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Trident on the inspection plate of a Tipo 8CL
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From Eduardo in Spain

"Hello Enrico,

I recently upgraded the front suspension of my Ghibli Open Cup. Marcello Candini told me about this kit that gives a more accurate braking so I decided to upgrade. The car is really nice now.

I send you a picture of the interior. I have now a new leather Sparco carbon fibre bucket seat and new original Momo Corse steering wheel with an OMP adjustable spacer.




Leather Sparco carbon fibre bucket seat and new original Momo Corse steering wheel with an OMP adjustable spacer
From Felice in Italy

One of those moments for a Maseratista to savour!!

"Caro Enrico,

credo di fare cosa gradita nell'inviarTi qualche immagine relative alla consegna della mia MC Victory giovedì scorso in Maserati.

Clamoroso !!! MI hanno assegnato la numero 003/180 !!!

Mi hanno accompagnato Amici Maseratisti e Parenti (stretti) ed erano presenti, per Maserati la deliziosa Francesca Mannelli, il prode Maurizio Bruno, il "Tecnico" Gennaro Zecca e Ivo Locatelli (per Rossocorsa).

La Victory è bellissima e, come si pensava, appare più precisa negli inserimenti in curva e sembra anche più stabile ad alta velocità sul dritto. Un vero gioiello !

Ti mando un caro saluto ed un abbraccio.

Ciao. Buone Vacanze!


"Dear Enrico,

I hope you will be happy that I am sending you a few photos of me taking delivery of an MC Victory last Thursday at Maserati.

Sensational!!! They have given me the number 003/180 !!!

I was accompanied by Maserati friends and close relatives, for Maserati the charming Francesca Mannelli, the gallant Maurizio Bruno, the "Technical" Gennaro Zecca and Ivo Locatelli (on behalf of Rossocorsa).

The Victory is beautiful and, as you would think, it appears to be more precise when cornering and seems more stable on the straight at high speed. A real jewel!

I am sending you warm greetings and a hug.

Bye. Have a good holiday!



Felice and his MC Victory with Maserati friends

Signor Manicardi explains the merits of the MC Victory in Maserati's lavishly appointed showroom

A delighted Felice exits the factory having taken delivery of his MC Victory
From Andy in the UK

Northern Italian Car Night - Brighouse

"Hi Enrico,

Just thought I'd let you know about a meeting I've been arranging for a while now in Brighouse, West Yorkshire. It's held on the last Tueesday of every month and we've not had any Maseratis turn up yet!

This month's meet will be on Tuesday 25th July.

See for pics of last month!

Hope to see you there,


From Enrico in the UK

MECCANO Magazine - March 1955


I recently came into possession of an early copy of Meccano magazine from March 1995. The cover featured a coloured illustration entitled "Maserati 250F at Oulton Park" that was based on a photograph taken by Meccano Magazine reader W.R. Hamilton. On reading the magazine I came across this interesting article by the Editor, Frank Riley, B. Sc. and thought I might share it with you.


Meccano Magazine was published from 1916 to 1981. It was a general purpose boy's magazine primarily aimed at Meccano enthusiasts, but it also featured articles on variety of interesting subjects. One of those interesting articles was this one:


Our cover this month, which is based on a photograph taken by W. R. Hamilton, Cheadle Huhne, a reader of the M.M., shows Alf Francis, who is first mechanic for Stirling Moss, at work on the Maserati in which that great driver took part in two races at the Oulton Park International Motor Racing meeting organised by the Mid-Cheshire Car Club and the Daily Dispatch in August last. This car was not Stirling's own Maserati, in which he had won at Aintree earlier in the year. This had suffered engine troubles in a previous event, and the car seen on the cover is a special one that was flown over at short notice, so that Stirling could take part in this meeting.

The Maserati of course is an Italian car, and is seen painted red, the racing colour of Italy, but the nose of the machine is painted green, the English racing colour, in view of Stirling's own nationality. It is numbered 7. Stirling always takes this number whenever possible, as he likes it and thinks of it as his lucky number. The Maserati in which he raced at Aintree at the Spring and Autumn meetings of last year also was numbered 7. Another interesting point is that Stirling's cars always have on them a small Union Jack, an adornment on which he insists.

