WORDS: NATHAN CHADWICK | PHOTOS: GP EXTREME
Masters Historic Racing has announced a merger with GP Extreme, the UAE-based motorsports group that runs the Gulf Historic Dubai GP Revival.
Masters Historic Racing has been in operation since 2004, hosting events in the UK, Europe and North America. GP Extreme, meanwhile, began in 2015 and is headed by Frédéric Fatien. Masters Historic Racing founder Ron Maydon will step back from day-to-day running of the company, although the firm’s normal organisational team will carry on until the end of the 2024 racing season, which remains unchanged.
“At Masters, we have spent the past 20 years building our own style of Historic racing and a powerful brand name that is recognised internationally. I am so very proud of what our small, wonderful team at Masters has achieved, from our humble beginnings with one historic Formula 1 grid back in 2004, to being recognised worldwide wherever Historic racing takes place,” said founder Ron.
“However, I must recognise I will shortly be 73 years old. I have a wonderful wife who has supported me in every aspect of Masters, a fantastic home, five amazing children and, currently, 13 grandchildren. It’s time that I saw more of them, along with all the great motor-racing friends I have made around the world. It felt like the right time to find someone to take Masters onto its next phase.”
GP Extreme’s Frédéric Fatien added: “With a longstanding relationship between Ron – the visionary behind Masters Historic Racing –and I, having enjoyed racing together throughout Europe, North America, Asia and Central America, I’m thrilled to begin this exciting journey. Our dedication will be reflected in maintaining the current team, and our ambition to develop further exciting projects within the 2024 calendar to honour the Masters legacy and ethos.”