La Signorina F1


Cesare de Agostini is one of Italy’s leading grand prix historians and in this hard cover book he tells the story of Maria-Teresa de Filippis.

It is written in Italian and English and tells the story of this daughter of an Italian aristocrat Count Serino Franz de Filippis from Naples who was a bit of a tom boy and started racing with her Fiat 500. This was partly as a challenge to her brothers but she quickly proved to be very determined to win. She followed the 500 with a typical Italian sports racing car, a Camen-Fiat and then switched to a Giaur Urania built by Berardo Taraschi and became well known and befriended by Tazio Nuvolari.

One of her boyfriends was the grandson of King Victor Emmanuel III of Italy and they would haul her car on a trailer to race meetings.

She then moved up a step and bought an MT4 OSCA and then a Maserati A6GCS and was helped along the way by young Luigi Musso who was a factory driver for Maserati.

She moved into Formula 1 in 1958 with a Maserati 250F and when Maserati closed the competition department she was offered the Behra-Porsche, a grand prix car designed by Valerio Colotti for the Monaco Grand Prix. When she retired from racing she married Theo Huschek and with the formation of the original Grand Prix Drivers Club she eventually became President of the Club.

This is a fascinating book with copies of purchase orders for her cars, letters from organisers and a host of photographs from her archives.

Price including Postage UK and Europe £58
Price including Postage USA and World £63

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Price including Postage UK and Europe £58, Price including Postage USA and World £63