Maserati celebrates centennial in style

Maserati centennial

Maserati owners from around the world are gathering in Italy this week to celebrate the centenary of their favourite sports car manufacturer.

The 100th birthday of such an iconic brand couldn't just be marked with a birthday cake or a telegram from the queen. Instead, an epic three-day drive has been organised, from September 18-20.

Starting in Italy's supercar capital, Modena, the voyage will take drivers to the historic city of Turin, taking in the landmarks that form the company's history. Preceding the tour is a stop-off at the Fountain of Neptune in Bologna, which inspired the design of Maserati's instantly recognisable Trident badge.

While the planned tour itself may not seem that exciting, for many taking part it will be the end of a trip that has seen them cover thousands of miles, with Maserati aficionados travelling from as far a field as China, as part of Maserati's China-Italy rally. Driving through Russia, Belarus and the Czech Republic to attend, the vehicles involved in the 12,000km trek that starts in the Forbidden City, will join a total of 200 in Italy, which are destined to take part in exhibitions and parades around Maserati's factory gates throughout the week. You can check out images of their progress below.

Concluding the event will be Concours d'Elegance, in which owners will be able to show off their ability to polish their cars within an inch of their lives, and gawp at an inevitably stunning collection of cars from the marque's illustrious history.

Maserati centennial celebrations

Maserati centennial celebrations