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From RIA Novosti in Russia

Latvian mushroom hunter finds $140,000 Maserati in forest

RIGA, September 7 (RIA Novosti) - A Latvian mushroom picker has found a Maserati sports car worth $140,000 in a deep forest near the Gulf of Riga, local police said Friday.

The luxury car, which was missing its plates, was covered with a camouflage net.

Police are trying to determine whether the car was stolen and are searching for whoever concealed it in the forest.

"Anyone out there lost a Maserati??"

From The Whitehaven News in the UK


by David Siddall

A researcher is seeking help in finding out more about a wealthy Gosforth woman who was a backer of Britain’s motor racing scene in the 1930s.

The racing teams Marjorie Hall-Smith backed entered such gruelling and high risk events as the 1937 and 1938 Grand Prix races at Donington, where they competed against the might of the Nazi-financed Mercedes.

Mrs Hall-Smith (1885-1950) lived at Ellerslie House, Gosforth, in the 1930s, where she died in 1950 (January 12) aged 64. apparently leaving no immediate family.

Marjorie Hall-Smith was born Marjorie Wrigley, in 1885, the daughter of a wealthy paper manufacturer from Bury, Lancashire.

She was widowed twice in quick succession when her first husband, John Hutchinson, the wealthy son of a cotton spinner, from Prestwich, Manchester, was killed, in 1914, in France, serving in the First World War. Her second husband, a Canadian, Philip Hall-Smith, was killed in 1919, in a flying accident while serving with the RAF.

She would have inherited considerable wealth, both from her own family and from that of her first husband, John Hutchinson.

In 1936 she established a racing team to run a succession of racing cars in top-flight motor races, for the young Oxford graduate Robin Lewes Hanson (1908-1991).

The cars included an MG, a Maserati 6CM (which was used for most of the races) and an ERA (English Racing Automobiles).

The team competed in races throughout Britain and Europe, including the 1937 and 1938 Grand Prix races at Donington, where Hanson competed against the might of the Nazi-financed Mercedes and Auto Union teams.

The team stopped racing in the middle of 1939, when Hanson joined the RAF.

Motor Racing historian Adam Ferrington said: “I am currently carrying out research for an article about a motor racing team (the equivalent of a Grand Prix team which competed in the late 1930s) which was owned by a rich widow, Mrs. Marjorie Hall-Smith, who lived at Ellerslie House, Gosforth.

Mrs. Hall-Smith died in 1950 and I have been able to find out relatively little about her."

Adam was wondering whether any of my readers might remember her, or know anything about her and could please contact him at

My grateful thanks to David Siddall and The Whithaven News for granting me permission to publish this article.


Maserati GB were once again present at the eighth running of the Goodwood Revival meeting held at the historic Goodwood Motor Circuit which welcomed a record breaking 116,000 spectators over the course of the weekend.

Splendid examples of the Trident Marque were out in force throughout the weekend with a total of 23 classic Maseratis thundering around the circuit. A selection of historic cars were engaged in wheel-to-wheel racing action, including some of the Trident’s earliest racing cars, including two Maserati 4CMs and five 250Fs to name but a few.

Thanks to an interview for Italian television RAI and the kindness of its current owner Andrea Burani, Sir Stirling Moss was reunited with the 300S that he raced at the Nürburgring in the 1950s, and Pink Floyd drummer and car enthusiast Nick Mason also took to the track in his own 1959 Maserati Birdcage Tipo 61.

Photo courtesy of Maserati

Sir Stirling Moss is reunited with the very
Maserati 300S he had raced at the ‘Ring in the ‘50s

Photo courtesy of Maserati

Nick Mason in “action” onboard his
1959 Maserati Birdcage Tipo 61


During the course of the Goodwood Revival weekend, Maserati GB hosted a series of events for its clients: on Friday a cocktail party at Goodwood House for all the drivers and their guests, followed by a private dinner, and on Sunday 130 guests, including football legend Ian Wright, were treated to sumptuous hospitality and could admire a selection of both modern and classic Maseratis. The stunning display of Maserati Quattroportes in both the Sport GT and Executive GT incarnations flanked the new GranTurismo alongside two of the Trident’s most evocative classics, the 1960 3500 GT and a 1967 Ghibli which commanded the admiration of all.


