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Grille trident on a 1954 Maserati Tipo 250F
You can click on some pictures for a better view!!
From Henri in France to all Biturbo owners

"Hi Enrico,

Hello, my name is Henri ******* and I'm living close to Nice on the French Riviera. I've owned 5 Biturbos and this is a suggestion which could help a lot of people.

We're facing many electrical problems and they often stem from the relays. I should say they come from the fuses which are mounted on the relays. Those fuses are made of some kind of metallic conductor maintained on a piece of "steatit" and pinched between 2 small blades on the relay itself. It turns out that when many amps are flowing thru the fuse and the relay, the 2 contacts between the fuse and the 2 blades mentioned above are heating. This is simply Ohm's law consequence and should not hurt. But, when a contact begins to heat, it gets oxided and its resistance increases. This in turn increases the heat dissipated on the contact ..... and so on.... But this is more tricky than that. When heating, the steatit stuff begins to melt and the pressure between the fuses and the blades decreases ; and the contact resistance increases. You always end up with an open but with a fuse which looks good.

So my suggestion is: replace all the relays which are housing a steatit fuse by new relays with a fuse also, but the new ones which have fuses made with 2 spadelugs.

If you are reluctant to replace all of them, do the following first: Check for relays which have their small translucid cover slightly burned on each side of the fuse contacts. If the cover is burned or melt, it's because the contact resistance is too high and it will fail soon. I would be surprised if you dont have at least one or two relays like this on you car; the headlights, the fuel pump, the blowers for instance.....

Best regards,


From Rob in the UK

"Hi Enrico,

I have just read your article on the Tipo 60 re-creation by François, 'Symphony in Red', and thought you might like to show these photos of a Tipo 61 'Birdcage' #2453 taken at this year's Le Mans Classic.

Best regards,


From François in France


Je me permets de vous adresser quelques nouvelles photos de notre voiture au cours des essais que nous avons faits sur le circuit d'Alès.

Bien à vous,




Allow me to send you a few new photographs of our car during tests which we carried out on the circuit of Alès..of our car during tests which we carried out at the Alès circuit.



From Newspress
PRESS RELEASE: Embargo Tuesday 11th November 2003


This is the conclusion Autocar magazine in association with the RAC Foundation has reached after carrying out extensive research into the speed camera debate.

Steve Sutcliffe, editor of Autocar magazine said: "Speed cameras are a £150 million failure. They do not deter drivers from speeding, are remarkably unsuccessful at saving lives and may well cause accidents of their own. Their presence has meant the removal of police from our roads, so thousands of serious driving offences now go undetected."

As an alternative Autocar believes speed cameras could even be putting lives at risk because:

  • there are no longer as many police cars on our roads because the police now rely too much on     cameras to catch speeders, which means there are also...

  • more drunk drivers going undetected

  • more drugged drivers going undetected

  • more defective vehicles on our roads than ever before

  • therefore our roads have become more dangerous than ever to drive on BECAUSE there are so     many cameras on them

    Autocar has discovered that while the number of speeding drivers caught by cameras has risen four-fold to more than 1million since 1996, there has been a less than five per cent reduction in the number of road deaths.

    Also, the most lethal 10 roads in the country (as designated by Euro RAP) are covered by just FOUR speed cameras.

    "Accident figures show younger male drivers cause more accidents, but it is the middle-aged professionals between 45 - 54 that are being caught by cameras. People being caught by cameras are not the ones causing the accidents - so something is wrong with our policing," stated Edmund King, Executive Director, The RAC Foundation.

    The reliance on the speed camera as the only form of policing is, Autocar believes, the root of the problem. Traffic police are being switched to other duties deemed more politically sensitive, with the cameras employed in their place: more serious road offences are therefore going largely undetected. Meanwhile, the otherwise law-abiding citizen is the one repeatedly punished for minor discretions, with the threat of losing their licence as well as their livelihood.

    The lack of traffic police is illustrated by the dramatic fall in written warnings handed out to drivers of dangerous or unroadworthy vehicles, which has halved between 1996 and 2001. That equates to another half a million dangerous cars undetected. More worryingly, the lack of traffic police has led to a fall of 50,000 in the number of dangerous driving offences detected.

    Autocar have forwarded its findings to the government and has suggested that the manifesto it has put together is taken on board as a starting point of a major serious campaign to cut road deaths.

    The 10 major points of the Autocar manifesto are:

      1. Improve driver education and training

      2. Position speed cameras in genuine black-spot areas

      3. Get traffic police back on the road

      4. Establish an expert body to set all speed limits

      5. Improve the driving test

      6. Give the Driver & Vehicle Licensing Agency more teeth

      7. Implement a graded licence for new drivers

      8. Revamp the licence penalty points system

      9. Engineer existing roads for greater safety

    10. Begin a major, sustained roads-building programme


    For further information contact:-

    Paul Barker, Autocar 0208 267 5585

    Karen Parry, Autocar PR 01784 449707 / 07903 955 696

    Edmund King RAC Foundation 0207 747 3485 / 07850 786960

    To book an interview please call Karen on 07903 955 696

    From Enrico at the Classic Car Show
    The National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham

    After an absence of two years the Maserati Club stand returned to the NEC in Birmingham. Literally hundreds of enthusiasts made there way onto the stand to view what was undoubtedly the best display of exotic classic machinery on one stand.

    If you missed it today, you can still catch it tomorrow. We'll be there, make sure you are. We'll be waiting!!


    Enthusiasts fill the Maserati Club stand!!

    The 400 bhp engine of the 4200 Spyder

    Recreation of a Tipo 300S #3057

    Sebring (series II) by Vignale

    Ghibli SS Spyder by Ghia

    2.8-litre Biturbo Spyder SE

    1932 Tipo 4CS with coachwork by Brianza

    1959 OSCA Formula Junior with coachwork by Morelli

    '510 bhp at the wheels!!!!' A 1938 Tipo 8CTF

    1955 Tipo A6G 54 by Pietro Frua

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