Maserati MC Stradale hits the Pyrenees
The GranTurismo MC Stradale is the ultimate road/race Maserati. Time to find the ultimate road to race it on
Posted: 29 Mar 2011
Yesterday, I neglected the Alps because tomorrow I want more time in the Pyrenees. We sleep in Perpignan, but long before the night's over, we're aiming southwest and climbing. We soon come up behind a 1980-ish Alfa GTV at the end of the dual-carriageway section. This is clearly not a cosseted classic. It's being driven pretty vividly by someone who clearly knows the road - never wasting an overtaking opportunity, braking seldom enough that when those red lights come on, you know there's a proper corner ahead, then sailing through on a nice, clean arc. He's got half my cylinders, half my tyres.
I ought to be able to muscle past, but local knowledge counts where I'd be fumbling in the dark. Besides, he's a pleasure to watch, and he turns off just as we get to the steep, twisting uphills where I can make use of the beginnings of daylight and the Maserati's power and the trust I've gained in its steering and traction. Things are turning out better than we could have hoped.