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The Trident on the
front grille of an A6G/54
You can click on some pictures for a better view!!

From Maseraticorse
Bertolini and Bartels take the win for Maserati at Zolder in Belgium

Vitaphone Racing and Maserati MC12 are Champions for the Fourth Time

Sunday 19th October was a very exciting day in Zolder, Belgium, where the ninth round of the FIA GT took place. The Vitaphone Racing Team mechanics put some hard work during Saturday night to repair the Maserati MC12 #1 car, after it left the track at the "Lucien Bianchi" curve during practice. On Sunday the Andrea Bertolini - Michael Bartels duo won by a 7 second margin over their rivals Hezemans and Gollin in the Corvette. Thanks to this result, the Vitaphone Racing Team and Maserati MC12 are mathematically the Team's 2008 Champions in the FIA GT - the most important sports event for GTs - Car Makers' and Makes categories.

It is the fourth consecutive success for the Vitaphone Racing Team and for Maserati MC12 in the FIA GT, a legendary sequence of victories comparable to those accomplished in the past by car manufacturers who left their mark in the history of the car racing sport. Roaring ahead at the start from fifth row, Bertolini quickly overtook Fassler. At the 32nd lap he also left Kumpen behind, and at the 66th, thanks to a masterly drivers' switch and refueling in a mere 11", Hezemans was overtaken at the pit stop, the move that gave Maserati no. 1 the victory and the title.

Great results for the other two Maseratis: Ramos and Negraő, fresh from their recent success two weeks ago in France, got sixth place, and eight place for the debuting couple Matteo Bobbi and Pedro Lamy, driving car no.17 marked Vitasystem. The Championship will officially end on 23 November in San Luis, Argentina, along the road circuit made around a natural lake. 10 points are still at stake, and Bertolini-Bartels will have to handle the advantage of 8 points over Hezemans-Gollin to get first place in the Drivers' category.

Andrea Bertolini: "It was a team victory and solid proof that Bartels and I, when put under pressure, know how to react and give the best of ourselves, offering brilliant results. The team worked all night to fix yesterday's mishap, when the accelerator's butterfly valve malfunctioned and caused us to go out of the track, damaging the car. They did a great job. Today my Maserati was very fast as well as unbeatable, I'd add. I tried to keep cool during the first part of the race, when a false move could have been our undoing. Then we started to eat up the laps and Bartels ended his stint in great advantage from Hezemans. This enabled us to do an extraordinarily quick driver-tire change and refuelling and to proceed to win the race."

Michael Bartels: "Many people have asked me what is the secret of Maserati's and my team's four consecutive years of success. I think it is a matter of an extraordinary German and Italian blend of my group's work and the technical and design excellence of the MC12. In these years, they have consistently remained at the top in such a competitive event such as the FIA GT. The job, however, is not over yet. Now we are headed toward Argentina try our hand at the Drivers' Championship. We have our strategies to bring home the result we aim for."

Now the teams move on to Argentina for the final race in the series, where Vitaphone Racing Team drivers Andrea Bertolini and Michael Bartels hope to clinch the Drivers' Title!

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WINNERS - Andrea Bertolini and Michael Bartels on the podium
©Maserati/Studio Mazzi

The start of the FIA GT race at Zolder
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Vitaphone Racing #1 - Andrea Bertolini and Michael Bartels
©Maserati/Studio Mazzi

Vitaphone Racing #2 - Miguel Ramos and Alexandre Negraő
©Maserati/Studio Mazzi

Vitasystem Racing #17 - Matteo Bobbi and Pedro Lamy
©Maserati/Studio Mazzi

Vitaphone Racing #2 during a pit stop
Very sad news from Holland

"Dear Maseratisti,

I have just heard the sad news of the passing of Luuk De Weijer.

I didn't know him personally, but from what I hear from his friends; "He was always very friendly and welcoming, making everyone feel a part of the Maserati Family."

I offer my sincere condolences to his family and friends on their sad loss.

The Maserati Club of Holland have opened an on-line book of condolences at

From Maurizio in Japan

"Dear Maseratisti,

For those of you who enjoyed the photos from our mini meet at the Yamanaka Lake, here is the amateurish video I made of it:

Long live the Trident,

Maserati Club of Japan Member"


Enrico adds: "Most enjoyable, and don't forget to turn up the volume!!"