Photo courtesy of Maserati

The Maserati event at Goodwood House


The new GranTurismo took centre stage at the Maserati New Car Display situated outside of the main circuit, which welcomed the crowds arriving at the Goodwood Revival.


Photo courtesy of Maserati

The Maserati GranTurismo at the New Car Display at Goodwood

From The Goodwood Revival 2007

Well the great event arrived and I set off on the Friday in anticipation of seeing more great racing Maseratis.

One car that I was in particularly interested in seeing out on the track was the Cooper-Maserati T61P 'Monaco', that had been recently restored. The last time I saw it, it was on display at the Rosso Bianco Museum in Germany, but now in the hands of a private collector here in England.

I wasn't disappointed, it looked fantastic. The Cooper-Maserati T61P 'Monaco' is powered by a massive 5-litre V8 and I couldn't wait to hear that engine roar!

I wandered around the paddock/pit area photographing all the Maseratis that I could see, and although I didn't hear that engine, I certainly got a good look at that Cooper-Maserati, fantastic!

Alas, once again my stay at Goodwood was a short one. My back started to play up again, and I was forced to make a quick exit. Advancing in years is a terrible thing!

The Event Programme

The serious mechanics!

The not so serious!

The Maserati Monopostos: 1932-1957

The Maserati Sportscars

The Aston Martin GTs ...

... and the Sportscars!

Two ways to start a Maserati monoposto:
The easy way, with modern technology, and ...

... the hard way. A real team EFFORT!

1934 Maserati Tipo 8CM

1936 Maserati Tipo 6CM

1937 Maserati Tipo 6CM

1932 Maserati Tipo 4CM

1956 Maserati Tipo 250F

1955 Maserati Tipo 250F

1956 Maserati Tipo 250F

Maserati Tipo 250F

1951 Maserati Tipo A6GCM

195? Maserati Tipo 4CLT

195? Maserati Tipo 4CLT

1959 Maserati Tipo 61 'Birdcage'

1955 Maserati Tipo 300S

1956 Maserati Tipo 150S

1956 Maserati Tipo 300S

1957 Maserati Tipo 250S

1955 Maserati Tipo A6GCS

1955 Maserati Tipo A6GCS

1964 Cooper-Maserati T61P 'Monaco'






Visitors and competitors racing at this year’s Goodwood Revival, held over this weekend, 31 August to 2 September, have deemed the historic motor sport event the best one yet with record crowds of 116,000 soaking up the unique Revival atmosphere.

Fantastic racing and equally enthralling theatre all around the event site made the tenth running of the event the most appealing yet. New Revival attractions, such as the impressive ‘Woad Corner’ Art-Deco car showroom, displaying a mouth-watering selection of pre-1966 Ferraris, generated a huge amount of interest. The legendary Revival air displays and tributes (a celebration of the racing career of Roy Salvadori and 40 years of the Cosworth-DFV engine) also entertained the crowds enormously, as did the unlikely sight of pre-1966 caravans being towed around the Goodwood track by appropriate period cars.

Awards were handed out throughout the weekend, with 10 glamorous ladies going home with floral bouquets and bottles of Veuve Clicquot champagne on Saturday, in the world’s first Ladies Day for the best-dressed females at the event. Irishman Joe Dible was awarded the ‘Freddie March Spirit of Aviation’ trophy for his delightful Foster-Wikner ‘Wicko’ aircraft, flown-in as one of 26 entrants in the inaugural pre-1966 aircraft concours d’elegance, which proved to be a big hit with the Revival visitors.

Following some exceptionally fine motor racing, at the close of the successful meeting Lord March handed out the prizes to the race winners. The spectacularly quick Desire Wilson receiving the Fastest Lap by a Lady Driver award for her efforts aboard the Willment Cobra Coupe in the RAC TT Celebration: she was sublime in the monstrous V8 GT car. The Fastest Lap of the Meeting award went to Frank Sytner (at 106.94mph) for his drive in the Lola T70 during Saturday’s Whitsun Trophy. The Best Presented Team Award went to Chris Williams and Neil Turner for their novel interpretation of the 40 years of the Beatles' Sergeant Pepper album at the Goodwood ball on Saturday evening.

