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International Maserati Centennial Gathering To be held in September
Three days from Modena to Turin, with a racetrack stop in Cremona, to celebrate Maserati’s first century. With a prologue in Bologna at the Fountain of Neptune, which inspired Maserati’s logo.
The International Maserati Centennial Gathering will be held from September 18 through September 20. The world event will begin in Modena on Thursday, September 18, and end in Turin on Saturday, September 20. The three days will see a succession of exhibitions, parades, a regularity race, a track test, a visit to the two Maserati factories and a concours d'elegance. Cars and collectors from all over the world are expected to be in attendance.
A hundred years have gone by since, in December of 1914, Alfieri Maserati and his brothers Ettore and Ernesto opened the first car repair workshop in a basaement on Via de’ Pepoli, Bologna. Here, before Italy entered the First World War and in the months that immediately followed the end of the conflict, they began to prepare and modify cars for themselves – the three Maserati brothers were also rather capable drivers – and the gentleman drivers of those heroic days. These were the first steps of a company that in time was to become an international icon of Italian motoring.
The Maserati Centennial Gathering will begin in the morning on Thursday, September 18, in Modena with the arrival of the historic and contemporary models that will be taking part in the event and their display in some of the most captivating urban spaces. The program for the afternoon involves, firstly, a visit to the Exhibition at the Museo Casa Enzo Ferrari dedicated to the Maserati Centennial and then to the historic Viale Ciro Menotti factory. Here, where Maserati GranTurismos and GranCabrios and the Alfa Romeo 4C roll off the production lines every day, dinner will be served.
The next day, Friday, September 19, the participants will make their way to Turin. The first stop is the San Martino del Lago Circuit near Cremona, which will host track sessions and pay homage to Baconin Borzacchini and his Maserati V4 ‘16 cylinder, in which the Italian driver set – in Cremona – the world record over the Flying 10 Kilometres on 28 September 1929. After the activity on the track, the historic Maserati convoy will parade through the streets of Cremona before racing on to Turin. The Maseratis will line up in Piazza Castello in Piedmont’s main city. A gala dinner at the Reggia of Venaria palace is set for the evening.
Scheduled for the morning of Saturday, September 20, the third and final day of the event, are a visit to the Avv. Giovanni Agnelli Plant, where Maserati Ghiblis and Quattroportes are built, and the final leg of the regularity race, towards the Basilica of Superga. The afternoon will see the concluding event: the Concours d’Elegance in Piazza San Carlo.
A genuine curtain-raiser for the three days from Modena to Turin will be staged in Bologna on Wednesday, September 17. On that day, Maserati collectors can have their photos taken with their car next to the Fountain of Neptune, the inspiration for Maserati’s logo, and see the exact location – Via de’ Pepoli 1 – where Maserati was born, one hundred years ago.
From today, the Centennial Gathering section on the www.maserati100.it (Italian) and www.maserati100.com (English) sites will contain all the information that Maserati customers and collectors who take part in the International Maserati Event in September may need.