From Gert in Belgium


Here two photos of a car meeting at Zolder, according to Top Gear Belgium's second race track!

A nice Biturbo Spyder in very good condition and a rare De Tomaso Pantera!



From Maurizio in Japan

"Dear fellow Maseratisti,

Monday 13th October was a national holiday here in Japan and a few Maseratisti took the opportunity to have a drive up to Yamanaka Lake near Mount Fuji.

We were supposed to have a Barchetta with us but the owner was denied temporary plates by the local DVLA, so he showed up in his pristine Punto HGT Abarth instead.

Still, the weather was gorgeous and the drive up to the lake quite "spirited". We had two Ghibli Open Cups show up but unfortunately the red one had some engine issues and couldn't get to the Lake, though it made it to the lunch appointment after the drive.

Here below are a few photos, which I hope people will enjoy.

Long live the Trident,

Maserati Club of Japan Member."


Line-up at the Meeting Point

3200 GT

Ghibli Open Cup

Ghibli Cup

Quattroporte IV Evoluzione

Fiat Punto HGT Abarth

Maurizio's GranSport 'Elaborata'!

The Maserati line-up at Lake Yamanaka

Mount Fuji and Lake Yamanaka - an ideal setting for Maseratis!
From Roy in Germany

"Good evening Enrico,

I have looked in my Classic & Sports Car magazine where your article was in. It was in the August number from 2002.

If you like I can make a scan of it and mail it to you tomorrow, so let me now.

I also send some pictures of today, you can see the dealer badge on my window of the Biturbo and pictures from the other Italian that we have.




Roy's Biturbo has a new partner!



From PPC Magazine in the UK


We are dropping you a quick line to let you know about a Maserati 3200 GT (used / pre-owned) Buyer's Guide in a forthcoming issue of PRACTICAL PERFORMANCE CAR MAGAZINE.

Our forthcoming December issue will have a seven page Maserati 3200 GT Buyer's Guide feature as one of it's main features.

Kind Regards,

PPC Magazine."

From Philippe in Belgium

"Certo Enrico,

Ti mandero tutte le mie foto su un CD.

Quella e l'indirezza per vedere le fotos a Imola....

A presto,



A magnificent Maserati Quattroporte III at Imola

Philippe tries the Lamborghini Murcielage out for size!
From Roy in Germany

"Dear Enrico,

I just visit your website, what a lot of information and pictures. My name is Roy, I am Dutch but I live in Germany since this year.

I am a big fan of Italian cars. In April of this year I bought a red Alfa Romeo 164 Super, a very nice and here in Holland and Germany a exclusive car. Yesterday I bought my second Italian car, a Maserati Biturbo V6 from 1983, an Italian import, originally sold in Rome. The car is now red but I thing that the original color was White. I have to do some things on the car for I can drive it but it stays nice next to my Alfa 164 in my garage.

It was on 21 September of this year, That I have organised an Alfa Maserati meeting near my home in the village Kleve near the Dutch border. I had started the meeting at 13.00 on that Sunday and we had 37 cars, classic Alfa Romeos and Maseratis and one Nuova Fiat 500. We made a little trip also that day around Kleve. It was a very nice car with nice Italians cars. In April 2009 I will organise it again but with more cars.

I will make some picture of my Biturbo and mybe you like to use them for your website.

Hope to hear something from you.

Kind Regards,



Roy's Biturbo ready for the trip to Germany


Not quite there yet!

The Biturbo arrives home safely

The Biturbo gets to know his new Italian friend

The early Biturbo interior

Italian partners - Maserati and Alfa Romeo
From Mark in The Netherlands

"Dear Enrico,

I thought you'd like to hear about our trip to Italy for the 5th Marco Turci Memorial meeting.

This year we went together with OUR FRIEND Jorrit, who is our Maserati mechanic, he owns Auto Forza in Noordwijkerhouta, a (the best...) Maserati workshop over here in Holland. The original plan had been to go with three cars: my Shamal, Bart with his Karif and Jorrit with Bart's Biturbo Si. However, neither the Karif nor the Si were ready in time, so we took only the Shamal and Jorrit's Alfa Romeo 155 Q4 Turbo.

