Casey Annis speaks with historic racer and founder of The Masters Series, Ron Maydon, about why he chose to start a new series, the future challenges to historic racing and the best and worst cars he’s ever driven.
How and when did you first become involved with cars?
Maydon: I was into Motocross during the ’70s but stopped that when children arrived It was actually 2001 that I brought my first race car – a 1968 Cooper F1 car. Before that, I had no real interest in racing.
What was your first car?
Maydon:A 1957 gold Humber!
When were you first bitten by the racing bug?
Maydon:The Cooper started it all for me….
What was your first racecar?
Maydon:The 1968 Cooper T68C
What prompted you to you start The Masters?
Maydon:I brought the Cooper F1 car, which I started racing. I was at Silverstone for a race and it was very wet and very cold. My wife and three young kids were with me and said, ‘If it’s like this every time, we will never join you again’. The next event was at Le Mans-Bugatti, and it was so hot. My wife said, ‘I can’t find a cool drink anywhere. Either you stop racing, or do something.’ Then I thought I can’t be the only one who thinks it’s too hot, too cold or too wet. The idea of Masters sprang from that! The funny thing is that five or six years later every series was doing hospitality, and drivers were going from one feast to another!