The Spirit of Goodwood Award deservedly went to Bill Murray and Larry Miller for their near super human efforts to sort their Shelby Daytona Cobra in time for the TT race. Having flown the car over from the US and then blown the engine, they located a replacement in London, commandeered a helicopter to retrieve it, assembled an engine hoist in the paddock and changed the V8 through the night on the eve of the race, and then made the start.

The Will Hoy Memorial Trophy presented to the driver who puts in the best performance in a closed-cockpit car went to Jamie Boot. Punted out of the lead on the first lap of Saturday’s Fordwater Trophy, his drive through to second at the flag (originally third, amended after the winning car was later disqualified), will live with anyone who witnessed it. But there could only be one winner of the Rolex Driver of the Meeting – Jean-Marc Gounon. The manifestly enthusiastic Frenchman, who only experienced historic racing for the first time at last year’s Revival, starred in everything he drove – and he drove a lot. After putting on an epic display of car control in the St. Mary’s Trophy, winning on the road in Saturday’s encounter, he came away with a thoroughly deserved win in the Sussex Trophy with Sir Anthony Bamford’s Aston Martin DBR2 on Sunday.

The ISO Bizzarini A3CDespite a few spins, there were no major racing incidents over the three-day event, with Martin Stretton being the only driver needing any form of medical treatment for a broken elbow as a result of an accident in his ISO Bizzarini A3C in the one-hour Royal Automobile Club TT race. Martin is fine and back home already.

Plans for next year’s Goodwood Revival, scheduled to take place at some time during September 2008 (dates still to be confirmed), are already underway. Goodwood will be celebrating the tenth anniversary since the first Revival meeting in 1998, so there should be plenty of surprises to look forward to.

Text courtesy of Goodwood Press Office

From Horacio in Argentina

"Caro Enrico

Te envio fotos de la reunion que hemos realizado, en Buenos Aires, por la la finalizacion de la restauracion de la 200 SI del año 1956, chassis 2417 motor 2417, que pertenecio a Bruno Ruffo.

Actualmente, se encuentra, en manos de un coleccionista Argentino.

Entre este grupo de amigos, se encuentra Carlo Tomasi, piloto de la fabrica Maserati entre los años 1954 y 1957, que participo en las 24 Horas de Le Mans en varias oportunidades, los 1000 Km de Buenos Aires etc.

La persona mayor, y de pelo blanco es Carlo Tomasi, el antiguo piloto de Maserati que compartio con De Portago una A6GCS en las 24 horas de Le Mans en 1954, esta conmigo junto a la 3500, que tu ya conoces.

Tambien ves mi Maserati 3500, que cada dia anda mejor, y es muy agradable para la ruta.




"Dear Enrico,

I am sending you some photos of the reunion that we have made, in Buenos Aires, for the conclusion of the restoration of the 200 SI of year 1956, chassis #2417 engine #2417, that once belonged to Bruno Ruffo.

At the moment, it can be found, in the hands of an Argentine collector.

Among this group of friends, can be found Carlo Tomasi, driver for Maserati factory between the years 1954 and 1957, who participated in the 24 Hours of Le Mans on several ooccasions, the 1000 km of Buenos Aires etc.

The tall gentleman, with the white hair is Carlo Tomasi, the Maserati driver of yesteryear that partnered with De Portago in an A6GCS at the 24 hours of Le Mans in 1954. He is with me next to the 3500GT, which your already know.

Also you can see my Maserati 3500 GT, that goes better every day, and is very pleasant for the road.











From Wim in Belgium

"Dear Enrico,

Congrats with your marvellous website!

After I recently bought and imported (what a nightmare!) my lovely Maserati Racing, I made it my home page - peeking regularly whether some news has been added.

I have a few questions on my car, which I hope may be easy to answer by some more knowledgeable Maserati enthusiasts.

My car came with 205/45R16 on 7Jx16 OZ alloys at the front, and 225/45R16 on 8Jx16 at the back. Strangely, the latest 2.24v came with 205/50R16, which seems like a better choice upfront, as my ground clearance is pretty bad. A protection bar has been added in front of the carter, as I ran out of oil the first day I drove it.

