Ferrari museum celebrates Enzo’s 120th with special exhibits

Ferrari museum celebrates Enzo’s 120th with special exhibits

In other car museum news, ‘Riverside Remembered’ spawns special quarterly display, 5,000 children take home Hot Wheels Corvettes

The Ferrari Museum in Maranello, Italy, is celebrating the 120th anniversary of Enzo Ferrari’s birth with two special exhibits, “Driven by Enzo” and “Passion and Legend.”

“Driven by Enzo” features the four-seat cars driven personally by the company’s founder. 

“As is well-known, Enzo Ferrari used to try out every car produced at Maranello himself, but not all of them were for day-to-day driving,” the museum said in its announcement. 

Enzo preferred to drive 4-seat Ferraris

‘Driven by Enzo’

“On his daily journeys, he particularly loved four-seater cars because of their combination of comfort and sportiness and often ferried around his illustrious visitors in them. His passion for these cars began with the 1960 Ferrari 250 GT 2+2 and continued for the rest of his life with the 400 GTi, the 412, and finally the Ferrari 456 GT, a car he personally approved in 1988. 

“Even when he decided to employ a chauffeur in 1969, the latter was often a passenger and travel companion of a man who always felt himself to be a driver.”

‘Passion and Legend”

“Passion and Legend” tells the story of Ferrari, the man and the company, through seven decades. Cars featured include the 1948 166 Inter of 1948, the first Ferrari mainly for road use; the 1056 Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta Tdf and the Dino 246, as well as current vehicles — the F12tdf and 812 Superfast.

The exhibitions run through May 2019.

Autojumble draws 34,000 to Beaulieu

1960 Chrysler Newport was among the cars for sale at the Autojumble | Beaulieu photos

Taking home a treasure

More than 34,000 people turned out for the International Autojumble (swap meet) at Beaulieu, the National Motor Museum of England, where more than 2,000 vendors offered their wares. The event included a Bonhams auction featuring a 1903 Panhard et Levassor 7hp Type A formerly exhibited in the museum. The car sold for £212,750 ($275,500).

The Best Stand award at the Autojumble was presented to Andrew Honeybill and Martin Gee, who have been selling at the show for 41 years.

“I’ve been coming to Beaulieu’s autojumble for 41 years, since I was just 14,” Gee said. “Apart from one year when we attended a family wedding, we haven’t missed an autojumble since. 

For sale at the Autojumble

“I always came with my dad and since he passed away, we have kept coming back in his memory.”

“We met at Beaulieu’s autojumble and keep coming back to the same spot in the show with our stand,” Honeybill added.

Marking their 40th years at the show was the Jansen family from the Netherlands. The family specializes in parts for Lancia.

Another highlight was a 1930s Lancia Augusta which PreWarCar.com got back into running condition during the event, the car roaring back to life on Sunday afternoon.

5,000 Hot Wheels cars donated to date

A few years ago, St. Louis Corvette Club members Marty and Judy Dooley began collecing Hot Wheels Corvettes and donating them to the National Corvette Museum’s education program. Their goal was to provide every child who visited the museum should a school group tour to be given a Hot Wheels Corvette to take home with them.

The Dooleys challenged other Corvette Clubs to join in and during a recent meeting of club ambassadors at the museum, Marty Dooley presented the milestone 5,000th Hot Wheels car to the effort.

Riverside Remembered spawns quarterly museum display

The Racing History Project already has recorded more than 100 interviews with famed figures from America’s auto racing history. Saturday (September 8) it will stage a special “Riverside Remembered”  tribute celebration at the Automobile Driving Museum in El Segundo, California. 

As the planning has progressed for the Riverside event, the history group and the museum have agreed to produce quarterly displays with racing themes, featuring vehicles and memorabilia under the theme “Legends of Racing History.”

Hogan HR1 Can-Am car will be focus for first quarterly display | Racing History Project photo

The series begins with the Hogan HR1 Can-Am car which Al Holbert put on the pole at Riverside in 1979. The car will be on display at the museum through December.

“Each display will be a unique tribute to a special racing car, which will be supported with articles from the era,” said Dave Wolin, executive director of the Racing History Project. “We’re very pleased to be working with the ADM… wonderful people who share our passion for all things automotive.”

Although the race cars likely won’t be part of it, Wolin added that the museum lives up to its middle name, each weekend offering rides to museum visitors in some of its vehicles.

“It’s something that makes this place so fun,” Wolin added. “Families come back on a regular basis to ride… Maybe a ’59 Buick convertible or a stately brass age beauty complete with a squeeze-bulb horn. It’s a different set of cars each time.”

Mercedes museum salutes soccer team

Soccer team feted in parade after its 1952 German championship | VfB photo

Team mascot, Fritzie, poses with special Mercedes-Benz G-Class honoring soccer club’s 125th anniversary | Museum photo

Through April 2, 2019, the Mercedes-Benz Museum displays a special exhibit, “On the move since 1893” featuring more than 100 artifacts from the 125 years of the Stuttgart-based VfB football (soccer) team. VfB is short for 

Verein für Bewegungsspiel (Association for Active Games), a sports club that also fields teams in track and field, hockey, table tennis and other events.

The automaker and the soccer team have a long affiliation. Mercedes vehicles were used for team victory parades, the team rides in a Mercedes bus and plays in Mercedes-Benz stadium.

Special events this weekend

The Newport Car Museum in Rhode Island will host a “Hoods Up” weekend September 8-9 with the engines exposed on more than 70 automobiles.

Greenfield Village at The Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan, is the site of the 68th annual old Car Festival, September 8-9. The event features cars produced through 1932 with a special display this year of vintage pickup trucks.

