Floyd drummer to race at Castle Coombe
9:18am Monday 7th October 2013 in News
Corsham resident and Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason will drive at this Sunday's 'Carole Nash Insurance and Bristol Forklifts Autumn Classic' at his local Castle Combe circuit.
Mason, a prolific classic racing car collector, will drive his Maserati 250F, a car in which the legendary five times world champion, Juan Manuel Fangio, claimed title success in 1957.
Mason acquired the car almost by accident. He said: "I was buying another car from an American, an ERA R10B, and he wanted to sell the two cars as a package. I could see why: the 250F was a 'basket case', and a good way to get rid of something like that is to sell a complete car along with a project," he said.
The car has subsequently been restored to its former glory, having been acquired with a Chevrolet engine. As one of the last cars to leave the factory, it was built as a so called "Lightweight" model, but in the intervening years, various people had tried to fit parts from earlier models.
In 2009, the 250F was voted the "greatest racing car ever" by readers of Octane magazine, so the lunch time demonstration laps which Mason will perform on Sunday provide a unique opportunity for spectators at Castle Combe.
The day's events, which all have a classic theme, get under way with qualifying at 08-30am and includes races for 'Big Healeys', Pre War sports cars from the 'Vintage Sports Car Club', Formula Junior single seaters, Jaguars and sports cars from the 1950's.
Admission prices for the day are £15 for Adults, £10.00 for OAPs, 'Paddock Transfer' is free, with accompanied children under 17 admitted free.
For further information, visit the Castle Combe Circuit online at www.castlecombecircuit.co.uk