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From Makoto in Japan
 
A PERSONAL TRIBUTE TO MASERATI'S 100 YEARS !!!
 

"Dear Mr ENRICO

I drew this.

Please use.

I would appreciate your favour.

Makoto."

 
Copyright Makoto Ouchi

MASERATI - I congratulate you on your centennial.
 
 
 
 
 
From Maserati Corse in Italy
 
CALAMIA RAGAZZI AND GARDEL VICTORIOUS AT SILVERSTONE
 

Calamia takes the Trofeo EuropaThings went with the form book today as Mauro Calamia claimed the Trofeo Europa, the first title up for grabs in the 2014 Maserati Trofeo World Series. At the end of the third round, held at Silverstone, the Swiss Team driver topped the standings after the three European rounds.

 
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Maserati Trofeo - Round 3
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Maserati Trofeo - Silverstone
 
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Maserati Trofeo - Mauro Calamia / Riccardo Ragazzi
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Maserati Trofeo - Riccardo Ragazzi
 

So, Calamia claimed the title thanks to a second place in Race 3 and two poles secured in qualifying. He did not pocket any points in the first two races - despite crossing the line first - after the officials decided that his car did not meet the required 2014 Maserati Trofeo World Series spec. This meant that he was disqualified from Race 1, on Saturday afternoon, and Sunday morning's Race 2. The same fate befell his team-mate Gabriel Gardel, but he was only ruled out of the second event, for the same reason.

The verdicts saw Riccardo Ragazzi awarded the first race from Andrea Cecchellero and Alberto Cola. Ragazzi also won Race 2, this time from Cola and a quick Alan Simoni, who started from last and mounted a fine comeback; the Italian had to fight his way through the field in each race: he came fifth in Race 1 after being among the backmarkers, and seventh in Race 3 after lining up in 23rd.

The endurance event was taken by Gabriele Gardel from Calamia, who had to spend an extra 20 seconds during his compulsory pit stop. Third on the podium was Italian driver Cola, ahead of the returning Giorgio Sernagiotto (fourth). The race was conditioned towards the end when the safety car came on to allow Roberto Silva's car, which had stopped in a dangerous position on the circuit, to be dragged away. At the restart with the pack bunched together and, with the clock ticking, both Calamia and Cola tried, in vain, to improve their placing. Behind them, the bunch that had been battling it out for the entire 60 minutes could only watch as Ragazzi, Cecchellero/Bakker, Simoni, Michael Cullen and Giuseppe Fascicolo crossed the line ahead of them.

Italian pop star Max Gazzè made it to the finish line in all three events with the twelfth spot he took in the endurance race his best finish.

The next round in the Maserati Trofeo Wolrd Series will be held at Vir Int'l Raceway, USA, on 24 August.

RACE 1

1 Riccardo Ragazzi – 31:15.6522
2 Andrea Cecchellero/Mathijs Bakker – 31:19.1263
3 Alberto Cola – 31:24.199

RACE 2

1 Riccardo Ragazzi – 31:06.2922
2 Alberto Cola – 31:32.3773
3 Alan Simoni – 31:39.237

RACE 3

1 Gabriele Gardel (Swiss Team) – 1.00’28.268
2 Mauro Calamia (Swiss Team) – 1.00’29.054
3 Alberto Cola – 1.00’29.185

OVERALL CLASSIFICATION AFTER 3 ROUNDS

1 Mauro Calamia (Swiss Team) – 103 points
2 Gabriele Gardel (Swiss Team) – 86 points
3 Alberto Cola – 70 points

 
 
 
 
A CALAMIA ONE-TWO-THREE AT BUDAPEST
 

Swiss Team's Mauro Calamia scored an amazing one-two-three at the second round of the Maserati Trofeo World Series. This weekend the series is being held at the Hungaroring, Budapest.

Swiss Team's Mauro Calamia scored an amazing one-two-three at the second round of the Maserati Trofeo World Series. This weekend the series is being held at the Hungaroring, Budapest. Yesterday Calamia secured the first 30' sprint and added this morning's second race as well as the endurance event where 25 points were on offer for the winner. The result gives Calamia, from Switzerland, top spot overall and sees him overtake team mate Gabriele Gardel.

