The Lawrence Auriana Car Collection was featured at the 2013 Lime Rock Historic Festival, held August 30th to September 2nd at Lime Rock Park. Among the Auriana automotive treasures on display at the road course in Connecticut were a selection of important Maserati, Alfa Romeo and Ferrari race and street cars.
The Lawrence Auriana Maseratis included an ex-factory 1928 Tipo 26B/M 8C Grand Prix car which is potentially the oldest running Maserati in the world. Also on display was the very first Maserati A6 GCS (the only one designated with MM in its build sheet) which debuted with a first in class at the Mille Miglia and with the exception of one DNF, never finished off of the podium in class or overall. Also, a Tipo 300 S with two wins by Juan Manuel Fangio and one by Stirling Moss took part in a family photo with the GranTurismo MC.
The largest and seemingly most popular attraction of the 2013 Lime Rock Historics weekend was the ex-Maserati Formula One Team Transporter which was in service from 1953 through 1957. It was responsible for carrying seven crew and two 250F race cars for Jean Behra and Fangio across Europe including to the Nurburgring and “the finest drive in Formula 1 history” sealing the Formula title for Fangio and Maserati. Restored in Modena under the careful eye of Adolfo Orsi, it is fully functional and as it was during its racing support service.
Lawrence Auriana commented, “The Italian tradition in racing demonstrates exceptional design, craftsmanship and ingenuity which resulted in a century of success. It is a pleasure to be able to give these treasures care, attention and to share them. The transporter was a very special project as it represents the human side of racing, where those who were behind the victories spent so much time.”
Lawrence Auriana Maserati Collection – Photo Gallery (click image for larger picture)