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Peter Giddings Racing

1933 Maserati 8CM chassis number 3011

"The Whitney Straight Special"


This is but a chapter in the story of one of the most famous racing cars of all time. There are many books about racing and racing cars, but Maserati #3011 is one of a very few cars that have a book devoted exclusively to the exploits of a single car. Maserati #3011 has raced almost continuously since its debut in early 1934 by Whitney Straight. It's history continued with Prince Bira and many other notable drivers. The noted automotive author, Denis Jenkinson, published its story in the book: "Maserati 3011, The Story of a Racing Car," published in 1987 by Aries Press of London. Peter Giddings was the fortunate caretaker of Maserati #3011 from 1988 through 2008. There is much more to be added to this story.

Maserati 3011 is now being raced in England and was featured in Classic & Sports Car in September 2016.

#3011 Book Cover

The cover of the book by Denis Jenkinson.

#3011 in Thailand

Judy and #3011 at the Bira Historic Grand Prix, Pattaya, Thailand, 1998.

#3011  in the rain

Rain seems to pursue Peter -- good thing he likes racing in the wet! Photo by Dom Miliano.

Racing at PIR

Whoa! Peter does his best to slip by the later opposition. Portland. Bob Dunsmore photo.


When did a Maserati 8CM (#3011) last show a Ferrari GTO the way home? Portland, Bob Dunsmore photo.

Pushing at PIR

Peter pushing Maserati #3011 for all it is worth! Bob Dunsmore photo.

At Mt Tremblant

Mont Tremblant, where #3011 has done particularly well. A proud Mike Sims
is in the driver's seat, along with Peter and John Blum.


The incredible gear train of the #3011 engine. Photo by Mike Sims.

Reno Races

Peter and Maserati 3011 amongst the haybales and barriers. Reno June 1995. Photo by Mike Sims.

Monterey 1988

Peter in Maserati 3011 in Turn 11 at Monterey Historics. August 1988. Photo by Mike Sims.


3011 Art

Maserati 3011 in action. Great artwork by Phil May.

Monterey 1993

Photo from Simon Moore who goes on to say: "At this point, only two people were going fast enough to need opposite lock
coming down to "Old Turn 9" -- you and Orosco's Scarab." Monterey Historics 1993.

Dunedin 1992

From New Zealand Car magazine, April 1992.