 
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Maserati Trofeo World Series - Hungaroring
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Maserati Trofeo World Series - Hungaroring
 
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Maserati Trofeo World Series - Mauro Calamia
 

Today's 60' event saw one of its main players retire almost immediately when reigning champion Renaud Kuppens pulled out on the warm up lap. It was a another disappointing weekend for the Belgian: a transmission problem meant that he finished just one of the three races in the programme (coming fourth in Race 2). Without Kuppens to worry about, Calamia stepped on the accelerator as he continued the strategy that saw him through the entire weekend: build up a decent lead and then hold off the pack. Even the compulsory pit stop with extra time to work off (with times based on the sum of the first two races) did not change the top order. This was unchanged up to the finish, with the exception of Alan Simoni who ovetook Alberto Cola. Behind the uncatchable Calamia came Riccardo Ragazzi, Gabriele Gardel, Simoni, Cola and the Andrea Cecchellero/Mathijs Bakker crew. Also doing well were Adrien De Leener and Andreas Segler, who closed out in seventh and eighth, edging out the car driven by the two Hungarian drivers Edina Bus and Adrienn Dancso.

The morning race saw Cola and Ragazzi, both from Italy and fighting it out to the end, take the podium spot behind Calamia. Just off the podium came Kuppens, Gabriele Gardel and Simone di Luca. Hungarian Adrienn Vogel made a superb comeback from 20th spot to 10th, She headed Adrien Dancso, also from Hungary, across the line; the fourth 'Ladies Drivers' competing here was Anita Toth with Vogel.

The next round in the Maserati Trofeo Wolrd Series will be held at Silverstone, England, on 20 July, a weekend that will also see the Trofeo Europa awarded. The English circuit will be the last European leg before the Trofeo series moves on to the United States, China and Abu Dhabi.

Mauro Calamia: "I have to say that the Hungaroring is not one of my favourites; I feel more at home at Silverstone, for instance. I was at Budapest four years ago and it didn't go well. I am surprised at this one-two-three but, above all, I am pleased for Swiss Team. It has been an amazing weekend for the team and for my team mate, Gabriele Gardel, who claimed two podium finishes. This afternoon's race was really tough: I struggled with the high temperatures in the cabin and for the tyre pressure that didn't allow me to keep the car stable. I held my own despite having to spend extra time in the pits but, luckily, my rivals also had the same 'penalty'. It was a weekend I will not forget".

RACE 2

1 Mauro Calamia (Swiss Team) – 30:24.143
2 Alberto Cola – 30:37.737
3 Riccardo Ragazzi – 30:31.040

RACE 3

1 Mauro Calamia (Swiss Team) – 1:00.39.028
2 Riccardo Ragazzi – 1:00:46.534
3 Gabriele Gardel (Swiss Team) – 1:00.51.046

 
 
 
 
SWISS TEAM STAR AT SPA IN THE MASERATI TROFEO.
 

Swiss Team took the spoils at round one in the Maserati Trofeo World Series. Spa, Belgium, was where the action took place with 22 drivers competing. The weekend’s winners were Gabriele Gardel and Mauro Calamia, both from Switzerland and both representing Swiss Team.

 
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Maserati Trofeo World Series - Race 1
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Maserati Trofeo World Series
 
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Maserati Trofeo World Series - Mauro Calamia
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Maserati Trofeo World Series - Mauro Calamia
 
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Maserati Trofeo World Series - Renaud Kuppens
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Maserati Trofeo World Series
 

Unfortunately for the local fans, Renaud Kuppens, who took the title in 2012 and 2013, ended the weekend with a solitary point thanks to his pole position for Race 2. The Belgian ended up against the tyre wall following a Race 1 clash with Andrea Cecchellero. His car was too badly damaged and there was not enough time to repair it before the second event. Kuppens had to sit this one out. In the end, Race 1 went to Gabriele Gardel with Alan Simoni and Andrea Cecchellero up next in what was an eventful race. Calamia played a major role: he started from pole but found himself back in fourteenth after being nudged early on. The Swiss driver kept his cool to cross the line in fourth, ahead of Alberto Cola, another driver caught up in the lap 1 storm.

Calamia’s luck turned in Race 2, one he dominated from start to finish. The Swiss Team driver lined up in second and made the most of Kuppens’ absence (who should have started on pole) to build a healthy lead. He stayed out in front for the entire 50 minutes, leaving the others to fight it out for the other podium slots; following him across the finish line were Alberto Cola and Gabriel Gardel who, thanks to this result, takes an early championship lead. Fourth was taken by Alan Simoni, who tried for third right until the very end. Simone Di Luca, a newcomer, claimed fifth and could have aimed for the podium if he had not been hit with a drive through.

