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From Newspress in the UK
 
ANCASTER INSURANCE CLASSIC MOTOR SHOW
TO MARK 100 YEARS OF MASERATI
 

The 2014 Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show is set to mark Maserati’s centenary with a unique gathering of cars in conjunction with the Maserati Club. The club’s stand will host no less than 21 examples of the Italian marque with everything from the earliest model to the newest Ghibli set to feature.

 

 
 

Dan Nwaokolo, Event Director for the show said: “We’re really looking forward to helping Maserati mark their 100th birthday – they’ve produced some stunning cars in that time and I’m excited to see that so many of them will be with us for the show.”

The Maserati Club was formed in 1972 and is open to both owners of Maserati cars and bikes or just enthusiasts for the Marque. Originally driven by a desire to preserve those iconic early race-winning cars, the club has evolved to cater for all cars to bear the trident.

Examples of the marque on display include some real racing rarities, such as a Tipo 61 'Birdcage', a Cooper-Maserati and Nick Mason’s glorious 250F. The Pink Floyd drummer is a well-known petrolhead and is privileged enough to own some of the world’s most desirable cars, amongst which is his 250F.

 

Nick Mason at the wheel of his Maserati Tipo 250F

A Maserati Tipo 4CS driven by a Maserati Club member
 

The Grand Prix-winning 250F was launched in 1954, with just 26 examples built. It was driven by arguably the most legendary Formula One driver of all time, Argentinian Juan Manuel Fangio. Fangio, who would win five World Championships, drove the F to victory in its first two Grand Prixs and later the 1957 World title.

It had suffered since its time as an F1 car, leaving Europe for South America where, at some point, it’s 2.5-litre, straight six Maserati A6 engine had been replaced by a Chevrolet unit. The 250F has benefitted from a total restoration and is today in the same world-beating condition it would have been in in the 50s. It’s set to be one of the highlights at this year’s show and one not to be missed.

With such a rich racing heritage, it’s unsurprising that the stand will also feature the likes of a Tipo 200S (one of 28 made) and a Tipo 300S.

The 200S would win the San Marino Grand Prix and the Targa Florio in 1955, while Stirling Moss would pilot a 200S to victory in the 1956 Trofeo Supercortemaggiore. The 300S would also see success, winning at the Nurburgring in 1956.

 

A 1977 Maserati Khamsin

A rare 1974 Maserati Quattroporte II by Bertone
 

David Daw, one of the Maserati Stand organisers, said: “We’ve gathered the most diverse and wide ranging line-up for our celebrations, showcasing from the marque’s racing heritage right through to its supercars. Plus we still have some further surprises that will be revealed at the show.”

Another must-see at the show will be Roger Lucas’ 3500 GT Vignale Spyder. The Spyder was launched in 1960 and just 245 were made. It’s a little lower and longer than the coupe, the Spyder gained a new grille and taillights to differentiate it from the fixed-head coupe.

With such a variety of cars on display, the Maserati Club stand is sure to draw plenty of admirers over the show’s three days from the 14-16th November. Tickets are on sale now.

For more information and to book tickets, visit www.necclassicmotorshow.com.

 
 
 
 
 
From Dave in the USA
 
A MASERATI BITURBO RACE CAR
 

Whilst following a thread entitled "Dave Burnham is a BIG Biturbo fan" on the Biturbo Zentrum discussion group at https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/BiturboZentrum/info, a very informative and knowledgeable forum for Maserati Biturbo Era owners, I became aware of a very particular Biturbo.

My site was started back in 1999, and I dedicated it to the Biturbo, for it was this model that prevented the Maserati marque from disappearing into oblivion. It was back in 1975 that De Tomaso stepped in, When no other Italian manufacturer was interested in saving the "House of the Trident", and the rest is history.

Every now and then one comes across a fellow Maserati enthusiast who is not only passionate about their Biturbo, but who is also mechanically skilled enough to turn their road car into a competitive race/track car.

Dave Burnham, who runs a specialist Citröen workshop in Delanson NY ( http://daveburnhamcitroen.com/ ), is such an enthusiast. His workshop is 98% Citröen but also receives a number of "Citröen Era" Maseratis in his shop. They also rebuild many of the 90 degree Maserati V6 engines from the Citröen SM and Merak, and has one that he uses in his winter ice racing car but that's a whole different thread.

 

Dave's Maserati V6 engined ice racing car !
 

But we're here to talk about his very special and quick Maserati Biturbo.

