Maserati to celebrate 100 years of business this September with the the International Maserati Centennial Gathering in Turin, Italy.[Not a valid template]
When it comes to centenary celebrations, Aston Martin is going to take some beating. Between a new showroom in Dubai, the brand new V12 Vantage S, and the CC100 Concept Roadster, the British marque still had time to land a brand new Vanquish atop Dubai’s Burj Al Arab helipad. Bearing all that in mind, what does Maserati have up its maniche?
The International Maserati Centennial Gathering on home turf in Turin, due to kick off on 18 September. Sometimes the best celebrations are the simplest…
As well as a tour of both the Museo Casa Enzo Ferrari and Viale Ciro Menotti factory – to which crankandpiston paid a visit last year – the festival takes in a day at the San Martino del Lago Circuit near Cremona for track demonstrations and a tribute to Baconin Borzacchini and his Maserati V4 ‘16 cylinder, in which the Italian driver set the world record over the Flying 10km on 28 September 1929. As a finale on 20 September, a Concours d’Elegance in Piazza San Carlo concludes the Gathering’s ‘regularity race’, entered into which – we assume – will be a buttload of beautiful historic machines, alongside the company’s current Ghibli and Quattroporte saloons.
This year’s Gathering pays homage to Alfieri, Ettore and Ernesto Maserati, who 100 years ago officially opened the Officine Alfieri Maserati SA workshop for business in Bologna, just in time for the first World War. With a motoring-based heritage dating back to 1900 – courtesy of eldest Maserati brother Carlo’s early test driver role with Fiat, budding racing career, and penchant for designing single-cylinder engines – and good money rolling in from the family spark plug business, the first car to sport the Maserati name rolled off the production line in 1926, just six years after the birth of the famous Trident emblem. That year, the first Maserati – Tipo 26 –also won the prestigious Targa Florio with Alfieri at the wheel.
A legacy had begun…
Source – Maserati