Antonio Creus

28/10/1924 - 19/2/1996

Record updated 28-Oct-06

Antonio Creus was a Spanish racing motorcyclist and sports car driver who entered the 1960 Argentine Grand Prix in an Maserati 250F but didn't last the distance.

Antonio Creus
Born in Madrid, Spain, Don Antonio Creus Rubín de Celis, was a Spanish driver who was an international motorcyle racer. On four wheel he was best know for his sports car exploits driving three different Pegaso's between 1954 and 1955. He then switched to Ferrari, racing a 750 Monza and a Testarossa.

He purchased a 250 F Maserati in 1958. This was a factory special built exclusively for the 1956 race at Monza. It had the angled engine, lowered seating position, revised bodywork and fuel tank. It was only raced by the factory twice and then retained by the works team until 1958 when it was re-numbered as 2530 and sold to Creus. He raced it that year in the non-championship Siracusa Grand Prix where, after leading early on, he unfortunately crashed out near the end while running in 4th place.

He then entered it into the 1960 Argentine Grand Prix but didn't last the distance. Having qualified in 22nd place on the grid, he retired on lap 16 suffering from asphyxia caused by exhaust gases and high heat that built up in the cockpit during the race. He raced the Maserati a few more times in non-championship races in Argentina, including a 6th in Cordova, before retiring from F1 as he considered it too dangerous and had a family to think about.

After racing he stayed involved, doing race preparation and competing in hill climbs and rallies.