He bought the car in 1997 and has been using it mostly on the track since 1999, but it is still registered and road legal (sort of) in New York State.

Since 1999 he has raced it on the following tracks: Lime Rock Park in CT, Pocono (North, East, and South courses) in PA, Monticello Raceway in NY, Summit Point in West Virginia, Beaver Run in PA, Mosport in Canada, Waterford Hills in Michigan, The Hershey Hill climb in PA, many auto crosses and road rallies.

He admits that the car handled terribly from the factory and had terrible brakes but over the years has changed many things on it and now, in his own words, "It's really great !". He likes to tinker with it and keep making improvements; "Don't get me wrong these cars are just fine the way they are for the street, but trying to get the most you can out of them on the race track takes some changes."

Some of the things done to make it better and faster are:

Generic Koni double adjustable shocks made to fit.

300 lb/in front springs and 200 lb/in springs in the rear bought at a race car flea market.

Purpose made front and rear anti roll bars.

Removed a lot of the rubber out of the suspension.

Installed generic camber/caster plates at the top of the struts.

Replaced the caster rods that hold the lower control arms in place with heim joints.

Found a couple of sets of the 7" wide Biturbo wheels, and use Hankook 225 50 14 DOT race tires.

Made a front splitter.

Installed a rear wing I bought for $8 at a flea market.

Installed a race seat and roll cage.

Installed a much stronger clutch.

Installed an oil accumulator because the car would loose oil pressure in the turns on the track.

Fitted a Spearco air/air intercooler.

Installed a blow off valve.

Re-jetted the carburettor on a dyno. It now has 215 bhp at the rear wheels.

Raised the rear suspension mounting points (because when the car is lowered too much the arm point down and you loose forward traction).

Moved the battery to the trunk.

Installed a Torsen differential from a 1985 Biturbo.

Installed a differential oil cooler.

Took a lot of weight out of the car. It now weights 2,490 lbs with Dave in the car. He still considers it too heavy, and is working on further improvements.

Made a large tube exhaust system with no catalytic converter and a straight through Borla muffler.

Installed vented front brake discs from an Acura.

Made mounts for Brake Man racing brake calipers front and rear with racing brake pads.

Changed the air filter to individual K & N filters in a high pressure area in the bumper.

He has been working with this car for many years and it finally handles quite well, having adequate power from the stock engine, and his laps times are quite good now. In 1999 at Lime Rock he was doing 1 minute 14 second laps, now he can do 1 minute 3 second laps.

Anyone interested in coming to a track day with any kind of a car but especially a Biturbo should email Dave at racing48@nycap.rr.com.

The next event he is attending is at New Jersey Motorsports Park on September 8th with NECC Motor sports. Check it out here: www.corvair.org/chapters/necc/.

 

Dave's Maserati Biturbo...

...in full race trim !!
 

Made a front splitter

The front splitter installed on Dave's Biturbo
 

Installed a rear wing

Installed a race seat
 

The functional cockpit...

...and instrument panel with AccuTech instruments
 

Business like, no creature comforts here !!!

Installed a roll cage
 

The roll cage...

...side impact protection
 

Fitted a Spearco air/air intercooler

Installed a blow-off valve
 

Installed a blow-off valve...

...and an oil accumulator
 

The braided hoses...

...feeding the oil accumulator
 

The stronger standard clutch pressure plate from HR Clutch

The improved clutch discs from HR Clutch
 

Vented front brake discs from an Acura

Brake Man racing calipers front and rear with racing brake pads
 

Installed a differential oil cooler

Moved the battery to the trunk
 

Installed a Torsen differential from a 1985 Biturbo

 
 

Large tube exhaust system with no catalytic converter...

...and a straight through Borla muffler
 

300 lb/in front springs...

...and 200 lb/in springs in the rear
 

Generic Koni double adjustable shocks made to fit

Generic Koni double adjustable shocks made to fit
 

Purpose made front...

...and rear anti-roll bars
 

Installed generic camber/caster plates...

...at the top of the struts
 

Left-side front suspension and brakes
showing the heim joint suspension...

...to adjust and control caster
along with the larger anti-roll bar
 

The rear swing arm mounts have been raised
for better traction on acceleration

Metal clamp to hold the steering rack
replacing the standard rubber mounts
 

Large aluminium spacer mount replacing the standard rubber mount
 

My grateful thanks to Dave Burnham for allowing me to publish his photos.

