Gregory during the 1962 Silverstone International Trophy Race.
Photo: Ferret Fotographics
Tazio Nuvolari always used to say that if your car burst into flame, jump out and save yourself before it crashes. A similar philosophy to that of the bespectacled Masten Gregory, who often shocked fellow competitors and spectators alike by standing up and leaping from his troubled cars, once or twice when he was doing more than 100 mph, according to Stirling Moss! This technique still did not save him from seven major accidents during his 20-year career.
But for all that, Gregory still won the 1957 1000 km Cuidad De Buenos Aires in a factory Ferrari 290MM shared with Luigi Musso and Eugenio Castellotti, the ADAC Nürburgring 1000 km with Lucky Casner in an agile little Maserati Birdcage plus the 1962 non-championship Formula One races at Karlskoga, Sweden, and Mosport Park, Canada, for Lotus. But his biggest win was in the 1965 24 Hours of Le Mans with Jochen Rindt in a NART-entered Ferrari 250LM.
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