Maserati on track with women – Maria Teresa de Filippis

Celebrating International Women’s day, Maserati retold the story of Maria Teresa de Filippis, the first woman to qualify for a Formula 1 Grand Prix. Not surprisingly she was driving a Maserati 250F.

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Maria was born in Naples in 1926 and participated in her first real race in 1948. She won the 10 km Salerno-Cava de ‘Tirreni, 500cc class of the touring car category, decisively beating her male colleagues.

1955 she moved to a Maserati 2000 A6GCS. She said of the vehicle “… a powerful car with which I felt I could do anything… and I did”, adding, “Poor car! So many spectacular accidents, but also so many victories!”.

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In 1958 behind the wheel of a private Maserati 250F, Maria made her debut in the GP of Syracuse and then competed in her first Formula World Championship Grand Prix in Belgium.

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David’s boyhood passion for motor cars did not immediately lead to a professional role in the motor industry. A qualified Civil Engineer he specialised in traffic engineering and transport planning. What followed were various positions including being seconded to a government think-tank for the planning of transport firstly in Sydney and then for the whole of NSW. After working with the NRMA and as a consultant he moved to being an independent writer and commentator on the broader areas of transport and the more specific areas of the cars we drive. His half hour motoring program “Overdrive” has been described as an “informed, humorous and irreverent look at motoring and transport from Australia and overseas”. It is heard on 22 stations across Australia. He does weekly interviews with several ABC radio stations and is also heard on commercial radio in Sydney. David has written for metropolitan and regional newspapers and has presented regular segments on metropolitan and regional television stations. David is also a contributor for AnyAuto