 
 
 
 
 
From Gwen in Belgium
 
MASERATI 222 4v ON TOP GEAR 1993
 

"Hi Enrico,

Thought our fellow Maseratisti might enjoy this film clip taken from BBC's Top Gear back in 1993, which shows a youngish Jeremy Clarkson driving a number of classic Maseratis and later praising a Maserati 222 4v !

Regards,

Gwen."

 

Maseratis on Top Gear in 1993
 
 
 
 
 
From Julian in Australia
 
MASERATI GHIBLI REGISTER
 

"Hi Enrico,

I thought and write to confirm that the Ghibli Registry is now open and running at www.ghibli-registry.com.

We are aiming to record the whereabouts of as many of these stunning cars as is possible.

Would you be able to publicise this on your website please ?

Thank you,

Julian."

 
 
 
 
 
From Ken in the USA
 
A MASERATI MERAK SS
 

"Ciao Enrico,

I am selling a Maserati Merak SS, but before it goes I thought you'd like to know something about it.

It's Merak SS #AM 122A*1234*, and according to MIE the King of Morocco, Hassan II was the original owner. Gold exterior/goldish interior, makes sense huh !

I must admit, it does need a lot of tender loving care !!

Please enjoy, and best wishes.

Regards,

Ken in CT."

 

Maserati Merak SS...

...finished in Oro Longchamps metallizzato (gold metallic)...
 

...and goldish velour interior...

...chassis no. AM 122A*1234*
 

It's a 3.0-litre Maserati...

...Merak SS...
 

...but, where the hell is the V6 engine ?

Don't panic ! You'll be relieved to wnow that it's all here !!
 

Well, here's the engine number for a start...

..and don't exceed 4,000rpm for the first 1,500Kms.
 

The air filter box

 
 

The three twin-choke 44 DCNF Weber carburettors...

...complete with intake manifold
 

The distribution shaft, distributor, water pump cover...

...and rocker covers.
 

The cam box

 
 

The cylinder heads

 
 

Cylinder heads

Pistons and connecting rods
 

Carburettors, camshafts, distributor cap...

pistons, conrods and transaxle support cross-member.
 

The V6 engine block

 
 

The Citroen transverse gearbox...

...with inboard mounted disc brakes.
 

The bellhousing

Clutch pressure plate and flywheel
 

Header tank, starter motor and coolant thermostat housing

The cylinder head gasket set
 

Oil and water pump housing, distributor cap...

and spark plug leads.
 

Oil pan, spark plugs, assorted nuts and bolts...

...various brackets and miscellaneous items.
 

Layshaft from engine driving hydraulic pump with belts to:
alternator, air/con compressor and hydraulic accumulator.

Campagnolo alloy wheels
 
 
 
 
 
 
From Stuart in the UK
 
JUST LOVE MASERATIS !
 

Hi Enrico,

Thank you. Yes I would love you to put my cars on your website. I will send some photos of the interiors tomorrow.

I had two Quattroporte V8 evoluzione, one in Grigio Touring and the other in Blu Nettuno, the blue one is in the garage having a wheel bearing done, but it's back tomorrow. The silver one I have recently sold to a friend of mine, who is a mechanic.

I also have a black 2007 Maserati GranSport LE that has only 4,150 miles on the clock, and still smells like new. I bought it from a dealer (Richard Grace). He's a dealer in Chester who often sells Maseratis. He is a great guy to deal with, and I would always go back to him 100% !!

I was really lucky to be at the right place at the right time. I'm hoping to drive through Italy soon.

Where are you based ?

Thanks for your time Enrico,

Stuart."

 

Stuart's Maserati GranSport LE...

...the pride of his collection !
 

 

 
 

 

 
 

 

 
 

For those of you wondering what the "LE" stands for it's "Limited Edition" with the following extras: full leather interior, driver's seat with memory, heated front seats, electrochromatic rear view mirror, rear parking sensors, Auditorium 200, CD changer, black external grilles, Xenon headlights plus headlight washers, coloured brake calipers, and 19-inch Trofeo alloys in Grigio Mercury.

 

Stuart's Quattroporte V8 evoluzione in Blu Nettuno

Stuart's Quattroporte V8 evoluzione in Grigio Touring
 

The interior of Stuart's Quattroporte V8 evoluzione in Blu Nettuno

 
 

 

 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
From Dirk in Germany
 
SCHLOSS DYCK AND OLDTIMER GRAND PRIX
 

Dear Enrico,

Attached some pictures from the last two weekends; Classic Days at Schloss Dyck and the Oldtimer Grand Prix at the Nürburgring.

