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From Daniele in Italy
 
DON SERGIO MANTOVANI - Chaplain of Drivers
 

"Ciao Enrico,

Don Sergio Mantovani è un prete speciale, Monsignore di una parrocchia di Modena che si affaccia su v.le Ciro Menotti che è il proseguimento di V.le Trento-Trieste, sedi storiche di Maserati e Ferrari. Don Sergio è il Cappellano dei Piloti.

Credo che Don Sergio sia l'unico prete al mondo ad aver demolito la propria chiesa con una ruspa perchè era pericolante (ma poi l'ha ricostruita), e per questo si è meritatamente guadagnato il soprannome di "Don Ruspa" e anche l'affetto di tutti i suoi parrocchiani e conoscenti, non ultimo il Commendator Ferrari che gli conferì quell'insolito e simpatico soprannome.

La MM del 1955 fu quella vinta dall'equipaggio Moss Jenkinson su Mercedes alla media più elevata mai raggiunta.

Copilota di Moss in quell' epica edizione, Denis Jenkinson (1920-1996) giornalista britannico, scrisse più volte che se non si conosce Don Sergio Mantovani non si può affermare di conoscere veramente il mondo delle corse automobilistiche e in particolare quello della F.1.

Nel 1961 Don Sergio inaugura il nuovo asilo parrocchiale realizzato anche grazie ai contributi e alle donazioni di molti piloti (e anche di Enzo Ferrari). All'inaugurazione furono invitati molte ullistri personalità e piloti, tra cui Stirling Moss, J.M.Fangio e altri.

Per l'occasione Don Sergio fece realizzare una piccola scultura, una Maserati 250F stilizzata, in argento, che donerà come riconoscimento ai piloti intervenuti all'inaugurazione.

Su richiesta dei suoi amici e per eventi successivi, verranno realizzate altre sculture identiche all'originale, ma non più in argento.

Allego alcune foto di Don Sergio, dell'inaugurazione e della 250F (che venne donata a J.M.Fangio).

Ciao,

Daniele.



"Hello Enrico,

Don Sergio Mantovani is a very special priest, Monsignor of a Modena parish overlooking Viale Ciro Menotti that is the continuation of Viale Trento-Trieste, historic homes of Maserati and Ferrari. Don Sergio is the Chaplain of Drivers.

I think Don Sergio is the only priest in the world to have demolished their church with a bulldozer because it was unsafe (but then he rebuilt it), and this has deservedly earned the nickname "Don Scrapper" and even the affection of all his parishioners and acquaintances, not least Commendatore Ferrari who gave him this unusual and sympathetic nickname.

The Mille Miglia of 1955 was that won by Moss and Jenkinson in a Mercedes at the highest ever achieved average.

British journalist Denis Jenkinson (1920-1996), Moss' co-pilot in that epic race, wrote several times that if you don't know Don Sergio Mantovani you cannot claim to really know the world of motor racing, and in particular that of F1.

In 1961 Don Sergio inaugurated the new parish nursery school made possible thanks to contributions and donations made by many drivers (including Enzo Ferrari). Inauguration were invited many illustrious personalities and drivers, including Stirling Moss, J.M.Fangio and others.

For the occasion, Don Sergio made a small sculpture, a stylized silver Maserati 250F, that gave recognition to the drivers who attended the inauguration.

At the request of his friends and for subsequent events, sculptures were made, identical to the original but no longer in silver.

I attach some pictures of Don Sergio, the inauguration and the 250F that was given to J.M.Fangio.

Bye for now,

Daniele."

































 
 
 
 
 
From Newspress in the UK
 
GIOVANNI SOLDINI’S MASERATI MULTI70 TRIMARAN
STARTS RORC CARIBBEAN 600 RACE IN ANTIGUA
 

Modena, 21 February 2017 – The ninth edition of the RORC Caribbean 600 Race set off yesterday from Antigua. The high-tech Italian ocean racing trimaran, Maserati Multi70, skippered by Giovanni Soldini crossed the start line off Fort Charlotte on the south side of the island with a 10-knot westerly breeze at 11.40 local time (15.40 in Europe).

