograph at the Richard Seaman Memorial Trophies meeting at Oulton Park in June 1993, and this one is chassis 4503, owned at the time by Doug Marr and driven on the day by Tony Merrick. This car was originally delivered to Phillipe Etancelin in February 1936 who drove the car to win the Pau Grand Prix in its first race and competed with it in most of the European Grands Prix that year. At the end of 1936 Etancelin took the car to the USA to compete in the Vanderbilt Cup where he finished in eighth place, but soon afterwards sold the car which remained in the USA until it was eventually brought to England and ended up in the hands of Doug Marr in the late 1970s.

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