After a 25-year career in international banking based
in Amsterdam, San Francisco and New York, Willem Oosthoek is now residing in
Weddington, North Carolina with his wife, Laurie. Willem Oosthoek is a lifelong
Maserati aficionado. As historian of The Maserati Club in the US he has written
numerous articles for its magazine Il Tridente. His articles have also
been published in Vintage Motorsport, VintageRacecar Journal, Motor
Sport, Prancing Horse, Forza, Cavallino, Der Dreizack and Sports
Car International. Oosthoek’s article on Lucky Casner received the 2006
Carl Benz Award from the Society of Automotive Historians [SAH]. He also wrote
four books about competition Maseratis, three co-authored with French
enthusiast Michel Bollée. Oosthoek’s 2004 book Birdcage to
Supercage: The Rear-engined Tipo 63, 64 and 65 Maseratis., and the
2008, Maserati Tipo
60 and 61; The Magnificent Front-engined Birdcages, written with
Michel Bolleé, are the defining history of the Maserati Birdcage racing cars.
His book on Sports Car
Racing in the South, won the Society of Automotive Historians'
Cugnot Award in 2012.
Willem Oosthoek is a recognized authority on the subject of
competition Maseratis and is often consulted by private owners, museums and
His latest book which was published in early 2013 is Sports Car
Racing in the South, 1959-1960.
Click here to read the full interview with Willem Oosthoek in Vintage Roadcar Magazine.