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New Manual celebrates 60th anniversary of iconic Maserati 250F

Maserati 250F Manual
02 January 2014
Ian Wagstaff
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Published to coincide with the 60th anniversary of its debut-season Formula 1 World Championship success, the new Haynes Maserati 250F Manual gets under the skin of one of the most iconic cars of all time, the Maserati 250F.

The 250F was the alpha and omega of the 2.5-litre years, it won the first Formula 1 World Championship race in which it competed, the Argentine Grand Prix, in 1954, in the hands of Fangio, and was there on the grid for the final race of the 2.5-litre era, before the 1.5-litre rules came into force in 1958.

Offering a selection of unique perspectives from drivers, managers and mechanics, the Maserati 250F Manual provides expert insights into what it takes to restore, maintain and race an example of this extraordinary car.

The Maserati 250F launched the career of racing legend Sir Stirling Moss. He says:

“Anyone you speak to who’s driven a Maserati 250F will probably say it was the nicest car they’ve ever driven

“The important thing to remember is that it was the nicest-handling Formula One car of its time. You could get a pretty good lap time without being that skilful

“It worried me, because I thought; ‘Now I’ve suddenly got a car which is good enough to win’.

Haynes’ Maserati 250F Manual provides a wealth of information about the car’s design, evolution and period race history, and features fascinating insight from highly respected engineer and mechanic, Tony Robinson, and Stirling’s manager, Ken Gregory.

Using the well-known Haynes Manual format, the reader is taken behind the scenes to look at the requirements of maintaining, repairing and setting up a 250F, both in its 1950s heyday, and more recently in historic racing.

About the author

Ian Wagstaff is a freelance journalist specialising in motorsport and the automotive components industry. He has written for numerous magazines in both Europe and the USA, including Racecar Engineering, Autosport and Motor Sport. In 2006 and 2012, he was awarded the Mercedes-Benz Montagu of Beaulieu Trophy for his books The British at Le Mans and Tony Robinson, the biography of a racing mechanic. He is the author of Haynes's Lotus 72 Manual and McLaren M23 Manual. He lives in Oxfordshire.

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