One man’s dream to do it differently…
Masters Historic Racing was created out of one man’s dream to do it differently. Ron Maydon, Founder and President of Masters, is the man behind this timeless motor-racing dream.
The once racing-mad 11 old who attempted to cycle from Aylesbury to Brands Hatch in the early dawn to see Jim Clark racing (only to be escorted back home by a policeman), Ron Maydon went on to realise his childhood racing dream by owning and racing his own historic cars.
Keen to share this passion with his family and friends, Ron soon realised that the facilities at events for drivers and how historic racing events were managed, simply didn’t create an enjoyable experience for the drivers to enjoy their hobby with their families and friends.
Ron thought that if historic cars and their drivers were going to continue racing and the fans were going to continue to enjoy these iconic cars racing on the world’s greatest circuits and not just be stuck in a museum, then something had to change.
So, in 2004, Ron decided to change how historic motor racing was done…
The key ingredients, in Ron’s mind, needed to transform historic motorsport were;
- A respected and professionally run race series with integrity and honesty at its core;
- A community of racing drivers and enthusiasts who were passionate about historic racing;
- Drivers and owners who wanted to be the custodians of iconic cars and saw it as their responsibility to keep them alive by racing them on track for all to enjoy;
- A great camaraderie between all involved;
- Professional customer service for drivers, their families and preparers;
- And last but not least, a fun and relaxed environment for drivers, their families and guests to enjoy!
CREATING THE ‘GRAND PRIX MASTERS’…
WITH THESE VALUES IN MIND, RON SET OUT TO CREATE ‘GRAND PRIX MASTERS’, A SERIES FOR HISTORIC FORMULA ONE CARS OF THE 3-LITRE ERA. AT PAU IN MAY 2004, THE GREEN FLAG WAS WAVED, AND 14 HISTORIC FORMULA ONE CARS TOOK TO THE TRACK. MASTERS HISTORIC RACING WAS BORN!
20 Years On…
It’s been 20 years since that first race, and today, Masters Historic Racing has become one of the leading promoters of historic motor racing, offering its drivers the chance to race at the best historic racing events and most prestigious tracks around the world! Having held over 270 events in 17 different countries since 2004, with 750 members on average each year, we value our members and their support, and even now, we are still listening and learning to try and improve things!
And for 2024, Masters enters a new chapter after announcing a merger with GP Extreme! After two decades at the helm, Ron Maydon has secured a promising future for Masters, passing the torch to GP Extreme headed by Fred Fatien, an avid racer and long-time Masters supporter. If you missed the announcement, you can find more details here.
“The Masters Team is here to look after you and ensure every race is the best experience you can have.”
We do what we say…
Masters Historic Racing has earned the respect of its growing member community, now covering over 60 years of motor racing history in six different race series.
From Historic Formula One and Historic Sports Cars to 60s Touring cars and GT cars, through to the more modern Masters Endurance Legends and Masters GT Trophy cars, Masters caters for a wide range of different cars through its six-race series.
The Masters Team is here to look after you and ensure every race is the best experience you can have. We understand what the drivers want and want to ensure that they get it – at Masters, we do what we say. We know that racing is full of good days and the not-so-good, so if it goes well on race day, we’ll be celebrating with you. And if it doesn’t go so well, you can count on us for a shoulder to cry on and a cold beer on tap.
Want to race with us?
If racing was your childhood dream and you want to make your reality, if racing competitively whilst keeping it fun and safe is important, if you want to feel inspired and inspire others to take part in and enjoy our fantastic sport, if sharing your hobby with friends and family as an experience is important to you… you’re already one of the Masters family. Come and join the camaraderie and buzzing community of racing enthusiasts at Masters!