Max de Terra raced in minor events and hill-climbs. He made up the numbers at a handful of major races in his native country and drove at a sedate pace throughout.
Max de Terra was born in Zurich, and was a gentleman racer who competed in the late forties and early fifties. In 1948 he drove a BMW in the Preis vom Bremgarten but was not placed and the following year he aquired a Cisitalia D46 which he raced mainly in minor races and hill climbs. He finished 3rd in the 1100cc class at the 1949 Preis der Ostschweiz. He then entered the Prix de Berne finishing 10th and last in 1950. In 1951 he drove a Veritas Meteor at the 1951 Eifelrennen but retired.
In 1952 he arranged to drive Alfred Dattner's Simca-Gordini in the 1952 Swiss GP but retired on the first lap. He continued with the Simca and won his class and set the third fastest time overall at Alistätten-Stoss hillclimb in June. He was also came second in class in the International Maloja event.
He took his Cisitalia to fourth in the 1100cc class at Vue des Alpes in July 1953 and took third in class at Ollon-Villars in the August. A week later he entered the Swiss Grand Prix again, this time at the wheel of an old Ferrari 166 entered by Rudi Fischer's Espadon team, he circulated gently to finish eighth, some 14 laps behind Alberto Ascari.
He appeared again in his Cisitalia in 1954 finishing fourth in class at the Rheineck-Walzenhausen. He died in Zurich in 1982