The Maserati 250F is one of the classic grand prix cars of all time and won F1 World Championships in 1954 and 1957, both in the hands of Juan Manuel Fangio. Stirling Moss, who won the 1956 Monaco Grand Prix in a 250F, described the car as the nicest front-engined F1 car he drove during his career. Here, in this new Haynes Manual, is a unique perspective on what it takes to restore, maintain and race a Maserati 250F, as well as an insight into the design, engineering, development and period race history of this iconic racing car. CONTENTS Published to coincide with the 60th anniversary of the 250F s debut and first World Championship success Fangio s victory in the Argentine Grand Prix (his home race) on 17 January 1954. The Maserati 250F story design, evolution and racing history. Anatomy chassis, cockpit, engines (six-cylinder and V12), transmission, suspension and steering, brakes, wheels and tyres, electrics and aerodynamics. Owning and restoring buying, provenance, paperwork, values and insurance, obtaining spare parts, restored 250F profiles. Driver s view racing in period, with input from Sir Stirling Moss; racing today with views from drivers of cars running in historic championships. Engineer s view factory mechanics memories, maintenance and repairs, setting up a 250F, rebuilding and maintenance of a six-cylinder engine, brief technical appraisal of rival F1 cars. Appendices including technical specifications and race results.
Ian Wagstaff is a freelance journalist specialising in motorsport and the automotive components industry. A member of the Guild of Motoring Writers and a former press officer at Silverstone circuit, he writes for a number of magazines in both Europe and the USA such as Racecar Engineering, Autosport, Motor Sport, Diesel Car, Classic Cars for Sale, Car & Accessory Trader and Import Automotive Parts & Accessories. He also acts as PR consultant to Zytek Motorsport. In 2006 he was awarded the Mercedes Benz Montagu of Beaulieu Trophy for his book 'The British at Le Mans'. He was also given the Guild's Pierre Dreyfus Award in 1986 for work with the Economist Intelligence Unit.
A follow-up to his Le Mans book, entitled 'The British at Indianapolis', was published in October 2010 and, like 'The British at Le Mans', has been Octane magazine's 'Book of the Month'. The day before the 2011 Indianapolis 500, the American Auto Racing Writers and Broadcasters Association gave this its 'Book of the Year' award.
In 2011, his 'Audi R8' was published by Veloce. His latest books are a a biography of former Stirling Moss/BRP/Cooper mechanic Tony Robinson, another 'Octane 'Book of the Month', and a Haynes 'manual' on the Lotus 72. He is now working on a further 'manual' on the McLaren M23.
In 2012 he was awarded the Montagu Trophy for the second time for the Tony Robinson biography.