Maserati was the main attraction at two events that took place earlier this year, the fourteenth edition of the “Vernasca Silver Flag,” held in the hills near Piacenza, Italy, and the “Le Belle Macchine d’Italia” which took place on the race track in Pocono, in Pennsylvania.
The renowned Italian race and the spectacular reunion in the United States were dedicated this year to Maserati on the 70th anniversary of the first of Maserati’s two wins at the Indianapolis 500 and the 80th anniversary of the first world record set by Maserati.
The main character of the Vernasca Silver Flag was the 8CM, once owned by Tazio Nuvolari and now property of the Donington Museum in the United Kingdom. Among the other extraordinary Maserati vehicles featured, a special mention goes to two single-seaters 4CM and two 250F, the car that Juan Manuel Fangio drove to clinch the Formula One world championship for Maserati in 1957.
In Pocono, the focus of everybody’s attention was the 8-cylinder Maserati known as “Boyle Special”, which won the Indianapolis 500 in 1939 and 1940, courtesy of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum, together with the evolution of the 6-cylinder vehicle which, on September 28th 1929, established the flying 10 km land speed record, Maserati’s first world record.
Le Belle Macchine d’Italia and Vernasca Silver Flag Photos