Rosso up­stages Bleu at Prescott

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Maserati 250F

Michael Oliver’s Maserati 250F made its Prescott de­but at La Vita Rosso, Ital­ian-themed com­pan­ion to the French-in­spired La Vie En Bleu. Although the body­work is a re­cre­ation, its en­gine is sig­nif­i­cant.

En­gine 2505 was built for the 1954 sea­son, and was used by Juan-manuel Fan­gio to win both the open­ing F1 race in Buenos Aires, Ar­gentina and the Bel­gian Grand Prix at Spa-fran­cor­champs. Al­berto As­cari drove it at Sil­ver­stone where it failed on the 30th lap.

Alfa Romeo Mon­treal

‘This week­end marks 50 years to the day that Mar­cello Gan­dini’s Alfa Romeo Ber­tone con­cepts were first shown to the public at the 1967 Mon­treal Expo,’ said owner Do­minic Hen­tall, whose Mon­treal made its first out­ing at La Vita Rosso af­ter a three-year restora­tion.

Ap­pro­pri­ately, it was at Prescott where Hen­tall saw his first Mon­treal too, in the Sev­en­ties. ‘The en­gine is of course based on the Tipo 33 V8 taken out to 2.6 litres,’ said Hen­tall, ‘but this one is race-tuned, with quad high-lift camshafts, dry sump, and the Spica me­chan­i­cal fuel in­jec­tion re­placed with four dou­ble­choke We­ber car­bur­re­tors.’

You can en­joy it too – it’s join­ing Sport­ing Bears’ char­ity-rides fleet. Visit sport­ing­bears.co.uk for info.

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