Last year it was the Chevrolet Corvette. The year before it was Shelby, preceded by Jaguar the year before that. But next year, the classic racing event will feature Maserati, which will be celebrating its 100th anniversary. And to make the occasion extra special for the Modenese marque, next year also marks the 60th anniversary of the most celebrated racing cars ever made by Maserati (or any other constructor, for that matter): the Maserati 250F (No. 4 above) famously piloted by the likes of Fangio and Moss in 1954.
Fittingly, the Trident marque got its start in racing back in 1914 with the debut of the Tipo 26 that put Maserati on the map with a debut victory in the 1926 Targa Florio. Although you don't much see it competing at top levels these days, Maserati went on to win the Indianapolis 500, the Formula One World Championship and, more recently, the FIA GT1 World Championship.
August 14-17 at Mazda Raceway
MONTEREY, Calif., December 10, 2013 - The Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion will celebrate the rich 100-year history of Maserati, one of Italy's iconic luxury sports car brands that throughout the century has been deeply rooted in racing. The celebration will be held August 14-17, 2014 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
The Monterey Classic Car Week and Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion is a haven for international classic car enthusiasts. Centered around four days of on-track racing, visitors are immersed in more car auctions, shows, rallies and the world's premier Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance than anywhere else in the world.
"Maserati is a definition of not only luxury road cars, but some of the most remarkable sports cars and Grand Prix cars ever constructed," says Gill Campbell, CEO and general manager of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. "Additionally, it is the 60th anniversary of the sleek Maserati 250F that first competed in the 1954 Formula One season with Juan Manuel Fangio and Sir Stirling Moss dueling behind the wheels of their respective 250Fs."
"Maserati is celebrating its anniversary at key venues around the world, and the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion in Monterey is unquestionably one of the highlights on the international calendar," says Peter Grady, President and CEO of Maserati North America, Inc. "We look forward to showcasing the modern Maserati in the context of a heritage of century of building inspired automobiles that break the norm and define 'The Absolute Opposite of Ordinary.'"
Maserati was founded in Bologna, Italy and officially started operation on December 14, 1914. The nucleus of the company was then represented by Alfieri Maserati and two of his brothers, Ettore and Ernesto. Though engaged in all matters technical and commercial of their new enterprise, they all at one point sat behind the steering wheel of their racing cars in the golden days of motor racing. A fifth brother, Mario, is credited with designing the famed Maserati logo, drawing inspiration from the Neptune fountain in downtown Bologna.
Maserati produced its first car in 1926 – a race car named Tipo 26. It debuted with a victory in the 1926 Targa Florio, the first of an endless string of wins which include two editions of the Indianapolis 500, 9 wins in Formula One and the 1957 F1 World Championship. Some of the most admired road-cars wear the Maserati Trident, including the world's first production super-sedan, the 1963 Quattroporte.
At 100, Maserati is in the strongest position of its lifetime with two brand new sport-sedans, state-of-the-art production facilities and all-time record sales. Central to the celebrations will be the new Ghibli, the car that makes the legend of Maserati accessible with a price that starts under $70,000.
The Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion is one of the world's premier historic racing events. A total of 550 historically- and period-correct cars are accepted to compete in 15 different race groups. For many, it is a motorsports museum springing to life, as authentic cars from as far back as the pre-war era fire up and tackle the challenging circuit in a gentlemanly race.
Tickets to the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion are on sale, and include a variety of options, from single day tickets to multiple-day and hospitality packages. For more information, visit MazdaRaceway.com or call the ticket office at (800) 327-7322.