Magnificent Maseratis gather en masse in Montreux

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More than 100 Maseratis met for a pre-centenary International Rally in Montreux, Switzerland.

Dubbed The 99 Years of Passion, the event at the end of September encompassed everything from vintage wonders such as a 1928 Tipo 26M and a 1933 8CM to current models.

Visitors came from all over Europe and as far away as Australia to take part, and other classic rarities on show included a 5000GT, 3500GT, Mistral, Sebring, Mexico, Khamsin and Bora.

Based at the historic Fairmont Le Montreux Palace hotel by Lake Geneva  – which displayed Ghibli and Mistal Spyders plus a 200SI in its lobby when they weren't out and about – the cars  took part in a touring rally into the Jura mountains, plus a steep mountain climb some 1416m to the tunnel of l'Hongrin the following day.

Other highlights included a line-up of every Quattroporte model, including the rare Quattroporte II.

The rally was rounded off with a prizegiving dinner at which German Mexico drivers Timo Grunewalder and Torsten Brylla took the regularity award and Stephen Dowling took concours honours for his spectacular 5000GT Allemano (below).

A combined prize for the two main events was awarded to Fritz and Coreille Harms from the Netherlands.

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Pictures: Marc Sonnery; Swiss Maserati Club

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