Flying the car over to this country from Italy, and the meticulous preparation that Alf Francis gave it, brought their full reward in the two events for which it was entered, for Stirling won both. The first was a 100-mile Formula l Gold Cup race, in which Stirling's average speed was 83.48 m.p.h. The second was a Formule Libre 75-mile event in which his average was 82.91 m.p.h. His full out speed on the course was about 140 m.p.h.

I last saw Stirling on the day before the Autumn Motor Racing meeting at Aintree, Liverpool. As we parted he asked me what kind of weather Liverpool had in store for the meeting next day. I immediately said that the afternoon would be fine and dry, and added that he himself would win all three of the races for which he was entered. He seemed amused. But the afternoon was fine and he did win all the events in which he took part.

It was certainly Stirling's day at Aintree on 2nd October last. He was driving a Maserati in two of the races. One of these was the Daily Telegraph Trophy Race of 17 laps, in which he took the lead immediately and maintained it throughout, at the end leading Mike Hawthorn in the Vauxhall Special, his average speed being 85.43 m.p.h. The second was the Formule Libre Race, also of 17 laps, and in winning this event he set up a record for the Aintree course by completing the fastest lap, at 89.55 m.p.h.

The third race was in the 500 c.c. class, in which Stirling drove a Beart-Cooper Norton. Here again he ran right away from the field at the start and continually increased his lead, showing his remarkable style and capacity throughout.

Aintree looks like being a happy hunting ground for Stirling. So far only two meetings have been held there, the one I have just referred to and the opening meeting in blay of last year. On the latter occasion he won the Formule Libre Aintree 200, the final of which consisted of 34 laps, in his Maserati, with the average speed of 77.7 m.p.h. Again he won the 500 c.c. scratch race in the Beart-Cooper Norton, his run including the fastest lap at 72.19 m.p.h.

Returning for a moment to the Autumn Aintree meeting, I wonder how many readers noted the remarkable eight days in Stirling's racing career that ended there. These began at Goodwood, on the previous Saturday, when the Autumn meeting of the B.A.R.C. was held. The big race of that day was the Goodwood Trophy, 21 laps, in which Stirling drove in his calm and easy fashion to finish in the lead, the average speed over this course being 91.49 m.p h. He also made the fastest lap at almost 93 m.p.h. On that day he also scored two seconds and a third. The first of his seconds was in a 500 c.c. race, the second in a sports car race in which he drove a Lister-Bristol, and his third was achieved in the Woodcote Cup, in which he drove a Maserati. Incidentally, he made the fastest lap in the first two of these three races also, and in the 500 c.c. race he created a Goodwood lap record for cars of that capacity, 83.88 m.p.h.

Now just look back over these events, and you will realise that he won races at first class meetings in three widely different types of car, namely the 500 c.c. class, a sports car and the Maserati, a car designed and constructed with Grand Prix racing in view. Remembering also his achievements in such famous Rallies as the Monte Carlo and Alpine events, this shows that Stirling is no specialist, but is the complete motorist, capable of holding his own in all aspects of motor sport. His style and the ease of his driving make this possible. He understands cars, and is a master of the art of "taking them along" to get what he wants from them.

I am not sure that "driving" is the right word for this art, for it rather implies compulsion or force, and Stirling does not force his cars at all; he persuades them, with hands and feet that he moves thoughtfully and at exactly the right time to achieve what he wants in the most economical way, one that is calculated to allow the car itself to give full vent to its power. I suppose that there are racing drivers whose movements are violently energetic, and who themselves radiate an air of power proportional to that of the cars they drive. But that is not the way of the masters.

To illustrate this let me take you to a race that Stirling lost, a race that to me reveals one of the qualities that lie behind his remarkable successes in the motor racing world. This was the Italian Grand Prix at Monza in September of last year, a race that calls for high speed and acceleration. In it Stirling was battling with such famous drivers as Fangio, in a Mercedes-Benz, and Ascari, both world champions, with Gonzalez, Villoresi, Mike Hawthorn and many others.

Driving steadily and easily, Moss eventually came into third place, within reach of the two leaders, Fangio in his Mercedes-Benz and Ascari in his Ferrari. At the half distance the latter was a second ahead of Fangio and behind these came Moss and Villoresi, also in a Maserati. The two latter moved up, and then Villoresi tackled the leaders, only to retire with his clutch out of order. Moss now took up the running. First he swept past Fangio and then on the 45th lap he passed Ascari, and once in the lead, with the two greatest drivers of the present age pressing him, he drove on completely at ease and unruffled.