 

Maserati Multi70 - 2017 RORC Caribbean 600 Race

Maserati Multi70 - 2017 RORC Caribbean 600 Race Start
 

Soldini has seven other crew members on board Maserati Multi70: Guido Broggi, Vittorio Bissaro, François Robert, Oliver Herrera, Carlos Hernandez, Francesco Malingri and Matteo Soldini (a member of the shore team standing in for John Elkann who withdrew after forecast light winds meant the race duration no longer fitted in with his previous work commitments).

Soldini’s team of ocean racing experts are facing much gentler winds than are normal in the Caribbean at this time of year. The unusual weather scenario is the result of a low-pressure storm system to the north that has extinguished the regular trade winds that characterise the classic 600-mile race.

 

Maserati Multi70 - 2017 RORC Caribbean 600 Race Start

Maserati Multi70 - 2017 RORC Caribbean 600 Race Start
 

Light breezes do not suit Soldini’s trimaran which is designed to race in much stronger winds when it can fly above the water at high speeds on specially designed hydrofoils.

The RORC Caribbean Race is renowned as one of the most complex and challenging races in ocean racing. This year’s edition has attracted a record fleet of 80-boats including top ocean racing crews from around the world.

 

Maserati Multi70 - 2017 RORC Caribbean 600 Race Start

Maserati Multi70 - 2017 RORC Caribbean 600 Race Start
 

Starting and finishing in Antigua, the course weaves its way through the Caribbean taking in no less than 11 island turning points, stretching as far north as Saint Martin and down to the tiny island of Les Saintes off Guadeloupe in the south.

“It will be a tough race”, Soldini said before the start. “Accurate navigation is essential and then you have to take into consideration the wind shadows that stretch out from some of the islands that can stop you in your tracks. We will try to sail our boat to the best of our ability.”

 

Maserati Multi70 - 2017 RORC Caribbean 600 Race Start

Maserati Multi70 - 2017 RORC Caribbean 600 Race
 

With average winds for the race expected to be below the level Maserati Multi70 needs to be competitive – it is unlikely that the Italian boat or its main rival, the USA-flagged trimaran, Phaedo3, will challenge for the race record time of 31 hours, 59 minutes and four seconds, set last year by the American boat.

After having crossed the starting line, Maserati Multi70 passed York Island on the east coast of Antigua heading north towards a turning mark in the southwest of the island of Barbuda; Maserati Multi70 is currently at close range and catching up to its rival Phaedo3, near to the western side of the island of Guadeloupe.

 

Maserati Multi70 - 2017 RORC Caribbean 600 Race training

Maserati Multi70 - 2017 RORC Caribbean 600 Race training
 

Text and photos courtesy of Maserati

 
 
 
 
 
From Enrico in the UK
 
MY MASERATI PARTS WANTED PAGE
 

"Dear Maseratisti,

Some of you may have wondered why ALL the wanted requests on my "Maserati Parts Wanted" page are directed to my personal email address.

HERE'S THE REASON WHY !

I try to vet all replies to make sure as far as I can that the offers are genuine.

On the 11th and 12th February 2017 I received the following 12 emails from a certain Charles Rogers.

EMAIL No 1 - 11 February 2017 04:45

"Hello

I have 3500 GT parts for sale in a sound condition, please send me an email if you are interested, for pictures and price.

please no junks email thanks.

Have a nice day."

EMAIL No 2 - 11 February 2017 04:46

"Hello

I have rear exhaust silencer for a 1967 tipo107 parts for sale in a sound condition, please send me an email if you are interested, for pictures and price.

please no junks email thanks.

Have a nice day."

EMAIL No 3 - 11 February 2017 04:48

"Hello

I have original silencers for Ghibli Cup parts for sale in a sound condition, please send me an email if you are interested, for pictures and price.

please no junks email thanks.

