A busy pair of weekends has seen historic automobile specialists Fiskens take in both the Goodwood Revival and Spa 6 Hours. The former saw Gregor Fisken sample two of the greatest Maserati competition cars ever built, both of which left the marque’s Modena factory during its 1950s heyday.
Contesting the Richmond & Gordon Trophy, Fisken felt honoured to take to the wheel of the ex-works Maserati 250F once piloted by grand prix star Jean Behra, with a successful finish ahead of some younger rear engined racers. For the Sussex Trophy event he was entrusted with a rare long-nose Maserati 300S in which he enjoyed a thrilling duel with professional sportscar ace and former Le Mans 24 Hours team-mate Sam Hancock in a Jaguar D-Type.
Gregor also paired with Fiskens’ Rory Henderson for the Shelby Cup, a one-make contest celebrating the iconic AC Cobra’s 50th anniversary. From 10th on the grid Gregor produced a stellar start in the ex- 1963 Sebring Cobra to charge into fourth during the opening tour. Continuing the good work, Rory would unfortunately be forced to retire the car due to an electrical issue 10 minutes into his stint.
Meanwhile James Mitchell looked on as his seven-year-old nephew Hamish did battle in the Settrington Cup – which sees budding racers compete aboard classic Austin J40 pedal cars. However the Fiskens-entered youngster faced a grid bursting with talent, including five-year-old hotshoe Olivia Stone, daughter of Will Stone, who was peddling a Henderson-entered J40!
Seven days later Fiskens travelled to Belgium’s world famous Spa-Francorchamps circuit where Gregor paired with returning sportscar racer Peter Hardman aboard a 1967 McLaren M1C. The duo climbed the order during the one-hour contest, setting the scene for a wonderful duel with the sister M1C of Kiwi pairing Roger Wills and Brendon Hartley. Hardman proved particularly impressive as he matched the pace of 22-year-old Hartley, who currently acts as a test driver for the Mercedes Formula 1 squad. To see a video from on board the McLaren, scroll the the bottom of this page and click on the link.
After an engaging contest it was the Wills-Hartley machine that took a deserved win from Fisken and Hardman, only for a post-race penalty to drop the Kiwis down the order and hand victory to the British pairing. In the spirit of the old mantra 'win on a Sunday, sell it on a Monday' all parties interested in the McLaren M1C should give us a call here in the office!
"We've enjoyed two fantastic weekends that shared Fiskens’ passion for classic racing cars," commented Gregor. "The Revival is always a joy and, as ever, Lord March and his team delivered a stunning event. It was a privilege to be entrusted with cars as special as the 250F, 300S and Cobra. As the great Roy Salvadori, a gentleman synonymous with the Maserati 250F, once said “give me Goodwood on a summer's day and you can forget the rest of the world.”
"It was also wonderful to compete at Spa, particularly alongside Peter. Attending events like these is vital to Fiskens’ work, though we can't deny that it's also a great deal of fun!"