Perhaps it is very easy to be unruffled when leading or winning, but how many of us can preserve calm when our hopes and expectations are suddenly crushed? With 10 laps to go, and still leading, 20 seconds ahead of Fangio, Stirling suddenly found that his oil pressure was falling. He pulled into the pit, more oil was hastily poured in and off he went again in pursuit of Fangio, who in the meantime had gone ahead. But oil was streaming out of the tail of his car, and before he could stop the engine seized. With victory seemingly in his grasp, he was out of the race.

What had happened was that an unsupported length of pipe flanged to the oil tank at the rear had cracked the tank at the flange. Otherwise the car was in perfect order, thanks to Alf Francis, who had assembled it himself.

There were no loud complaints or wailings from Stirling. He simply pushed his car up to the finishing line, and there waited calmly until the leader had completed the 80 laps of the course. Then he pushed it over the line, and so scored 10th place in this remarkable race. This was at a time when Stirling suffered two or three cruel blows of fate, but he took them all in the same calm and easy manner.

Fangio and Gonzales have had similar experiences, and have just sat quietly watching after mishaps have deprived them of success. Lesser mortals would have been moved to anguish, but these men are masters, and with them Stirling undoubtedly ranks. He has been rightly bracketed with Fangio, Ascari, Gonzales and Farina, who with him make up the five greatest figures of the racing world.

Will Stirling achieve his greatest ambition, that of bringing the World Championship to Britain? The 1955 Grand Prix programme will show. Stirling has now joined the Mercedes-Benz team. The invitation to do so was in itself a great tribute to him, and he was right to accept it in the absence at present of a British car with a powerful organisation behind it that could give him the opportunity of bringing the Championship to this country. He has won the B.R.D.C. Gold Star four times in the last five years; may he create a similar record in the World Championship."

From David in Australia


"Bon Giorno Enrico,

I lived in New Zealand for the first 27 years of my life. My best friend in Auckland, Richard, was a mechanic in his youth and he was recently interviewed for a story about old race cars in New Zealand.

He sent me a section of the story, knowing of my interest in Maseratis......and so I thought of you as well !

......"Our milkman was Brian Prescott, who'd recently bought the Piccolo Maserati from Ross Jensen and when I found that out - I offered to help him. Brian had the Maserati in a small car garage in Balmoral and so I'd go there a couple of nights a week to help him with the car. I got to work on the cylinder head, so I was known as the "head man". It was all just so great".

"One Friday night, just before an Ardmore meeting, we started the car in the garage and Brian took it for a spin around the streets - this included the Balmoral shopping centre. "The engine cover was off and those 250F's with their big exhaust made a howling, booming noise and we could hear Brian's progress around the area from blocks away. Then the noise stopped and we thought that something must have happened.

"We waited and waited and then the engine fired up again and Brian finally came back. "A traffic cop had stopped him in Balmoral and told him to take the car back to where it had come from and not take it out on the road again.... Can you imagine that sort of thing happening today?...."

I asked him if he would give the OK to use this small story.

Here is his reply:

..."Yeah of course Dave! I forgot to tell/mention that the policeman actually helped some guys at the shopping centre to push-start the 250F!

..Can you imagine the police doing that today!............."

So, if you wish to include this you are welcome.

All the best Enrico,




Published with the kind permission of Dennis David

In Argentina on the 17th July 2006, they commemorated the anniversary of the death of one their favourite sons, a racing driver who became the first man to win five Formula One World Championships. This astonishing achievement stood until 2003 when Michael Schumacher won the sixth of his seven World Championships. From Buenos Aires to Balarce, the city where he was born on the 24th of June 1911, he was remembered as a champion in both sport and life. They retold his story, that of the son of an imigrant from Abruzzi (his father Loreto was from Castiglione Messer Marino in the province of Chieti) who achieved greatness in his chosen sport.

Juan Manuel Fangio who was affectionately known as "bandy legs" by his many fans, was born in Balcarce, Argentina the son of an Italian immigrant in 1911. After military service he opened his own garage and would race in local events. These "local" events were not the weekend meetings that occur all over England but long-distance races held over mostly dirt roads up and down South America.