Since I need new rubber, I was hoping I could put some wider tires on it as well. Were there an other tire sizes approved for the Maserati Racing? I'm trying to stick to the original 16", but what did other people put on their cars, when moving to 17"?

With 16", it's pretty difficult to find wider tires, while still keeping the diameter within the legal limits (-2% / +1.5%) of the above tires.

Does the A/C panel of a Ghibli fit the Racing? Mechanically it seems to fit, but I'm not sure about the electronics.

This is just out of curiosity, as it is working fine, but seems a bit out of place in an otherwise very neat car.

Thanks for any feedback.

Find attached some pics of my new beloved car.

Kind regards,



Wim's Maserati Racing!




"Hi Wim,

Thank you for your emails.I'm not sure about the air/con control panel, but I will find out for you.

Don't worry about the number plate, I will remove all of them.

The wheel/tyre type approval for homologation of the Maserati Racing:

Front: 205/45 ZR 16 or 205/50 ZR 16
Rear: 225/45 ZR 16



From Julien in Switzerland

"Dear Enrico,

I have some feedback for the size of the tyres that could be fitted to the Racing of Wim in Belgium. In fact I own a 222E that was fitted with 17" Mille Miglia wheels when I bought it. I had 215/40/17 at the front and 235/40/17 at the rear; everything was homologated in Switzerland (where I live).

Those wheels gave incredible traction but were very uncomfortable, with a lot of tramlining. That also gave a lot of work for the power steering and wheel bearings (I had to replace both).

I recently replaced those wheels with exactly the set up Wim's Racing have (16" with 205/45 and 225/45), and the handling and roadholding of the car is far better for me; so I wouldn't recommend fitting 17" to the non-Ghibli Biturbos.

Congratulations for you wonderful site.

Kind regards,


From Andy in Japan

"Hi Enrico,

Hope you are keeping well.

I thought it was about time I sent you a few more photos of Maserati I've spotted here in Tokyo, but I'll also throw in a couple of photos taken on a recent business trip to Hong Kong.

Kind regards,



The new Maserati Quattroporte in excellent company!

Black Power - a Maserati GranSport Spyder

A Maserati Spyder always attracts attention!

The brutish yet sleek Maserati GranSport!

Ooops! A 3200GT with a new nose job!!

That's better! A Maserati GranSport without the nose job!

A modern classic - the Maserati 3200GT
with those 'boomerang' rear lights!

A high powered executive
- needs a high powered Maserati Quattroporte!
From Enrico in Austria


As a proud owner of a 1970 Mexico I visit your website regularly. My Mexico is currently getting ready after one and a half year hibernation, so I just have one picture.

Concerning Maserati meetings, I enclose two pictures of a nice classic car meeting here in Austria I took part at with a friend in his Mistral Spyder three weeks ago. The red car on the left is a Maserati 450 S, in the second picture you can see how it was transported.

I am also chief editor of Austria’s most important car magazine. So, take a look at some pictures along with the English text of a story we published in our current issue.

Greetings from Austria!



Enrico's Maserati Mexico - a real beauty!

Maseratis, and one Dalmation, at a classic car meet in Austria ...

... and a Maserati 450S arrives in style!
From ALLES AUTO in Austria

Maserati GranTurismo & Maserati Indy - A Family Reunion

Text by Enrico Falchetto - Photography by Robert May


Gran Turismo simply means big journey. So, let’s go on a big journey with a Maserati Indy – from 1974 through to the present to meet its latest ancestor, the brand new trident coupé GranTurismo.

Big names form the V8 GT story of Maserati. Mexico and Khamsin, Kyalami and Shamal even today sound like music in the ears of moneyed gentleman drivers. The most successful of all trident 2+2 seaters yet was the Indy, introduced in 1968 and ceased seven years later, the coupé scored a number of units of more than 1100.


The brand new Maserati GranTurismo meets ...

... one of his great ancestors, the Indy 4.9 from 1974

The two Maserati GTs are separated by about three decades in construction – and poles apart in design


Optically a little outshined by the bigger, but two seats smaller, Ghibli, the Indy combined the design and power of a sports car with the comfort and room of a luxury limousine.