My Maserati is the Indy finished in rosso rubino. Feel free to publish them.

Best,

Dirk.

 

The "Jewels in the Park" display in the grounds of Schloss Dych
 

Dirk's fine Maserati Indy

 
 

 

 
 

Maserati A6 1500 by Pinin Farina

Maserati A6G 2000 Coupe by Pietro Frua
 

 

Maserati Tipo 4CM
 

Maserati Tipo 8CM

Maserati Tipo 8CM
 

Maserati 250F

Maserati 250F "Piccolo"
 

Maserati Tipo 61 "Birdcage"

Maserati Tipo 8CM
 

Maserati Tipo 26M

 
 

Maserati A5G/54 Zagato

Maserati A5G/54 Zagato
 

Maserati A5G/54 Zagato

Maserati A5G/54 Zagato
 

Maserati 3500 GT

Maserati Sebring 2a serie
 

Maserati 3500 GT Spyder Vignale

Classic Maseratis at the Nürburgring
 
 
 
 
 
From Google Alerts
 
MASERATI GRANTURISMO WITH A DIFFERENCE !!!
 

A gentleman who transformed his Maserati to take on the appearance of a police car is charged with “impersonating an officer”.

 
Photo Erik Clark/ AP

The transformed Maserati GranTurismo !
 
 
 
 
 
From Peter in the UK
 
"MASERATI 100" AT THE SILVERSTONE CLASSIC
 

Dear Enrico,

Here are the photos that I want to share with you all !

They are all from the Silverstone “Classic” Meeting, at the end of July, on the MASERATI area.

Hope you enjoy them, they were taken on the Saturday of the weekend.

I had my old racing Helmet which I have had since 1958, along with a description, in the back window of my 4200 Coupe at the meeting.

Everyone admired it for its style, just like the one that Sir Stirling Moss wears; peak front, side leather ear pads and straps, in white to match my Abarth. Very happy memories indeed !!!

Regards,

Peter.

 

The magnificent artwork on the Maserati UK area illustrating 100 years of Maserati history
 

Peter's magnificent Maserati Coupe in perfect company.

Pride of place for Peter's classic crash helmet !!!
 

The Maserati Club UK area...

...for the more modern Maseratis
 

For the more modern Maseratis

For the classic Maseratis
 

Maserati Club members...

...enjoying the hospitality of Maserati UK
 

The Maserati Club UK area...

...for classic Maseratis
 

The Maserati Club UK area...

...for classic Maseratis
 

Maserati UK

Maserati UK
 

Maserati GranCabrio

Maserati GranCabrio
 

Maserati GranCabrio

Maserati Ghibli III
 

Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale - Safety Car

Maserati MC12 ‘Goodwood Cent 100’
 

Maserati MC12 ‘Goodwood Cent 100’

Maserati MC12 ‘Goodwood Cent 100’
 

Maserati MC12 ‘Goodwood Cent 100’

Maserati MC12 ‘Goodwood Cent 100’
 

Maserati MC12 ‘Goodwood Cent 100’

Maserati MC12 ‘Goodwood Cent 100’
 

Maserati bicycle

Maserati motorcycles
 

Cameron Millar 250F #CM5

Cameron Millar 250F #CM5
 

Cameron Millar 250F #CM5

Cameron Millar 250F #CM5
 

Maserati 250S

Maserati 250S
 

Maserati 250S

Maserati 4CS
 

Maserati 4CS

Maserati 4CS
 

Maserati Tipo 26M

Maserati Tipo 26M
 

Maserati Tipo 26M

Maserati Tipo 26M
 

Dott. Ing. Alfieri Maserati with the Tipo 26M

Maserati 250F
 

Maserati 250F

Maserati 250F
 

Maserati 300S

Maserati 300S
 

Maserati 300S

Maserati 300S
 

Maserati 300S

Maserati 300S
 

Maserati 250F

Maserati 250F
 

Maserati 250F

Maserati 250F
 

Maserati 250F

Maserati 250F
 

OSCA Tipo Mt4 2AD

OSCA Tipo Mt4 2AD
 

Maserati 250S

Maserati Ghibli Open Cup
 

Not sure what this is ?

Could be a 450S replica ?
 

Not sure what this is ?

Could be another 450S replica ?
 
All photos courtesy of Peter Wood
 
 
 
 

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