Masten Gregory

Name: Masten Gregory

Nationality: United States of America

Date of birth: February 29, 1932 - Kansas City, Missouri

Date of death: November 8, 1985 - Porto Ecole, nr Rome, Italy

Born in Kansas City, Gregory was the heir to an insurance company fortune. He was fast but accident-prone but he began to make his mark on the international scene in 1957 when he shared a Ferrari with Cesare Perdisa, Eugenio Castellotti and Luigi Musso to win the World Sportscar Championship event in Buenos Aires. Later that year he made his first appearance in F1, driving a Scuderia Centro Sud Maserati. He finished third in Monaco and fourth at Pescara. His best result came in Portugal in 1959 at the wheel of a factory Cooper-Climax. In total he competed in 38 Grands Prix. In addition he was a regular competitor in international sportscar events, winning the Nurburgring 1000 event with Lucky Casner in a Maserati in 1961. Four years later he raced at Indianapolis for the first time. He started from the back of the grid but worked his way up to fifth place before being sidelined with an engine problem. A few weeks later he scored his most famous victory at the Le Mans 24 Hours, sharing a NART Ferrari with Jochen Rindt.

Gregory retired to Amsterdam, where he worked in the diamond trade.

He died while on holiday in Italy of a heart attack age the early age of 53.

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