The GranTurismo on the road

US owners have to be grudged, just imagine the front of the GranTurismo not being defaced by a license plate
The Indy 4900 on the road

Composed in the 60s, the Maserati Indy even today signalizes clearly how a GT sports car has to appear

This might be the reason why so may owners called it their own for quite a long time, like the famous cartoon creator Walt Disney on this side, and the famous soccer star Paul Breitner on the other side of the ocean. Ernst Gruber pledges loyalty to his ruby colored Indy even since 1980, at that time the Austrian innkeeper bought it from the first owner for the converted price of 13,500 dollars.

Currently, the Veglia Borletti clock shows 67,000 miles. Other Maserati came and went in “Casa Gruber”, like a Khamsin, two Ghiblis and a Bora. The Indy stayed to this day. Once the body had to be restored, once the engine and once the interior. The latter costed some thousands of dollars – and the lives of about seven cows.

Cockpit of the GranTurismo

Wood & leather cite similarly natured parent models, with the help of navigation system, automatic gearbox, cup holders and cruise control the GranTurismo is certainly the more competent travel companion
Cockpit of the Indy 4900

Earlier Indys had a less attractive cockpit. On this particular car, cognac colored leather, red carpets and red dashboard cover create a delicious atmosphere

Seldom the Indy caused frustration, more often it provided plenty of pleasure. "The car feels really well when running at about 110 mph on the highway“, Ernst Gruber reports. Generally, with for seats that deserve their name, a trunk that the official brochure attests a size of 17,7 cubic feet, and an air condition that was as standard as power windows and power steering, you are on-route in an astonishingly modern way.

However, an “indypendent” suspension is only found on the front wheels, but the rigid rear axle with leaf springs forms a predictable character concerning steering behavior. A German automotive journalist once wrote: “Cornering gets the more joyful the faster you go.” And after all, the Indy who’s name should remind us of the Maserati victory at the 500 miles of Indianapolis in 1939 and 1940 is the first trident car with an integral body.

The GranTurismo - 4.2-litre V8 engine

The 4.2 liter V8 is placed quite well hidden and far moved to the back in the engine bay of the GranTurismo ...
The Indy 4900 - 4.9-litre V8 engine

... 4.2 liter was also the displacement of the Indy at it’s debut in 1968, for the last 300 examples it had to be 4.9 liters

Also ventilated disc brakes do not raise vintage car feeling, least of all the athletic engine does. Though the 4.9 liter V8 never achieved 320 bhp like Maserati enthusiastically promised complaints about lack of power were unusual.

With four chain driven overhead camshafts this race engine derivated V8 was ahead of the times. Indeed, a quartet of twin carburetors from Eduardo Weber, the neighbor from Bologna, cared about the gas and air cocktail instead of the vulnerable Lucas injection like in some six-cylinder parent model or in the ultra rare 5000 GT.

The GranTurismo - wheels

Wheels now ...
the shoulders of the tires became smaller...
The Indy 4900 - wheels

... and then:
... the rims bigger, magnesium became aluminium

Today, things of course look a little different. Four valve technology and fuel injection are courteous for Maserati since quite a long time, and turbo charging is not already en vogue since 2001. The brand new GranTurismo is based on the current Quattroporte that embellishes our streets since its introduction four years ago – even though in homeopathic doses only.

The new GT became a big car, thanks to front/mid-engine it is twinkle-toed in handling whereas a wheelbase of 9.65 feet has to be manoeuvered around corners anyway. In hairpin bends you also would like to wish for some more power out of low revs. But on it’s debut in 1968, the Indy also had a displacement of “only” 4.2 liters. Advances up to 4.7 followed, later on to 4.9 liters like on our model car. And so even today you can hear about a more powerful version of the GranTurismo – not only on test tracks around the Maserati factory in Modena.