Have a nice day."

EMAIL No 4 - 11 February 2017 04:49

"Hello

I have rims for a 1969 Ghibli parts for sale in a sound condition, please send me an email if you are interested, for pictures and price.

please no junks email thanks.

Have a nice day."

EMAIL No 5 - 11 February 2017 04:51

"Hello

I have Merak SS engine parts for sale in a sound condition, please send me an email if you are interested, for pictures and price.

please no junks email thanks.

Have a nice day."

EMAIL No 6 - 11 February 2017 04:53

"Hello

I have Maserati Biturbo E Spyder parts for sale in a sound condition, please send me an email if you are interested, for pictures and price.

please no junks email thanks.

Have a nice day."

EMAIL No 7 - 12 February 2017 04:02

"Hello

I have fora glove compartment lock parts for sale in a sound condition, please send me an email if you are interested, for pictures and price.

please no junks email thanks.

Have a nice day."

EMAIL No 8 - 12 February 2017 04:03

"Hello

I have Maserati Biturbo E Spyder parts for sale in a sound condition, please send me an email if you are interested, for pictures and price.

please no junks email thanks.

Have a nice day."

EMAIL No 9 - 12 February 2017 04:05

"Hello

I have Shamal a front bumper lower grille parts for sale in a sound condition, please send me an email if you are interested, for pictures and price.

please no junks email thanks.

Have a nice day."

EMAIL No 10 - 12 February 2017 04:07

"Hello

I have Sebring series 2 parts for sale in a sound condition, please send me an email if you are interested, for pictures and price.

please no junks email thanks.

Have a nice day."

EMAIL No 11 - 12 February 2017 04:14

"Hello

I have Maserati Khamsin parts for sale in a sound condition, please send me an email if you are interested, for pictures and price.

please no junks email thanks.

Have a nice day."

EMAIL No 12 - 12 February 2017 04:16

"Hello

I have Maserati 228 parts for sale in a sound condition, please send me an email if you are interested, for pictures and price.

please no junks email thanks.

Have a nice day."

It appears to me that Sig. Charles Rogers has a few too many Maserati parts for my liking.

I definitely will NOT be passing on any of his emails.

And when I emailed him asking for the chassis number of his 3500 GT, this was his reply:

"Thanks for that prompt response, below is an attached picture of my Maserati 3500 GT, note i am wrecking the complete for parts, so all you need do now is to send me the list of all the parts that you need, so that i will know what is left on it and i will also need your complete shipping address to enable me have an ideal of what the shipping will be to your door step thanks."



His idea of a Maserati 3500 GT, which is of course a Sebring 1a serie


AND LATER, in response to my enquiry about Quattroporte Tipo 107 parts

"Thanks for that prompt response, below is an attached picture of my 1967 tipo107, note i am wrecking the complete for parts, so all you need do now is to send me the list of all the parts that you need, so that i will know what is left on it and i will also need your complete shipping address to enable me have an ideal of what the shipping will be to your door step thanks.

Hope to hear from you soon next."



His Quattroporte Tipo 107 which we are suppose to believe is to be broken for parts ???
 
 
 
 
 
From Marc in France
 
CLASSIC MASERATIS IN HIDDEN BURGUNDY
 
 

"Dear Classic Maseratisti,

After the complete success and fond memories of KHAMSIN QUARANTA in 2012, I am happy along with my publisher Doug Blair to invite you to our new International event, two years in the making: CLASSIC MASERATIS IN HIDDEN BURGUNDY - June 22-25 2017 near Macon.

This is not at all repeating and revisiting the same type of region and event, but rather after seeing how those who participated five years ago enjoyed the more famous parts of Burgundy I wanted to show you another part of it few get to see, a region where I have spent all my summers since childhood a hidden gem in splendid hilly countryside with fabulous traffic free roads, wondrous private castles normally not accessible and charming wineries.

