The 8C 2500 is a Tipo 26 M “Biposto”. The first 2.5 liter Tipo 26 190 hp compressor from 1930 had a narrow “Monoposto” fuselage (Tipo 26 M). But we still needed to bring a second driver mechanic sometimes in the long races and we created a lot of 26 M "Biposto" !!! hence the name 8C 2500. A total of 14 specimens of Tipo 26 M from 1930 to 1932.
Whitney Straight, an American pilot (of cars and planes) (thus white cars) had set up a racing team in the 30s with 2 Maseratis (the # 2514 of 1931 exhibited here + the 8CM # 3011) and an MG Magnette .
# 2514 had some peculiarities (central crankshaft support on double ball bearings and special Bugatti-inspired brakes). This car has a great track record in the hands of Whitney Straight: it is listed there as a 26 M and has enjoyed victory at Brooklands, Donington Park and East London. (credit: Alido Fongionne)