Reader Photos: Gary Mason's 1957 Race of Two Worlds


Thankfully, yesterday’s Monzanapolis track map forced my hand in sharing some of these amazing images from Gary Mason. In the mid-1950s, Gary was a teenager traveling through Italy with a pair of cameras on his hip—hitting every race he could (and rooting for Maserati whenever possible). What a tremendous opportunity to take in one of the great spectacles of mid-50s racing in Europe—the Race of Two Worlds.

Can you believe how empty these stands are? What a tragedy.

Can you believe how empty these stands are? What a tragedy.

What a rare chance to see Offenhauser-powered Kurtis and Kuzma sprint cars square off against Jags and Ferraris. Can you imagine seeing Indy cars and ALMS prototypes going head to head on a modern speedway? It’s almost comedic. But incredible. And beautiful.

Race of Two Worlds. Monza. 1957.

More of Gary Mason’s photos in the archives. Thanks again, Gary! There’s more to come.

DISCUSS (6 Comments)

  1. Lucas Webb

    Lucas Webb liked this on Facebook.

  2. Porschelist Legends

    Porschelist Legends liked this on Facebook.

  3. Ben Musu

    Ben Musu liked this on Facebook.

  4. Patrick Kukla

    Patrick Kukla liked this on Facebook.

  5. racersdrive

    1957 Race of Two Worlds at Monzanapolis – Pictures & article courtesy of The Chicane.

  6. Sandeep Banerjee

    Lucky man. I would loved to have been at the ‘Monzanapolis’ 500.

Leave A Comment

Don't be shy.

The Chicane is licensed under a Creative Commons (Attribution: 3.0) License. | The Chicane is a *January Studios Production. |