Juan Manuel Fangio and tha 250F by Giovanni Cremonini

Fangio's first race at eighteen was in a Ford taxi. One particular race which he won in 1940, the Gran Premio del Norte was almost 10,000 kilometers long. This race between Buenos Aires, up through the Andes to Lima, Peru and back again took nearly two weeks with stages held each day. No mechanics were allowed and any repairs would have to be completed by either the driver or co-driver at the end of each stage.

Following many successes driving all makes of American modified stock cars, Fangio was sponsored by the government and sent to Europe to continue his career after the end of World War II. It was not until 1949 at the age of 37 that he achieved regular success on the European circuit. In 1950 he was given a drive at Alfa Romeo. Battling with his teammate Nino Farina he ended up in second place but the die had been cast.

The next year Fangio won the first of his five titles. 1952 saw him suffer his first major accident, at Monza, when he broke his neck and had to miss the rest of the season. He had promised to race at Monza following a race in Belfast but due to missed connections he found himself driving all night from Paris only to arrive at the circuit one half hour prior to the race. Having to start from the back of the grid he made a rare mistake and the Maserati he was driving went into a big slide. Being extremely tired his reactions were not what they would normally have been and he could not regain control of the car before it hit a earthen bank and somersaulted in the air. Fangio was thrown out and would spend the next few hours hovering near death.

The following year he returned at the wheel of a Maserati and finished the season in second place. Fangio always made it his policy to garner the loyalty of the team mechanics. He told them that they would receive ten percent of any winnings. During practice for the Italian Grand Prix he complained of a severe vibration but come race day the problem had completely disappeared. The mechanics had switched cars in the middle of the night and given Fangio's vibrating car to his teammate Bonetto.

In 1954 he moved to the Mercedes team and won his second World Championship. Fangio drove twelve Grands Prix for Mercedes winning eight times. This began a string of four straight titles. In 1957 Juan-Manuel Fangio won one of his most famous races at the German Grand Prix. Fangio both loved and was in awe of the Nurburgring circuit but driving an under powered Maserati he managed to come from behind and pass the two leading Ferraris. Passing Hawthorn by "straight lining" one of the final curves he amazed his rivals with his virtuosity.

In 1958, driving his last race, the French Grand Prix he finished fourth and retired. His Maserati was not competitive that day and was about to be lapped by the race leader Mike Hawthorn. As a mark of respect for the great man known as "the maestro" by his peers Hawthorn braked and allowed Fangio to cross the line ahead of him. Getting out of the car after the race he said to his mechanic simply, "It all over."

Juan-Manuel Fangio was famous for winning a race at the slowest possible speed. His record of wins against starts will probably never be matched. By the end of his racing career, he gained 24 victories, 35 podium finishes, 28 pole positions, a total of 48 front row starts, 23 fastest laps and five Wotld Chapionships in 1951, 1954, 1955, 1956 and 1957. He died on the 17th of July in 1995, leaving an everlasting legacy to all motor racing fans.

From Maserati at the Goodwood Festival of Speed


Maserati drivers Jodie Kidd and Maria Teresa de Filippis share racing tips in the paddock at Goodwood Maserati celebrated its motorsport success past and present at the UK’s premiere classic and performance motoring event, the Goodwood Festival of Speed, with Maria Teresa De Filippis, the first woman ever to participate in a Formula One event, reunited with her Maserati 250F, lining up with super model Jodie Kidd, who campaigns a Maserati GranSport when she swaps the catwalk for the race track.


Maserati drivers Jodie Kidd and Maria Teresa de Filippis share racing tips in the paddock at Goodwood

Maria Teresa De Filippis drives the Maserati GranSport Spyder up Goodwood Hill.

Maria Teresa De Filippis was the first woman ever to participate in a Formula One Grand Prix when she first drove a Maserati 250F in 1958. This year she was given the honour of debuting the Maserati GranSport Spyder in the UK.

The GranSport MC Victory, also at its UK debut, was piloted by Christian Klien, the Red Bull Racing F1 driver, who enjoys a close association with Maserati, having a Maserati GranSport at his disposal throughout the F1 season. The GranSport MC Victory is a limited edition model, produced to celebrate Maserati’s victory of the FIA GT Championship in 2005.


The Maserati GranSport MC Victory makes its UK debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed

Supermodel Jodie Kidd, Superbike Champion Troy Bayliss and Freddie Hunt drove the Maserati Trofeo GranSport up Goodwood Hill.

