Walter Baumer was born in 1954 into a family of car enthusiasts. His uncle, also named Walter, was a Mercedes Grand Prix driver and the winner with Huschke von Hanstein of the 1940 Mille Migia, and his father, Werner, acted as Walter's manager. After high school, Walter studied photography, and for many years worked as a fashion photographer and freelance art director for well-known companies in the fashion and cosmetic industries, and magazines such as Esquire, Lucca, Vogue, Style and Playboy. Since 2003 he has worked full time as a Maserati historian and consultant. This is Walter's second book, his first being the definitive work on the Maserati 300S also published by Dalton Watson Fine Books. Walter lives in Dusseldorf, Germany. Maserati 300S.