Maserati named Featured Marque of the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Happy 100th! 

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. Centered around four days of on-track racing, visitors to the Monterey peninsula 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 defines 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 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. Alfieri Maserati and two of his brothers, Ettore and Ernesto, then represented the nucleus of the company. 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, a racecar, in 1926, badged Tipo 26. It debuted with a victory in the 1926 Targa Florio, the first of an endless string of wins that include two editions of the Indianapolis 500, nine 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 four-door ‘63 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 Centennial 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 have been 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.

The centennial celebration will be held August 14-17, 2014 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. 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,
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