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So if you have any news about Maseratis or have anything owners and enthusiasts should know, send details to enricomaserati@btinternet.com


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From Team Shamals in Japan

"Dear Sig. Enrico,

How are you? Long time no talk... :)

The 2010 Maserati Trophy race day was held on Saturday 20th March.

Fortunately the weather for our race day was fine, but we all had a torrid time getting to the circuit, as traffic was really bad all the way to the Fuji Speedway !!

Once we arrived and were ready to race, we all had great fun, with the Shamals performing particularly well!! But it was also true that the number of race entrants were significantly fewer this year, particularly for the Scuderia Trophy... probably due to the economic situation ?

At the end of qualifying, Kogu-san (black Shamal) was in pole position, followed by Ishikawa-san (blue Shamal).

  1. #43 Shamal, Kogu-san
  2. #45 Shamal, Ishikawa-san
  3. #46 Coupe Cambiocorsa
  4. #47 Coupe GT
  5. #42 Shamal, Abeshin-san
  6. #36 Shamal, Ikeda-san
  7. #40 Ghibli Cup, Matsuda-san
  8. #37 GranSport
  9. #38 Ghibli Open Cup
10. #41 Ghibli Cup
11. #44 Ghibli 2.0 GT
For the race, we had 11 cars competing in 4 seperate categories ... and so I should add, that nobody really knew the formal results! Ha! Ha! Ha!

The overall standings were:

  1. #45 Shamal, Ishikawa-san
  2. #46 Coupe Cambiocorsa
  3. #36 Shamal, Ikeda-san
  4. #47 Coupe GT
  5. #38 Ghibli Open Cup
  6. #40 Ghibli Cup, Matsuda-san
  7. #37 GranSport
  8. #41 Ghibli Cup
  9. #43 Shamal, Kogu-san +2 mins
10. #42 Shamal, Abeshin-san -3 laps (overheated)
11. #44 Ghibli 2.0 GT -7 laps

What happened... Kogu-san demonstrated a very impressive performance to the attending enthusiasts throughout the race, but unfortunately he had made a 'subtle' flying start and did not realize that he had incurred a ďstop and goĒ penalty.

It was also interesting that a couple of engineers from DMS Automotive visited our pit garage and took a great interest in the engine bay of Kogu-sanís Shamal.

I am sure they were impressed by the performance of his Shamal, with its very straight-forward mechanical tuning!! I would also recommend that you take (borrow :) most of the photos from Kashima-sanís blog as usual. :)

Ciao!

Satoshi."



A splendid view of a snow-capped Mount Fuji in all its majesty!!


Team Shamals ...

... are ready for action !!


Maserati Shamal

Maserati Shamal


Maserati Shamal

Maserati Shamal Campana Prototype


Maserati Coupe Cambiocorsa

Maserati Coupe GT


Maserati GranSport

Maserati Ghibli Open Cup 'Evoluzione'


GranTurismo Safety Car leads the formation lap

Ready for the start!


Maserati Shamal

Maserati Shamal


Maserati Shamal

Maserati Shamal Campana Prototype


Maserati Ghibli Cup

Maserati Ghibli Cup


Maserati Ghibli Open Cup 'Evoluzione'

Maserati GranSport


Maserati Coupe GT

Maserati Coupe Cambiocorsa


Is this the most comfortable seat at the circuit ??

Perhaps not ! This looks like the ideal seat for me !!


I Risultati della Corsa!!

I Piloti della Giornata!!


The Maserati Trophy - I Vincitori delle Categorie!!

Maseratisti, you will find more excellent photographs taken at the 2010 Maserati Trophy on Kashima-sanís blog at architect3002.blog25.fc2.com !!

Enjoy !!

Enrico.


 
 
 
 
From Klaus in Denmark

"Dear Enrico,

I hope that you are fine and that springtime has come to you.

I have enjoyed all your new updates on your site - always interesting and informative as well as building the story of a great brand.

I have bought a maserati 3200 GTA last September, it is a super car, drives very nice - you can crouse and just enjoy the sound and the looks and you can speed and enjoy the power and both things are done in a relaxed way. The looks of the car has always thrilled me because it has an organic form that pleases the eye.

I send you a few photos of the car. It has very nice light/beige leather interior.

Now that I have this 3200 GTA I would like to buy a model of it as well in scale 1:43 - however I have had no success in finding any place where I can buy one!!! Do you know of anybody who sell this model car?

Thank you in advance for your reply.

Best regards Klaus."



Klaus's Maserati 3200 GTA

 

 
 
 
 
From an Enthusiast in France

"Enrico,

I have been looking for a Maserati (my choice: Biturbo S, Biturbo Si, 222.4V, Maserati Quattroporte V8) for one and a half years now, all over Europe (especially France, Italy and Belgium).

First of all just a phone contact or a mail contact to see if the car had a service record, how it was used, works to do on it, etc. Didn't want to travel around 1,000 km for a dustbin.

After this first selection (80% of the cars were without any service history or without a basic guarantee (ex: engine doesn't start but this is nothing) and I am not talking about a Maserati service history, but general servicing), it was time to see and drive the car.

Of the 20% left, around 90% of the owners were liars. Indeed, they were supposed to have mint cars and that was not the case.

For example: the light of the Koni suspension system was red on a Quattroporte (owner said: "But it's okay, just change the bulb !!").

Strange noise at the back of a Biturbo Si (owner said: "This is nothing, it will only cost around 75 euros !!").

Strange noise from the engine (clac-clacl-a-clac): (owner said: "The engine has always had that amazing sound !!"). After taking a look through the service book, the timing chains had never been changed (car had covered 95,000 km).