Of course we have combined it with fine gastronomy and wines typical of the region, and along with the tour on Friday and Saturday morning we have the concours on Saturday afternoon where we are happy to confirm that Maserati Classiche represented by MM Ermanno Cozza and Fabio Collina will judge the cars. Saturday evening we have the gala awards dinner and dancing.

The event is open to all classic Maserati from the earliest days up to models introduced before 1980, including Kyalami for example–even if your actual car’s model year is from after 1980, as long as the model was launched before 1980 it is eligible. Please consult with us if in doubt. Beyond gathering as many Khamsins as possible of course we would like to highlight the Bora as it has never been celebrated properly in any event anywhere which is hard to believe and must be corrected, hence its presence on our event logo.

For further information, please contact Marc at marc@marcsonneryservices.com".

 
 
 
 
 
From Hisato in Japan
 
MASERATI CLUB OF JAPAN - 23rd MASERATI DAY
 

"Dear Enrico,

I would like to share some pictures from 23rd Maserati Day in Japan held by Maserati Club of Japan, even if it took place a couple of months ago.

The 23rd Maserati Day was held at Hakone on the 26th and 27th of November.

The weather was concerning due to early snow just 2 days before the event and the weather forcast was for rainy days. However, we got nice warm weather on first day and we enjoyed driving along the pleasant winding roads without rain and could see Mt. Fuji on the second day, even though it rained during the night.

The beautiful Maseratis gathered together at the Hilton Odawara Resort and Spa and parked on the main approach road.

We enjoyed a good chatting session and meeting new owners at the Maseratis parking space, and enjoyed test driving the new Levante from Maserati Japan.

The Gala Dinner was most enjoyable, with excellent food and pleasant conversation in the company of fellow Maserati owner's family, friends and children.

The theme of MCJ academy at Gala Dinner was "The true Maserati and OSCA". It was a very interesting talk about the relationship between Maserati and OSCA, the difference in philosophy, and drive sensation by Mr. Ekko the chairman of MCJ.

We also very much enjoyed the talk by Mr. Sakai who owns both a Maserati A6GCS and an OSCA Mt4, and who has participated in the Mille Miglia.

We enjoyed driving the Hakone Turnpike and Ashinoko Skyline roads, taking a video on the second day.

The drive along the winding road with that beautiful Maserati sound was of course exciting and then we enjoyed a wonderful lunch at the Italian restaurant "Albergo Bamboo".

They were two very wonderful days with our Maseratis.

Best regards,

Hisato."

 

Day 1

Day 1
 

Day 1

Day 1
 

Mr. Ekko, Chairman of MCJ, and Mr. Sakai give their talk

Friends and Family at the Gala Dinner
 

Day 2


Day 2
 

Day 2 - Off to lunch

Day 2
 

Day 2

Day 2
 

Day 2

Day 2
 

Day 2

Day 2
 

Day 2

Day 2
 

Day 2

Day 2
 

Day 2 - Albergo Bamboo

Day 2 - Albergo Bamboo
 

Day 2 - Seated for lunch - "Buon Appetito !"
 

Day 2 - Il Antipasto

Day 2 - Il Primo piatto
 

Day 2 - Il Secondo piatto

Day 2 - Il Dolce
 

"Complimenti ! Si, è stato un veramente un buon appetito !"

 
 
 
 
 
From the Maserati Club Italia
 
THE MASERATI INTERNATIONAL RALLY 2017
 
 

For 2017, The Maserati International Rally will be centred at the Hotel Terme di Saturnia, Maremma in the peaceful and beautiful setting of the Tuscan hills. This year, the four-day event will be organised by the Maserati Club Italia, and is open only to Maserati Club members worldwide, so if you would like to take part may I suggest you join an official Maserati Club as soon as possible.

I can assure you that the atmosphere is always a very friendly one, and there is always a healthy British attendance at this event !

Places are limited, so book early to avoid disappointment - www.mir2017.it/en.