Round 2 in the del Maserati Trofeo World Series will be held at Budapest, Hungary, on the weekend of 1 June.

Mauro Calamia: “The day didn’t start off too well following a clash in Race 1. I lost ground but then came back to fourth. Looking back, I can count myself lucky to have finished in the points. Things went better in Race 2 and I would like to thank my team for helping me to this win. I want more of the same in Hungary”.

Gabriele Gardel: “This certainly is unexpected. It was my debut at Spa in a new car and I have come away with a win, a third spot and the lead overall. I couldn’t ask for anymore. I would like to thank Maserati for allowing me the chance to compete in a fun and competitive series. I have to say that the GranTurismo MC Trofeo, which I drove in 2011, has really improved”.

RACE 1

1 Gabriele Gardel (Swiss Team) – 51:04.493
2 Alan Simoni (Konvex Motorsport) – 51:04.789
3 Andrea Cecchellero/Mathijs Bakker – 51:17.309

RACE 2

1 Mauro Calamia (Swiss Team) – 50:49.125
2 Alberto Cola – 51:00.439
3 Gabriele Gardel (Swiss Team) – 51:04.775

Text and photos courtesy of Maserati.

 
 
 
 
 
From Newspress in the UK
 
A FEAST OF MASERATI MODELS IN ACTION
AT SILVERSTONE CLASSIC 2014.
 

Monday, 21st July, 2014: Maserati is set to take top billing at Silverstone Classic 2014 as its Centenary celebrations get into full swing.

- Maserati Centenary celebrations in the UK continue

- Maserati is official featured ‘Celebration Marque’ at Silverstone Classic 2014

- Celebratory cavalcade of 200+ past and present Maserati models on Sunday led by Sir Stirling Moss in the
  legendary F1 GP winning 250F

- Special guest Alfieri Maserati, son of Ernesto Maserati, in attendance

- Silverstone Classic 25th - 27th July

Maserati is the official ‘Celebration Marque’ at this year’s classic racing festival, which promises to play host to one of the largest gatherings of Maserati models the UK has ever witnessed. The celebrations will culminate in a cavalcade of more than 200 past and present Maseratis led by Sir Stirling Moss.

The legendary Maserati racer will lead a stunning parade of Trident-badge models around the Silverstone circuit at noon on Sunday 27 July, behind the wheel of the iconic Grand Prix winning 250F, and will be joined in the parade by special guest Alfieri Maserati, son of company co-founder Ernesto Maserati. A wide selection of models from Maserati’s illustrious past will also be represented in the line-up, ranging from the classic Tipo 61 Birdcage to modern greats like the GranTurismo MC Stradale.

Peter Denton, Region Manager Maserati North Europe, said: “The UK is a crucially important market for Maserati and the level of support and enthusiasm for the brand here is outstanding. With 2014 being our Centenary and sales up 223 per cent year-on-year it is an exciting time for us. The Silverstone Classic promises to be a fantastic showcase of Maserati’s glorious racing heritage and the arrival in showrooms of the company’s new Ghibli and Quattroporte Diesel models heralds the beginning of another exciting chapter in the Maserati story.”

Maserati enjoys a long-established relationship with the home of British motorsport as Luigi Villoresi, driving a Maserati, won the first British Grand Prix hosted by the Northamptonshire circuit, in 1948.

Text courtesy of Maserati.

 
 
 
 
 
From the Classic Car Drivers Association
 
 
EXPO AUTOWORLD - MASERATI 100 YEARS
 

"Throughout the entire summer MASERATI celebrates its 100th anniversary at AUTOWORLD with more than 30 historic models on display.

From 4th July through to 31st August 2014 one can once again admire a gorgeous collection of cars hiding a great deal of history on the mezzanine floor of the museum. These Italian ‘bella macchina’ bearing the Trident are celebrating their 100th anniversary this year – reason enough for Autoworld to dedicate its summer exhibition to this marque.

In total more than 30 historic models will be brought together on the mezzanine floor, all loaned out by private collectors from Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany. Together they narrate the story of a century of development of fabulous race machines and design relating to one of the most renowned Italian constructors in history.