The Maserati drivers’ line-up for Goodwood was completed by Supermodel Jodie Kidd, Troy Bayliss – the former World Superbike Champion – and Freddie Hunt, the son of legendary Formula One driver, James Hunt, who made his debut behind the wheel of a race car. They all drove the Maserati Trofeo GranSport, which competes in the Trofeo Audemars Piguet Maserati Europe.

1) MOMO, Italy's style-driven motorsport brand, has an impressive racing pedigree, its synonymous relationship with Italian design inspired its partnership with Maserati during the Goodwood Festival of Speed weekend. The alluring nature and the optimum performance of the products were in evidence as MOMO provided Maserati drivers with helmets, boots and driving gloves.


Maria Teresa De Filippis, the first woman ever to participate in a Formula One Grand Prix, sits at the wheel of a Maserati 250F.

Freddie Hunt, son of legendary James Hunt, made his racing debut at the wheel of a Maserati Trofeo GranSport at the Goodwood Festival of Speed

2) The Maserati GranSport Spyder’s sporting personality is enhanced by the front bumper which has a very pronounced low spoiler with the side bars elegantly integrated into the body itself. The look is completed by attractive 19” wheel rims inspired by those sported by the cars competing in the Trofeo Audemars Piguet Maserati Europe series.

The interior is a cleverly designed mix of carbon, leather and technical fabric trim BrighTex®, very much in the style of the GranSport. As a result, the cabin has a very strong racing feel whilst still exuding authentic Trident elegance.

The Maserati GranSport Spyder boasts the same cutting-edge engineering as the GranSport, including the more powerful version of the 4244 cc V8 engine, a power unit that now punches out 400 hp and maximum torque of 452 Nm. The engine has also been combined with a special sports exhaust system, designed to give enthusiasts that instantly recognisable deep, full-bodied rumble that only a Trident car can produce. The Maserati GranSport Spyder is available only with the six-speed electro-hydraulic transmission that allows drivers to choose between three gear shifting modes. The transmission is also controlled by specific software which in the Sport mode, offers 35% faster gear changing than the Spyder Cambiocorsa. The Skyhook electronic suspension control system is offered as standard on the GranSport Spyder too and instantly adapts the car’s damper calibration to suit the road surface and driving conditions. Thanks to all of the technological features, the GranSport Spyder delivers a fantastic 285 km/h top speed and 0 to 100 km/h acceleration in a mere 4.95 seconds.


F1 Driver Christian Klien (Red Bull Racing) drove a Maserati GranSport MC Victory up Goodwood Hill

Jodie Kidd in a Maserati GranSport MC Victory

3) The Maserati GranSport MC Victory will be produced in only 180 individually numbered units being produced worldwide, boasts a higher level of standard equipment than the Maserati GranSport on which it is based, and also offers a variety of new features that clearly link it to the Maserati MC12, and enhance its driving dynamics. Externally, the Maserati GranSport MC Victory is immediately identified by its blue carbon fibre front and rear spoilers and the Italian flag recessed into the front wings. The enlarged front splitter of the Maserati GranSport MC Victory generates more downforce at high speeds, as do the extended side skirts, modifications which improve the car’s high speed stability and dynamic responsiveness. Its agility is further improved by more direct and precise steering. The cabin’s carbon fibre components are in blue to match the exterior spoilers. They are combined with a selection of leathers and Alcantara trim, which cover the upper dashboard, the door panels, the steering wheel - making it easier to grip – and the centre sections of the carbon fibre racing seats, the overall effect dramatically heightening the interior’s sporting ambience.

4) The Maserati Trofeo GranSport is the racing version of the Maserati GranSport. Built at the Maserati factory in Modena on the same production line as the GranSport, the Trofeo was designed to offer the driver an easy-to-drive car capable of stirring the emotions on the race track. The 4200cc V8 engine produces 415 bhp and coupled to the six-speed gearbox from the standard road car it allows the driver to make the most of the power without compromising the torque. The ride height has also been reduced by 50mm. All non-essential accessories have been removed substantially reducing the weight of the Trofeo and improving the handling of the car. Pirelli are a sponsor and sole tyre supplier of the Trofeo Audemars Piguet Maserati Europe. Pirelli P Zero tyres, especially developed for Maserati Trofeo GranSports, guarantee a great level of grip and performance in all weather conditions and temperatures.


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