Spectacular Maserati 450S racer and legendary Maserati road racer Bill Krause coming to the Desert Concorso.
One of ten fire breathing monsters built by Maserati in the mid-1950s, this 450S is the last car built in 1957 as well as one of the most valuable due to its matching number engine and competition provenance. Owned by a local area snowbird and noted collector and vintage racer Tom Hollfelder, it is an iconic period racecar. It is altogether fitting that this historic sports racer S/N 4510 has been selected as the centerpiece of the Maserati 100th Anniversary display.

Billy Krause, a retired resident of Indian Wells, was a pioneering professional racer in the mid-1950s. His career included participating in 97 races, driving the Maserati Birdcage sixteen times and Maserati 450S eight times. He also competed successfully in Jaguars, Cobras, Mercedes and Corvettes at Riverside Raceway, Pomona & Laguna Seca.

Concluding his career in the mid-1960’s, Krause, above, then had a long and successful career with a Honda motorcycle dealership and Honda, Saab and Subaru dealerships. He will serve as Honorary Judge at the Concorso on March 30.

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