The GranTurismo - rear seating

Two real four-seaters. And, look how time flies:
the back in the GranTurismo offers cup holders ...
The Indy 4900 - rear seating

... the one in the Indy – politically correct at that time – an ashtray

The automatic gearbox was an option on the Indy at that time, today it is obligatory on the GranTurismo. What might sound boring is a blessing in real life – mainly if you remind the sequential gearbox of early 4200 GTs and the first Quattroporte V. The torque converter automatic (by the way, with ZF Maserati engaged the same supplier like for the manual gearbox of the Indy) seems to operate just as fast but much smoother at the same time. All-too speedy drivers can check it out in sport mode or patronizingly intervene via shifting pedals behind the steering wheel. The gentleman driver however, activates the winter mode and smoothly launches in second gear.

The taut but never hard suspension setting perfectly goes with the character of the GranTurismo, the adequately precise steering is mainly smooth when the car is moving slowly, the Brembo brake system little fine to dose. And not only those who just changed from a long ago Maserati GT will shake their heads when looking at the trunk capacity.

The GranTurismo - rear boot space

You can really go on a grand tour with these GranTurismos.
On the Indy, luggage has to be lifted much higher ...
The Indy 4900 - rear boot space

... but has got more room to dispread thereafter. An optional
roller blind protected cargo against inquisitive eyes

Multimedia devices, power seats, bi-xenon-lights and cruise control will zoom you into a modern world when changing from the Indy. Fortunately, also in the new GranTurismo sporty cultivated V8 sound recalls the great GT era of the 60s and 70s. A nice bow back to the golden times is also drawn by the lovingly handwork of the precious interior.

Of course, also the body of the new GT in the Maserati stable is breathtakingly beautiful. Only the design of the rear lights appears a little uninspired – courage concerning this seems to be frozen in 1998 with the big boomerang shot on the 3200 GT. Compared to this, the simple tail of the Indy looks more harmonious, even with the bigger lights of the later 4.9 models.

The GranTurismo - frontal styling detail

Front styling now and then:
big mouth on the GranTurismo ...
The Indy 4900 - frontal styling detail

... hidden headlamps on the Indy

Looking for a Maserati Indy today, you should fork out at least 25.000 dollars and preferably watch out for a car of the 70's production. And you should not be put off by nightmare scenarios about Italian divas. Classic V8 coupés by Maserati are considered as relatively robust and reliable, provided that the previous owners were caretakers. But of course, character actors like the Indy already deserve more than a minimum of affection.


I would like to thank Enrico Falchetto and ALLES AUTO magazine for granting me permission to publish this excellent article for our enjoyment.

From Stan in the UK

"Hi Enrico,

As discussed yesterday here are some photos of a Maserati Barchetta which I took when we went to the Silver Flag Hill Climb in June.

I'll send some more pics of other Maseratis in a separate email. I must confess that I have not got round to putting model types against each one - something to do over the winter I guess!

Also attached are some pictures I took from the Maserati display when we went to Monza for the FIA GT race (the weekend before the Sliver Flag)...

Best regards,



The Silver Flag Hill Climb: Castell'Arquato - Vernasca


A 1992 Maserati Barchetta at the Silver Flag Hill Climb

The Barchetta follows a 1960 OSCA SF 392






#94 - A 1953 Maserati A6GCS by Scaglietti
at the Silver Flag Hill Climb

#73 - A 1953 Maserati 150S
at the Silver Flag Hill Climb

#108 - A 1948 Maserati 4CLT 'San Remo'
at the Silver Flag Hill Climb

#71 - A 1956 Maserati 150S
at the Silver Flag Hill Climb

#96 - A 1955 Maserati A6GCS
at the Silver Flag Hill Climb

The FIA GT Championship: Monza


Pininfarina's fabulous Maserati Birdcage 75th

The 12-cylinder Maserati Tipo 250F T2

The Maserati Tipo 420M/50 'Eldorado'

The 630 bhp 6-litre V12 engine of the Maserati MC12
From Olaf in Germany

"Hi Enrico,

Can you do me a favour and add these photos to your homepage?

We are looking for the previous owner of this Maserati 3500 GT Vignale Spyder. We have tried to find out, but the documents have been lost. Any information or details would be most welcome.



If you have any information concerning this 3500GT Vignale Spyder, please contact Olaf Boecking at Thank you!

There is a reward of EURO 500 - for all information regarding details of derivation!



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