Maserati Boyle Special Honored at Indy

Johnny Rutherford, President of Maserati North America, Inc. Pete Grady, President of Historic Vehicle Association Mark Gessler and Chief Restoration Manager for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum Bill Spoerle attend the Maserati 8CTF "Boyle Edition" Commemoration Of Indianapolis 500 Two-Time Victory at Indianapolis Motorspeedway on May 25, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images for Maserati)
Johnny Rutherford, President of Maserati North America, Inc. Pete Grady, President of Historic Vehicle Association Mark Gessler and Chief Restoration Manager for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum Bill Spoerle attend the Maserati 8CTF “Boyle Edition” Commemoration Of Indianapolis 500 Two-Time Victory at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 25, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images for Maserati)

Reminiscent of its renowned win at the same track, the Maserati 8CTF “Boyle Special” (serial number 3032) relived its final victory lap around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway exactly 75 years later. On the brink of Maserati’s 100th anniversary, the 8CTF was honoured at the Indy 500 in commemoration of its declared win in 1939. Behind the wheel of the vintage automobile was Johnny Rutherford, three-time Indy 500 winner, much like the celebrated Wilbur Shaw that historically claimed his two-time victory for Maserati in 1939 and 1940 respectively.

The legendary Maserati 8CTF was immortalised by the Historical Vehicle Association (HVA) as the first foreign manufactured automobile to be permanently archived into the United States Library of Congress, a new effort to authenticate historically significant automobiles. Recorded under the U.S. Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Heritage Documentation, the documentation will remain part of the HVA National Historic Vehicle Register and Historic American Engineering Record.

“As we are celebrating our first 100 years, Maserati is proudly charting its course for the next century,” stated Harald Wester, Chief Executive Officer of Maserati S.p.A. “We are deeply appreciative of this act that demonstrates the long significant bond between Maserati and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, furthering the link between our brand and the United States.”

The fateful 8CTF project was conceived by Ernesto Maserati at the beginning of 1938 with the strong support of the Italian industrialist Orsi family behind it. Characterised by its fixed head and 8-cylinder engine, the “Boyle Special” allowed for powerful, faster acceleration and remarkable reliability. The 8CTF was Maserati’s answer to the dominance of other European manufacturers on the race circuit of the 1930s era. The fact that only a few years later, a triumphant Maserati captured back-to-back victories in ‘The World’s Most Famous Race,’ remains at the heart of Maserati’s legend today.

“Witnessing the vintage Maserati 8CTF run with such rich automotive context of the Indianapolis 500 during its milestone anniversary is remarkable,” said Peter Grady, President and CEO of Maserati North America, Inc. At the century mark, Maserati is in the strongest position of its lifetime with two brand new sport-saloons, all-time high sales record and an exciting industrial plan.

[Source: Maserati]

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  1. I have a copy of that book in my collection. Unfortunately it is a former library book, but is in decent condition. Yes, Wilbur Shaw was an interesting man who had an interesting life.

  2. I read “Gentlemen Start Your Engines” 53 years ago when I was in the 5th grade.. I remember being disgusted with Wilbur Shaw for neglecting to drain the water from the block of the Maserati and cracking the block while hauling it in the back of a truck.