 

DAY 1

12.00 pm - Check in at Circuito di Vallelunga Centro Congressi

1.00 pm - Lunch time

From 2.00 to 5.00 pm - Free laps time

From 5.00 pm - Road to Saturnia “Terme di Saturnia SPA & Golf Resort”

8 pm - Dinner at the hotel

 

Circuito di Vallelunga Centro Congressi

 

Autodromo Vallelunga Piero Taruffi

 

Terme di Saturnia SPA & Golf Resort
 

DAY 2

9.00 am - Departure for Porto Santo Stefano

10.30 am - Departure for Giglio Island on the Revenge motor vessel

1.00 pm - Lunch on the motor vessel

9.00 pm - Dinner at Casa di Caccia della Fattoria Pianelli

 

Porto Santo Stefano

 

Revenge motor vessel

 

Casa di Caccia della Fattoria Pianelli
 

DAY 3

9.00 am - Departure for the Rally Quiz on "Tufo roads", destination Orvieto

1.00 pm - Lunch at the Palazzo del Popolo

5.00 pm - Elegance contest at the hotel

8.30 pm - Gala dinner at the hotel

 

Rally Quiz on "Tufo roads", destination Orvieto

 

Palazzo del Popolo

 

Hotel Terme di Saturnia
 

DAY 4

 9.00 am - Departure for the "Butteri" show

1.00 pm - Lunch time and end of the event

 

Azienda Agraria Giuncola & Granaiolo

 

The wonderful horses of the Butteri

 

Presentation of dishes and local products by Chef Peter Urru
 
 
 
 
 
From Hisato in Japan
 
BITURBO FESTA 2017
 

"Dear Enrico,

I am very pleased to inform you that Biturbo Festa is coming back this year.



The web page has been prepared and the offer to take part has now started.

The web page is presently only in Japanese, but an English page will be added soon.

http://biturbofesta.com/index.html

Best regards,

Hisato."
 
 
 
 
 
From Ben in Denmark
 
MARCELLO GANDINI: Maestro of Design by Gautem Sen
 

"Hi Enrico,

It's been a while. I hope all is well with you and that you're in good health.

I still have my Shamal, although I should drive it more !

Have you seen the Gandini book that was put out by Dalton Watson this past year ? It has won a few awards and will be winning another award in France this next week.

Although the book is about Gandini, Gautem Sen, the author, covers all the Gandini-designed Maseratis including the Quattroporte II, Khamsin, Shamal, Ghibli II, Chubasco and Quattroporte IV. I supplied images of my cars for the Ghibli and Shamal chapters.

I know it is not a strictly-Maserati book, but takes an in-depth look at these often over-looked masterpieces of design. I am certain that your Maserati audience would be interested.

Here are some sample pages: www.dropbox.com.

Regards,

Ben."

 
 
 
 
 
From Enrico in the UK
 
REGISTRO FOTOGRAFICO MASERATI STORICHE
 

Hi Maseratisti,

Thought you'd like to know how I've been progressing with my photographic register.

If you would like to make a contribution to my photographic register, please send photos and details to enricomaserati@btinternet.com. Thank you !

Regards,

Enrico.

 
 
 

255 cars listed so far *

3500 GT
 
 

72 cars listed so far *

3500 GT Spyder Vignale
 
 

106 cars listed so far *

Sebring
 
 

33 cars listed so far *

5000GT
 
 

112 cars listed so far *

Quattroporte I
 
 

138 cars listed so far *

Mistral Coupe
 
 

39 cars listed so far *

Mistral Spyder
 
 

155 cars listed so far *

Mexico
 
 

358 cars listed so far *

Ghibli Coupe
 
 

57 cars listed so far *

Ghibli Spyder
 
 

199 cars listed so far *

Indy
 
 

133 cars listed so far

Bora
 
 

245 cars listed so far *

Merak and Merak SS
 
 

152 cars listed so far

Khamsin
 
 

37 cars listed so far

Kyalami
 
 

124 cars listed so far

Quattroporte III and Royale
 
 
 
 

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