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Maserati 250F - The Autobiography of 2528, by Ian Wagstaff

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This is the fifth book in the Great Cars Series.

The Autobiography of 2528. This fabulous ex-Fangio 250F has been owned by the Corner family for many years.

This stunning book was commissioned by Neil, Freda and Nigel Corner, 2528 is their ex-Fangio, ex-Behra car.

Maserati 250F - The Autobiography of 2528, by Ian Wagstaff

Shortlisted for the

RAC Book of the Year 2016

de Luxe (signed) Edition

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£60

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This is the story of a uniquely special example of the Maserati 250F, the breed of car that epitomises the 2½-litre front-engined Formula 1 era of 1954–60 and took part in the first and last races of that classic period. The finest flowering of the 250F came in 1957 with the lightweight version in which Juan Manuel Fangio won the last of his five World Championship titles. Three lightweights were built and the one featured in this book, chassis 2528, was driven to victory by Fangio in the Monaco Grand Prix and by Jean Behra in three non-championship Grands Prix at Pau, Modena and Casablanca. The fascinating story of 2528, from its construction to the present day, is accompanied by 400 photographs, many of them never previously published. This fabulous book presents the life of a truly Great Car – the most original and widely raced of all Maserati 250Fs.

Key content

• First victory: Behra won the gruelling Pau GP by two laps.

• Finest hour: Fangio’s famous success in the Monaco GP, leading most of the way after skilfully avoiding the chicane mayhem that eliminated Moss, Hawthorn and Collins.

• Near miss: Behra outshone Fangio to lead half of the British GP until 2528’s clutch gave up.

• Home win: on Maserati’s doorstep, Behra dominated the two-heat Modena Grand Prix.

• Swansong: another win for Behra in Morocco, a race that turned out to be Maserati’s last with a works Formula 1 team.

• Privateer owners: more races with Francesco Godia Sales and Ettore Chimeri in 1958 and 1960.

• Rejuvenation: in the ownership of Charles Lucas, 1964–71, 2528 was active in the early days of historic racing in Britain for cars of its era, winning many times.

The author

Ian Wagstaff is a seasoned journalist and author with a passion for the racing cars of his youth, topped by the Maserati 250F. He has twice won the Guild of Motoring Writers’ prestigious book award, the Montagu of Beaulieu Trophy. He has written a previous book in the Great Cars series, Porsche 917, which was shortlisted for the RAC Motoring Book of the Year Award in 2015.

British Grand Prix at Aintree

Book Reviews & Interviews

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Testimonials

Dear Ian,

 

Thank you SO MUCH for the GORGEOUS book on the 250F which arrived yesterday.

 

I just had time for a quick glance through, but enough to be STUNNED by some of the photographs.

 

Will devour over the weekend.

 

DD

Dear Mrs Gibbs

 

You kindly sent me a complimentary copy of your beautiful Maserati 250F book.

 

It really is a work of art - the book as well as the car, and I am most proud to have been associated with it.

 

Thank you.

 

Charles Lucas

Dear Mark,

 

Well; I bought the Maserati 250F book and it is quite magnificent. By bringing 2528's story up to date, covering the latter day owners and their antics(!) you, as editor, author Ian Wagstaff, and the other contributors have generated a feast of written and visual delights for even those like me who have a stack of Jenks's and Cyril Posthumus's 'period originals' in their bookshelves.

 

Rest assured that I will be ordering the R4D book very soon!

 

Regards,

 

Philip

Dear Louise – thanks for sending me a copy of Ian Wagstaff’s new book on the 250F Maserati 2528 – a wonderful production which I will enjoy, and am pleased to have a few of my photos included.

 

kind regards,

 

Michael Turner

Dear Ian,

 

Thank you very much for the copy of Maserati 250F - the autobiography of 2528. Very interesting.

 

Your great research, provides reliable information. It is a great contribution, as usual, to preserve the history of race car history.

 

I am pleased to bring you my little grain of sand in your great work.

 

 

Best regards,

 

Joaquín Folch-R.

Just a few words with my scolar église to tell you that your books are astonishing. What a great idea, the autobiography of the iconic car...

 

Great job, in French we would say bravo...

 

François Bozonnet

'A fine book which justifies the expression, "Those were the days!"'

 

Tony Brooks

Hello, Porter Press, Just received by mail from my bookstore, Maserati 250 F. Fantastic!!!!!. Keep up the great work. Have a nice weekend, best regards, Laurens.

Purchase This Book

Standard (signed) Edition - In this fifth book of the Great Cars series.  Nearly 300 period photographs, many previously unpublished, supported by a portfolio of specially commissioned photography.

£60

 

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Maserati 250F - The Autobiography of 2528, by Ian Wagstaff

De Luxe (signed) Edition - A stunning limited edition, bound in leather with gilt edges, and cased in a grey cloth slip-case.  The leather-bound de Luxe edition is limited to just 100 copies and is signed by Neil Corner, Adolfo Orsi, Ian Wagstaff.

De Luxe (signed) Edition

£250

 

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The Autobiography of 2528

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The Autobiography of 2528. This fabulous ex-Fangio 250F has been owned by the Corner family for many years.

Maserati 250F - The Autobiography of 2528, by Ian Wagstaff

Standard Edition

de Luxe Edition

£60

£250

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