Amongst others, visitors will have the opportunity to admire an A6G Pinin Farina, several generations of the Quattroporte, a Mistral, a Ghibli, an Indy, a Bora, a Merak and a Khamsin, in addition to various race cars on show as a silent witness of the marque’s impressive record of achievements, such as an A6GSC (Mille Miglia 1954), single-seaters such as the 8CM (1934) and the 4CLT (1948), a 3500 GT and Ghibli Compétition. They will also enjoy the company of a Birdcage from the ‘60s and a Barchetta from the nineties.

And if that was not enough, enthusiasts of contemporary cars will come into their own with a selection of modern Maserati machinery, which have been allocated space in the temporary exhibition zone, such as the Ghibli, a Gran Turismo Cabriolet and Coupé as also a Quattroporte, all made available thanks to Maserati Belux. Enough cars to let both young and old dream about to their hearts content…

HISTORY IN A NUTSHELL

When in December 1914 the brothers Alfieri, Ettore and Ernesto established the family company ‘Officine Alfieri Maserati’ in Bologna, the passion for speed and mechanics was already well anchored in their genes: their father was totally smitten about everything relating to ‘the big steel horse that blows off steam’.

Even before setting to work in Bologna the Maserati brothers had previously built engines – not only for cars, but for aeroplanes also, and had tried their luck in motorsport. This was especially true for Carlo, the eldest brother, who enjoyed life to the full and finally died prematurely in 1909, remaining forever after an example to his younger brothers.

In 1914 the workshop in Bologna concentrated mainly on the maintenance and tuning of racing cars and the production of their particularly renowned sparkplugs. The Trident, the marque’s emblem, was the creation of the artist Mario, another one of the seven Maserati brothers. His inspiration came from one of the most distinctive symbols of the city of Bologna: the Trident on Neptune’s statue that adorns the fountain in the Piazza Maggiore, a sign of strength and vigour. But it would take until 1925 before the emblem appeared on the first racing car to bear the name Maserati: the Tipo 26.

Maserati’s history is one of many ups and downs, with several magnificent victories, culminating in 1957 with the supreme award in the Formula 1 World Championship, offering Fangio his fifth World Champion title at the wheel of the superb Maserati 250F.

But in that same year a series of accidents in the last race of the Sport-Prototypes on the circuit of Caracas (Venezuela) destroyed the entire team. Aldolfo Orso, the factory owner, decided to shut down the sports department and focus exclusively on the production of road-going models (Stradale), with the exception of a few racing cars still on the order books. The ‘Birdcages’ are the best examples of these.

And so a new era began for Maserati. The 3500 GT and the Quattroporte were the first production models, followed by the Sebring, the Mistral, the Mexico, the Indy and the Ghibli.

In the late ‘60s Citroën saves the marque from ruination and gives birth to new models such as the Bora, the Khamsin and the Kyalami. The six-cylinder engine of the small Merak is brought back into the planning for the Citroën-Maserati, but in turn Citroën experiences difficulties, and from that moment on it is the Argentinean Alejandro De Tomaso who comes to the rescue of the Italian marque bearing the Trident. He opts for mass production and discontinues the production of the V8 powered GT models. The Biturbo of 1982 and its variants finally save the Maserati marque. At the beginning of the ‘90s a V8 engine once again sees the light of day in the Shamal and the marque makes its comeback on the race circuits.

History can sometimes play funny tricks. In 1999, Ferrari passes from being a rival to becoming a partner through its acquisition of Maserati. The partnership of the two most reputable Italian automotive manufacturers was to become so successful that in the meanwhile many had forgotten that they had previously been sworn enemies. The most beautiful GT cars roll out of the factory in 2004. That same year the MC12 sees the light of day. The German team VitaPhone Racing won the FIA GT Championship six consecutive times, as also the 24 Hours of Spa three times with Belgian driver Eric Van de Poele at the wheel. The Maserati Trofeo also achieved some considerable success in the one-make championship….

Today, with the Quattroporte V and the new Ghibli Maserati holds all the trump cards to celebrate its centenary in style."Below you will find

My special thanks to the CCDA for allowing me to publish a few of their excellent photos.

Below you will find a sample of the models on display, but you may view even more images of the other Maseratis on display in this wonderful exhibition in the CCDA's Photo Shoot at thesportscoupe.com/

You can find out more about the CCDA at www.thesportscoupe.com/.