To summerize, I didn't find what I was looking for: A Maserati with a full service history, in great condition, without any problems. The only two cars I found in that condition were sold in less than two weeks.

My conclusion is: with this survey I can tell than 90% of the Biturbos in this area are not reliable due to a lack of maintenance or a lack of knowledge. And, that is a great shame !!

Regards,

Un Appassionato."

Hi,

Sorry to hear about this.

I always think that buying a Maserati from a Maserati Club member is always a good way. Have you tried the Maserati Club France ? There maybe someone looking to change to a different model, and may be selling their present car.

Most club owners tend to look after their cars much better than the average owner. There are some exceptions of couse, but in general, not that many.

Also have you tried contacting a reputable Maserati workshop like Gargage du Trident in Paris or Candini in Modena to see if one of their customers has expressed an interest in selling their Maserati ?

If you would like, I can post your request on my site, and hope for the best.

Send me an email stating exactly the type of Maserati you are looking for, and I'll post it along with your experiences, which hopefully should deter any untruthful sellers.

Saluti,

Enrico."

So if there is anyone out there with a good left-hand drive Biturbo S, Biturbo Si, 222.4V or Maserati Quattroporte V8, with average mileage, a full service history (preferably from a Maserati expert), and in tiptop condition, email me at enricomaserati@btinternet.com and I'll pass the details on to him.


 
 
 
 
From Enrico in the UK

Hi,

I just spotted this interesting item on eBay.com.

A 1967 Maserati Ghibli #AM115*176*, manufactured December 21st 1967 to USA specifications. Red with Tan (saddle) Interior. Mileage 47,495 miles. 4.7-litre V-8 engine with four Weber carburettors and automatic transmission.

Described as:

"One of the most beautiful cars ever built, designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro. Only 1149 cars built from 1966 to 1973. The Ghibli has been stored for over 15 years after much of the restoration work was completed. The frame-off restoration, beautiful paint job and the gorgeous new leather interior with new carpet under felt and headliner remain as good as they were when completed.

Original colors Red - but more burgundy (Rosso Rubino Ė Salchi) and the interior was White. Chrome bumpers have been replated.

The engine and mechanicals need the most work. Significant work was done on the block and heads. Seller believes that all major engine parts are present and much is new or rebuilt. Seller is unable to warrant that all parts are present or in working condition. Buyer is buying vehicle as-is.

I have some documentation on the work completed. Dent in left front quarter panel from transport mistake. I have owned this Ghibli and a 1975 Merak, also listed Item #250605766718, since 1987. Some really good work was accomplished at very significant expense."

Sale ends 2nd April 2010 - Further details available at www.ebay.com.

Many thanks to Terry King for allowing me to publish his photos.



 

 


 

 


 

 


 

 


 

 


 

 

 
 
 
 
From Johan Stegny in Austria

Ciao Maseratisti,

Johan Stegny has just sent me details of a collection of 1:43 scale BBR Maserati models that he has for sale.


 BBR Standard Range
 BBR 87A  Maserati 3500 GT 1956 (Red)  £130
 BBR 87  Maserati 3500 GT (Dark Green)  £140
 BBR 87E  Maserati 3500 GT 1956 (Met Green) limited to 100  £140
 BBR 116A  Maserati 3200 GT 1998 (Gold)    £65
 BBR 130A  Maserati 3500 GT Boneschi 1964 (Blue)  £125
 BBR 130B  Maserati 3500 GT Boneschi 1964 (Silver)  £145
 BBR 148C  Maserati Coupe 2002 (Blue)    £60
 BBR 152A  Maserati Quattroporte (Blue)  £100
 BBR 155A  Maserati Ghibli 1967 (Silver)  £120
 BBR 155B  Maserati Ghibli 1967 (Yellow)  £120
 BBR 155C  Maserati Ghibli 1967 (Met Red)  £120
 BBR 155D  Maserati Ghibli 1967 (Met Blue)  £140
 BBR 161B  Maserati GranSport Street (Red)    £90
 BBR 168A  Maserati 5000GT (Light Blue)  £120
 BBR 168B  Maserati 5000GT (Dark Green)  £120
 BBR 168C  Maserati 5000GT (Dark Blue)  £120
 BBR 189  Maserati 450S (Red)  £120
 BBR 189A  Maserati 450S Cuba GP  £115
 BBR 189C  Maserati 450S Meadow Vale 1959  £120
 BBR 206D  Maserati Quattroporte Sport  £140
 BBR 209  Maserati GranTurismo S 2008 (Black)  £140
 BBR 209C  Maserati GranTurismo S 2008 (Silver)  £125
 BBR C02A  Maserati White Press Monza 2008  £130

 BBR Serie Oro
 BBR 259  Maserati Coupe 2004 (White/Blue tail)  £150
 BBR 260  Maserati MC12 Competizione 2004 (Blue)  £120
 BBR 287  Maserati MC12 Monza 2005 GT FIA Vitaphone  £125
 BBR 296  Maserati MC12 Coupe 2005 (White)  £125
 BBR 298  Maserati MC12 Coupe 2005 (Blue)  £125

 BBR Exclusive Series + Specials
 EX12  Maserati MC12 Fiorano Test  £150
 EX17  Maserati MC12 Test Misano (Rossi)  £140
 BBR  Maserati Ghibli (Black) Special on Tan Leather, matching interior  £450

 BBR RGM Series
 RGM 028A  MaseratiMistral 64 (Silver)  £115
 BBR 138B  Maserati Mistral (Black)  £115
 
 
 

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