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 prelude in Bologna at the Fountain of Neptune, which inspired Maserati’s logo.
Johannesburg, 6 June 2014 — 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 basement 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. 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 on the morning of Thursday, September 18 in Modena, with the arrival of historic and contemporary participating vehicles and their display in some of the most captivating urban spaces around the town. The program for the afternoon will commence with a visit to the Exhibition at the Museo Casa Enzo Ferrari which is dedicated to the Maserati Centennial, followed by a stop at the historic Viale Ciro Menotti factory, where Maserati GranTurismos, GranCabrios and the Alfa Romeo 4C roll off the production lines every day, for dinner.
The next day, Friday, September 19, 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 – a new Flying 10-Kilometre land speed record on 28 September 1929. After the activity on the track, the Maserati convoy will parade through the streets of Cremona before racing on to Turin. The cars will line up on Piazza Castello in Piedmont’s main city where a gala dinner at the Reggia of Venaria palace will take place in 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. In the afternoon, a Concours d’Elegance in Piazza San Carlo will conclude the festivities.
A curtain-raiser event for the three days 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 get to see the exact location – Via de’ Pepoli 1 – where Maserati was born one hundred years ago.
Maserati customers and fans are encouraged to access the Centennial Gathering section on the maserati100.it (Italian) and maserati100.com (English) sites for all information pertaining to participation in this event.