MAR 21st 2014

Maserati to mark centenary at FoS

Maserati will celebrate 100 years as one of the world’s foremost luxury car manufacturers with a staggering display of cars from the past century at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed on 26-29 June.

More than 20 of the iconic machines will take part on the Goodwood hillclimb, which mixes the very best of motor sport and motoring at the world’s largest automotive garden party.

Established in Bologna on 1 December, 1914 by brothers Alfieri, Bindo, Carlo, Ettore and Ernesto Maserati, the first car to bear the name of the family – and the famous trident logo – was completed in 1926.

One of the earliest machines to roll off the production line; a Tipo 26B raced in 1928, an example of which competed at the Indianapolis 500, will be the oldest vehicle in the collection, which will have its own class at the 22nd Festival of Speed.

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Maserati’s greatest motorsport achievement came in 1957 when Juan Manuel Fangio won the Formula One World Championship in a 250F. Two versions of the car, which was also driven to grand prix wins by Stirling Moss, will be present, along with other single-seaters from the pre- and post-war eras.

Maserati’s sportscar achievements will also be celebrated, including its four consecutive Targa Florio victories from 1937-40. Bringing the story right up to date will be former GT1 world champion Michael Bartels in a 2004-spec MC12, the type of machine in which the German has won the Spa 24 Hours on three occasions.

For those with an eye for automotive beauty as well as speed, the Cartier ‘Style et Luxe’ will feature a dedicated class of 1950s Maserati grand tourers. Proof, if it were needed, that the Modena marque has produced some of the most beautiful cars of all time, as well as some of the fastest.

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