We left on Wednesday morning and had our Maserati day on the Thursday: first a factory tour, then a visit to Candini and Campana, and to end the day the Panini Museum. We met up with Davide on Wednesday night.

The Maseratis present: Quattroporte III of a well known German collector of Maseratis, who brought his Ghibli Open Cup on a trailer behind the Quattroporte! Brilliant!! Also, a Ghibli II (automatic), a red Shamal, an Indy (light blue) from Germany and an extremely nice black version of the Indy America, two Biturbo Spyders, two 3200 GTs and a Ghibli from France (same guys as last year) and my Shamal. A couple of De Tomaso Panteras (same guys as last year) and then the Lamborghinis: all modern cars.....Gallardo etc. No classics.

We visited the official and unofficial Lamborghini Museums and we had a factory tour at Automobili Lamborghini SpA, which was nice. Best part was meeting Sig. Valentino Balboni. Most pleasant and interesting!

Imola was great: nice to be at that circuit, and nice too see the Ghibli Open Cup "smash" a Porsche (and I don't mean that literally)......

Next day we had a sight-seeing tour which was fun with very good catering and a nice sun. Mirandola was like last year with the exception of the lunch.

Biggest fun was the meeting of the first owner of my Biturbo Si and the owner of an extremely nice 228 who happened to be a Maserati engineer during the Biturbo era.......

As a grande finale Davide had a performance as a trumpet soloist in a brass band but at that point only Bart, Jorrit and myself were present, the rest headed for home and were nowhere to be seen.........

Credits and respect for Davide who had a hard time and despite that managed to organise a weekend that had everything to be successful .........

This is a short version of it but I will send a more detailed one with the photos on a CD-rom......

All the best to Roger too.




We arrive in Modena with an extra passenger!

A quick visit to the Candini Workshop

Problem sorted! We're on our way.

But before we go, a quick look around the workshop.

Spyder Vignale on the ramp

A 3500GT and an A6G under restoration


The Maserati 320S




A sad sight! The abandoned De Tomaso factory

A visit to the Panini Museum

Maserati Tipo 63

5000GT by Allemano

Intended as a replacement for the Indy, known as the 124.

The Chubasco

Rear of the Chubasco

Maserati racers, from the sixties and nineties

Wall to wall Maserati classics!

A6GCS Berlinetta by Pinin Farina

A new addition, the Pagani Zonda

Davide and his Lancia V6 welcomes the participants

5th Marco Turci Memorial Meeting - the early arrivals

Alfa Romeo 155 Q4 Turbo

Ferrari Mondial

"Formation Dancing" performed by The Lamborghinios!

De Tomaso Guara Coupe

The De Tomaso Panteras

De Tomaso Pantera GTS

De Tomaso Pantera GTS

De Tomaso Pantera GTS

Lamborghini Diablo GTR Le Mans edition

Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder

Lamborghini Murcielago GTR

Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder

Lamborghini Diablo VT

Lamborghini Murcielago LP640

Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder

Lamborghini Gallardo

Maserati Shamal

Maserati Ghibli GT

Maserati Ghibli 1a serie

Maserati Quattroporte III

Maserati Shamal

Maserati 2.24v.

Maserati Spyder iE

Maserati Spyder 3a serie

Maserati Quattroporte 2a serie

Maserati 3200 GT

Lancia Thema V6

Maserati Merak SS

Lamborghini Jarama

Lamborghini Urracco S

Lamborghini Espada

The legendary Lamborghini Miura

Lamborghini V8 engine

Lamborghini V12 engine

Lamborghini V12 engine

Lamborghini Reventón

Lamborghini Reventón

Lamborghini Reventón

Maserati Indy America

Maserati Indy

Maseratis on display at Mirandola

Maserati 222


Maserati 3500GT

Maserati GranTurismo S

Maserati 3299 GT

Maserati Ghibli GT

Maserati Indy America

Maserati 2.24v.

Maserati Ghibli Cup

Maserati 228i

Maserati 228i

The cars on display in the Piazza Costituente, Mirandola



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