MONTEREY, Calif. — The official 100th anniversary celebration of Maserati shifts into high gear during the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca beginning Aug. 15 with a tribute to Italy and continuing through Aug. 17.
“We will be celebrating the magnificent history of not only Maserati, but that of all Italian cars as well,” explained Gill Campbell, CEO and general manager of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. “On Friday our doors will be open to welcome Italian motor car enthusiasts so they may enjoy all the sights, sounds and racing pageantry that is unique to the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion.”
Italian car owners will be able to stroll among the Maserati heritage display in the race paddock, walk down aisles and aisles of cars in their pits and see all 15 racing groups run throughout the day. The centerpiece of the paddock will be Maserati North America’s display that honors its rich heritage with significant cars from its past that will only be seen at Mazda Raceway.
There will also be a number of “surprises,” including a special celebrity meet and greet in addition to preferred paved Italian corral parking to everyone who drives an Italian-made car into the facility.
The race paddock will be bustling with 550 authentic and historically-accurate race cars that date back to as far as the early 1900s. Each one is assigned into corresponding race groups with cars of similar era and displacement and has best been described as “a museum springing to life,” as the cars go wheel-to-wheel on the track.
Complementing the race paddock are countless activities in the Marketplace. Vendors, car displays, wine and cheese tasting, and lunch options make it a festive atmosphere to enjoy.
Friday admission tickets are $50 in advance and $70 at the gate. As a special courtesy to Italian car aficionados, attendees who possess a Saturday Concorso Italiano ticket will be admitted free on Friday, Aug. 15. Plus, the first 100 Italian cars through the admission gates will receive a voucher to participate in a parade lap on the track. Advance three-day general admission tickets are $130.