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Todd Gilmore’s Tips For The Concourse

With the annual Concours and Picnic fast approaching, it’s time to start thinking about getting your car ready. Perhaps you may have never entered your car before or simply want to know what makes judges are looking for when they judge a car. Here are some of my tips for you to consider. You’ve got to…
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Maserati 4CL at Philip Island

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  • Maserati 4cl – Tazio Nuvolari

This is a nice story from club member Colin, who saw this beautiful machine down on the Island recently.

Cometh the event; cometh the car.

The event was the recent Phillip Island Classic and the car was a 1939 Maserati 4CL owned by Paddins Dowling from the USA.

The 4CL was designed by Ernesto Maserati and manufactured in 1939 as a rival to both ERA (English Racing Automobiles) and the Alfa Romeo 158. More powerful, wider, lighter and lower; the 4CL was a significant improvement on its predecessor the 6CM.

However, WW2 intervened and the car was largely raced after the war dominating Grand Prix racing up to 1950. Luigi Villoresi, Tazio Nuvolari (shown), Giorgio Pelassa and Frenchman Raymond Sommer all tasted success with the 4CL in that era. The 4CL was superceded by the 4CLT/48 and then, in turn, by the 4CLT/50 but neither had the success of the original.

The Phillip Island event was not the 4CL’s “finest hour”. Paddins struggled with the Maserati gremlins and didn’t get much value from his entry fee in terms of laps completed. The car, however, looked an absolute picture and just oozed Italian “master” engineering.

It is hoped that both he and the car will return in the near future.

These photographs not only show Paddins mothering his 4CL but include one of Nuvolari on his way to victory in a similar 4CL in the 1946 GP des Nations.

Maserati 4CL at Philip Island

Maserati 4CL at Philip Island

Getting Ready to Roll at Philip Island

Getting Ready to Roll at Philip Island

Who Doesn't Want to Run This at Philip Island?

Who Doesn't Want to Run This at Philip Island?

A Well Travelled Maserati 4CL

A Well Travelled Maserati 4CL

Tazio Nuvolari Winning in a Maserati 4CL

Tazio Nuvolari Winning in a Maserati 4CL

Maserati to ditch petrol power in favour of electric and hybrid cars

This Italian maker is known for its stylish good looks and Ferrari-built performance engines, but now it is planning on making a huge change to boost sales. Italian sports car maker Maserati is turning to electricity as part of a “renewal and expansion” planned to boost sales of the underperforming brand. The move is a…
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Maserati 4CM For Sale!

An original Maserati 4CM has come up for sale in the UK. The image below shows that the car is available through Tom Hardman. This advertisement was placed into one of the UK's main classic car magazines in January. This one looks like it is a pre-cursor to the 6CM and seems to share a…
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