 
 

EXPO AUTOWORLD - Maserati 100 Years
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The new Maserati Ghibli outside AUTOWORLD
 
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Maserati Today
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Maserati's racing heritage
 
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Maseratis from the "Biturbo Era"
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Maserati motorcycles
 
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Maserati A6G 2000 by Allemano
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Maserati A6G 2000 Spyder by Pietro Frua
 
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Maserati 3500 GT
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Maserati Sebring 2a serie
 
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Maserati 5000GT by Allemano
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Maserati Mistral
 
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Maserati Mexico
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Maserati Ghibli
 
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Maserati Indy
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Maserati Bora
 
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Maserati Khamsin
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Maserati Merak SS
 
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Maserati Kyalami
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Maserati Quattroporte III
 
 
 
 
 
From Philippe in Belgium
 
CONCOURS HET LOO (NL).
 

1974-2014 Celebrating 40 years of development.

 

Maserati Bora

Maserati Biturbo Spyder
 

Maserati 2.24v. 2a serie

Maserati Quattroporte III
 

Maserati Ghibli

Maserati Mexico
 

Maserati 3500 GT

Maserati 5000GT by Allemano
 

Maserati Ghibli MY94...

...with electric sunroof !
 

Maserati A6GCS

Maserati A6GCS/53
 

Maserati 3500 GT

The Ghibli - Maserati's new 4-door sports saloon
 
 
 
 
 
From Newspress in the UK
 
“ONE OF 100”,
THE MASERATI QUATTROPORTE ZEGNA LIMITED EDITION.
 

Wednesday, July 16, 2014 – After making its world debut at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, Maserati has revealed an exclusive limited edition Maserati Quattroporte in collaboration with luxury Italian fashion house, Ermenegildo Zegna. Just 100 examples of the limited series will be built which feature colour schemes, materials and exclusive trims which link the histories of the two brands.

 

Quattroporte Zegna Limited Edition - "One of 100"

Quattroporte Zegna Limited Edition - "One of 100"
 

To celebrate the launch of the Quattroporte Zegna Limited Edition, Maserati and Zegna are embarking on a tour of four international events starting in Shanghai in July 2014 before stopping in New York (Sept 2014), Dubai (Feb 2015) and Milan (Spring 2015).

The events are designed to present the Quattroporte Zegna Limited Edition to an exclusive audience and to celebrate the partnership between the two Italian brands; both of whom are masters in Italian excellence. The exclusive event locations have been carefully selected to enhance the uniqueness of the alliance and represent the pinnacle of Italian elegance. Guests will be able to discover the car’s premium finishes in detail and see the extraordinary result of the partnership.

World famous Italian photographer, Fabrizio Ferri, will be in attendance at each of the four events capturing 100 unique images – 25 from each occasion. Among the guests will be musicians, chefs, athletes and artists, who will have their hands photographed representing the ‘handmade’ notion of the limited edition.

 

Quattroporte Zegna Limited Edition - "One of 100"

Quattroporte Zegna Limited Edition - "One of 100"
 

The collection of pictures will be put together to create a book; “One of 100” which will be presented in Milan in Spring 2015. As well as the hand photographs, the book will also contain stylish interior and exterior photography of the Quattroporte Ermenegildo Zegna Limited Edition. The book will emphasize the uniqueness, exclusivity and excellence DNA of the two brands.

To mark the importance of heritage and handmade work for the two brands, Maserati and Zegna will be the first companies to support the restoration of the Fountain of Neptune; a monumental fountain located in Piazza Nettuno, in Bologna, where the Trident badge was first inspired.

Text and photos courtesy of Maserati.

 
 
 
 
 
From Newspress in the UK
 
ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL MONTH FOR MASERATI,
ENDING THE FIRST HALF OF 2014 EXCEEDING SALES RECORDS ONCE AGAIN.
 

Wednesday, 9 July 2014 – The June results close the first half of 2014 brilliantly, corroborating the positive trend of Maserati, with high sales volumes in the UK and Europe.

The first half of the year shows excellent results for the House of the Trident, with 134 new units registered in June in the UK alone. These statistics confirm the UK as one of the top European markets, with the total number of registrations at 564 since the start of 2014, reaching +223% compared to the same period of 2013.

The significant increase of sales has included all of the main European markets: Benelux, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and Switzerland who have contributed to the achievement of 535 units registered for June, with an average increase of +414% compared to the same month in 2013.

Credit for this success is largely attributable to the latest models introduced to the market: the new Ghibli executive saloon and the luxurious flagship model the Quattroporte, both also available with the new diesel engine.

For information about Maserati’s Centennial celebrations visit: www.maserati100.com/

Text and photos courtesy of Maserati.

 
 
 
 

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