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Benoit Musy

Benoît Nicolas Musy was born  December 13,  1917 in Fribourg (Switzerland).  His father, Dr. Jean-Marie Musy, was a Swiss federal councilor and  President (1925-1930) of Switzerland.  After graduating from secondary schools in Bern, Benoît received his degree in agricultural engineering. His military duties led him to the appointment of Lieutenant and military pilot.  From 1938 to 1948, he worked in the agriculture business.

In 1947, he was the first military skydiver, and he obtained the number 2 licence.   As a civil and military pilot, he logged over 1,700 landings.   In 1944, during World War II Benoit had accompanied his father, Jean-Marie Musy to Germany, to participate in negotiations to liberate 1,200 prisoners from German concentration camps.

In 1950 he married Manuela Consuelo Heusch,  the daughter of Eduard Hugo Heusch, an industrialist from Barcelona Spain.  One child was born from the marriage of Benoît and Consuelo:  Edouard-Jean.

From 1947 to 1953 Musy  raced Moto Guzzi motorcycles on a professional basis.  He was given the title of Swiss Champion (250 cc and 500 cc) six times nationally and internationally.

It was always Benoît's wish to race on four wheels, as he felt that motorcycle racing was an excellent preparation to drive race cars in the future.  In 1954 he switched to racing cars by purchasing a Maserati  A6-GCS (two liters - sport) from the famous Maserati™ factory headed by Mr. Orsi.

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In 1955, after many first place finishes in international races with 150S and 200S Maseratis, he acquired a new Maserati 300S (3 litres) - Video available - click here!

Unfortunately, his life came to an end on the 7th of October 1956 at the steering wheel of a Maserati 200S in Montlhéry France.  The car's steering column broke while turning on a speed bank, and Benoît Musy could not control his car to avoid the accident.

In  1958 Benoît Musy's  wife, Consuelo Heusch Musy, sold the Maserati 300S (chassis No. 3057) to the Angola Racing team.   The car was raced for several seasons with some mechanical modification, and subsequently it was left unattended for almost three decades in a garage in Africa.  Fortunately, in the late 1980's a car enthusiast, Mr. Stein Johnsen, rescued the car  and in the UK, the 300S underwent a complete restoration process.   In 1994 after two years of painstaking craftsmanship the car emerged like new.  Since the new Milleneum, the Maserati 300S has been back on the race track competing in a series of races under the banner of  the  "Old-Timer Grand Prix," such as at Nürburgring 2001 and  throughout Europe (Video available - click here!).

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