“Chrome and Glass” is the theme September 8 for America’s Automotive Trust’s annual Wheels & Heels gala at LeMay – America’s Car Museum in Tacoma, Washington, where Dale and Leslie Chihuly will be honorary chairs and where the Nicola Bulgari award will be presented to Amelia Island concours founder Bill Warner.

More than 400 classic (as early as 1970) and modern trucks of all categories are expected for the Retro Truck Show to be held September 8-9 at the British Motor Museum. 

An IMSA race and the Corvette Racing banquet take place September 8-9 at Laguna Seca and the National Corvette Museum’s Museum In Motion will launch a tour of Northern California on September 10 through the 16th with travel on the Pacific Coast Highway, visits to car collections and other points of interest.

Mark your calendar

LeMay – America’s Car Museum in Tacoma, Washington, offers a panel discussion September 11 from 11:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. as part of National Drive Electric Week. Panelists will discuss the history of electric vehicles and questions about how we’ll power an electric automotive future. On September 15, the museum will be the site of aPuget Sound Energy and Tacoma Power  electric vehicle ride-and-drive from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. and a Family STEM Day exploring  wind-powered cars.

The Gilmore Car Museum in Hickory Corners, Michigan, hosts a “meet the designers” event from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m. on September 12, with members of the League of Retired Automotive Designers participating in an Artist’s Talk about the nearly 50 works of their dream-car art in a special exhibit. 

America on Wheels museum in Allentown, Pennsylvania, has rescheduled its Classics and Cruisers on Hamilton car show for the afternoon of September 15.  From 11 a.m. until noon that same day, the museum offers at lecture by Chris Wantuck on “History of Henry M. Leland, founder of the Cadillac & Lincoln Car Company.”

The Seal Cove Auto Museum in Maine hosts a CArs & Canines show with the SPCa from 9 a.m. until noon on September 15.

The Simeone Foundation Auto Museum in Philadelphia’s Demo Day on September 15 will carry this theme: “1948, The Day They Stopped The Trains,” and will focus on the first serious attempt to revive sports car racing in the United States after World War II in Watkins Glen, New York. The museum is looking for some “guest” cars to participate. See the museum website for details.

The AACA Museum in Hershey, Pennsylvania, hosts the Wish Upon A food Truck Festival on September 15 with 35 food trucks and a variety of children’s activities scheduled. The event benefits Make-A-Wish Philadelphia, Delaware & Susquehanna Valley. Among featured guests will be Chopped junior champion Danielle McNerney, American Ninja Warrior competitor Joe Moravsky and racer Bobby Gerhart Jr.

The National Packard Museum in Warren, Ohio, will offer a Coffee & Donut educational seminar September 15 featuring “The Legend of Old Pacific: America’s Pioneer Road Trip.”

The Kansas City Auto Museum will be among the participants in the American Royal BBQ Car Show, scheduled for September 15 at Kansas Speedway.

The California Automobile Museum in Sacramento visits the local Universal Technical Institute at 4100 Duckhorn Drive to present the Campus Classic Car Show from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on September 15 .

The Blackhawk Museum in Danville, California, will participate in the Danville d’Elegance weekend September 15-16 and at 6 p.m. on September 20 will offer a screening of Tucker: The Man and His Dream.

The Beaulieu museum in England launches its annual Autumn Lecture Series on September 15 with Steve Fenwick of Renault Sport Racing discussing “F1 Cars: An Engineering Challenge.” On October 12, it’s Steve Waddingham, historian at Aston Martin Lagonda, talking about “Aston Martin: A History.” November 12, Petere Williams will discuss his motorcycle racing career. On December 8, Chris Keith Lucas, managing director for Jaguar specialist Lynx, will present “If I had known then what I know now.”

The Seal Cove Auto Museum in Maine offers a Demo Day on September 20 with talks at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

A car on the block at Saratoga | Museum photo

The Saratoga Automobile Museum stages its annual collector car auction on September 21-11.

The AACA Museum in Hershey, Pennsylvania, will host the Road Map Collectors Association show on September 21-22 and the Matchbox toy show on September 23. 

The Blackhawk Museum in Danville, California, is doing a road trip by coach on September 29 to the Porsche Rennsport Reunion VI at Laguna Seca. 

The British Motor Museum, located on the grounds of the former RAF Gaydon base, hosts the third annual Gaydon Military Show on September 30.

The British Motor Museum will use its social media feeds to present “Archive Live!” throughout the day on October 5. The interactive feeds not only will go behind the scenes at the museum’s own archives, but will help visitors understand how to preserve their own family documents and photographs.

The California Automobile Museum in Sacramento stages CruiseFest on Fulton Avenue on October 6.

The AACA Library & Research Center’s yard sale is scheduled for October 9 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Hershey, Pennsylvania.

The Blackhawk Museum in Danville, California, celebrates its 30th anniversary with a Gala scheduled for October 14. In addition to dinner and silent and live auctions, the evening will feature music by Franc d’Ambrosio of Phantom of the Opera fame.

The Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles stages its annual gala on October 5. The event will honor Wolfgang Porsche and will feature car collecting comedians Jay Leno and Tim Allen.

The Simeone Foundation Auto Museum in Philadelphia plans “An Evening with Hurley Haywood” featuring the sports car racer on October 26.

On October 31, the Simeone Foundation Auto Museum in Philadelphia presents its 11th Spirit of Competition award to Roger Penske on an evening that will feature Amelia Island concours founder Bill Warner as master of ceremonies.

Does your local car museum have special events or exhibitions planned? Let us know. Email larrye@classiccars.com

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