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‘Ferrari Forever’ museum exhibit celebrates company’s 75th anniversary

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As part of the 75th anniversary celebration of Ferrari, the Museo Enzo Ferrari at Modena, Italy, has opened a new exhibition, “Ferrari Forever,” that runs until February 17, 2023.

The museum notes that it was on March 12, 1947, that Enzo Ferrari started the engine in the 125 S, the first car to bear his name. The exhibit celebrates not only the anniversary but the work of Ferrari Classiche, which since 2006 has verified the histories of Ferrari vehicles at least 20 years old for their owners.

“The exhibition takes visitors through the fascinating maintenance and restoration carried out in Ferrari Classiche’s workshop – processes that bring cars of all ages back to their original splendor,” the museum notes. “This work relies on access to the foundry and machine tools that produced the original parts. None of this would be possible without the expertise of highly specialized technicians, who have in-depth knowledge of the secrets of Ferrari engines and the unique features of each model.”

The exhibit showcases the company’s historical archive and 15 Classiche-certified vehicles that showcase “the essence of Ferrari’s history.”

Petersen opens another lowrider showcase

Obviously pleased with the response to its earlier exhibits of lowrider vehicles, the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles has opened a new celebration of car culture with a display of “legendary” lowriders and custom cars.

“Lowriders first burst onto the Southern California automotive scene in the post-World War II era as unique symbols of personal creativity and Latino culture identity,” the museum noted. “While hot rodders focused on going fast, lowriders were about going low and slow. Expressions of civic and cultural pride, lowriders became rolling works of art and early influencers for import car hot rod and lowered truck builders.”

Cars included in the display include the 1964 Chevrolet Impala “Gypsy Rose,” the 1948 Cadillac Sedanette “CadZZilia,” and the 1960 Buick leSabre “Lectrified,” and the 1964 Chevrolet El Camino “Blind Faith.”

LeMay salutes pioneering women

LeMay – America’s Car Museum in Tacoma, Washington, celebrates women’s history month with a display of two vintage Maxwells to tell the stories of Alice Ramsey and her cross-country drive in a 1909 Maxwell Model DA touring car, and of Emily Anderson and Christie Catania who drove a 1908 Maxwell across the country in 2009 to celebrate Ramsey’s accomplishment. 

Tuckers and movie at Stahl

Stahl’s Automotive Collection in Chesterfield, Michigan, celebrates its Tucker 48 (#1015) on April 23 with Preston Tucker’s grandsons Mike and Sean Tucker, with Tucker expert Mark Lieberman, and with a presentation of the movie Tucker: The Man and His Dream.

There will be two sessions, one at noon and the second at 5 p.m.

Princesses, superheroes visit Gilmore

The Gilmore Car Museum in Hickory Corners, Michigan, has scheduled another of its most popular events for April 2. It’s “Cars & Characters: A Celebration of Princesses and Superheroes,” with 22 actors portraying Disney princesses and comic-book heroes.

“Ourprincess and superhero events at the Gilmore have become a unique opportunity to engage and delight children, yet also educate and introduce them to automotive history,” noted museum director Josh Russell. 

Photo ops with the characters will be staged with various museum vehicles, including a 1936 Packard, a Ford Model A and the 1930 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Sedanca DeVille from the 1967 Disney film The Gnome-Mobile.

Throughout the day, there will be a special “Storytime with Belle” and “certified superhero training sessions” with Spiderman, among other events.

Indy museum needs local artists

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum needs local artists for an upcoming exhibition called “Sleek: The Art of the Helmet.”

The exhibition will include 27 helmets, nine from racing history, nine from current drivers, the others by local artists using Bell Racing helmets. The artist competition is a tribute to the track’s “Fast Nine Shootout” qualifying event. 

Special events this weekend 

It’s “Start Your Engines” on March 19 at the Lane Motor Museum in Nashville, Tennessee, where at six times during the day, staff will run a variety of vehicle powerplants, including the propeller-driven Hellicron, a 2-stroke Scootacar, a rotary-engine Hercules motorcycle, and the air-cooled and rear-engine Tatra T-603. March 17-18 also is hoods-up weekend at the museum, with the engines of more than 40 vehicles exposed for viewing.

The Canadian Automotive Museum in Oshawa, Ontario, offers a special March Break Activities through March 19 for school-age children and their families.

Through March 31, it’s “Hoods Up! Engines on Display” at the Gilmore Car Museum in Hickory Corners, Michigan, where some special “Horsepower Tours” are offered.

LeMay – America’s Car Museum in Tacoma, Washington,  hosts family steam days/biofuels bonanza on March 19 and also offers a special program on women drivers as part of women’s history month.

Mark your calendar

John Oates and Guthrie Trapp perform March 26 in concert in Newport, Rhode Island, to benefit the Audrain Automobile Museum. 

“Drive-In Theaters: An American Institution” is the subject of a presentation March 26 at 11 a.m. at the AACA Museum in Hershey, Pennsylvania. The program will be presented by Jeffrey Bliemeister, the museum’s executive director, and Tim Neal, manager of the Sky Vu Drive-In, which has been operating since 1948 in Gratz, Pennsylvania. The program will be presented live at the museum’s drive-in theater and via Zoom.

“Developing the American Sports Car” will be the theme of Demo Day on March 26 at the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum in Philadelphia. Featured cars are the 1909 American Underslung, 1911/13 Mercer Raceabout 37J, 1927 Stutz AA Black Hawk and 1966 Corvette 427 Stingray.

The Mustang Owners Museum in Concord, North Carolina, launches its car-show calendar on March 27 with a “Fords on Sunday” event.

The Canadian Automotive Museum in Oshawa, Ontario, offers Oshawa Automotive Walking tours on April 2, April 23 and May 7.

LeMay – America’s Car Museum in Tacoma, Washington, hosts its wine & wheels spring getaway tour April 2-3 with an overnight stay at the 7 Cedars hotel and casino. 

“Foundations of Photography” classes featuring Andrew Taylor begin April 9 and run through October 22 at the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum in Philadelphia.

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum hosts its first Cars & Coffee event of the season April 9 with free beverages and donuts provided by Founders Grounds and Jack’s Donuts. Subsequent cruise-ins are scheduled for the second Saturday of each month. Entry into the Speedway grounds is through Gate 2.

“Mini Madness” is the theme at the British Motor Museum at Gaydon for the Easter season April 9-24. Events include a Mini Egg Rover Challenge April 15-18, as well as the Road Map Family Trail. 

National Mustang Day will be celebrated April 15-16 at the Mustang Owner’s Museum in Concord, North Carolina, with the opening of the museum’s newly expanded exhibit area and a driving cruise, car show, seminars and a Shelby panel presentation and more.

The North East Motor Sports Museum in Loudon, New Hampshire, opens its outdoor event season April 16 with the inaugural New England Racers Reunion. The event, taking place at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, will include all eras of racing vehicles.

The AACA Museum in Hershey, Pennsylvania, celebrates National Mustang Day with a cruise-in car show co-hosted by CJ Pony Parts. Museum admission will be free for anyone arriving in a Mustang.

The Third Thursday Zoom program on April 21 by the Canadian Automotive Museum in Oshawa, Ontario, features “Lost Car Rescue: Behind the Scenes of a Canadian Car Show.”

It’s Cars & Coffee from 7 a.m. until 9 a.m. at the Lane Motor Museum in Nashville on April 23. 

The spring lecture series at the National Motor Museum in Beaulieu, England, continues April 23 with Alan Chandler discussing petroliana collecting

The British Motor Museum at Gaydon celebrates national Drive It Day on April 24 with a special car show.

A second wave of vehicles arrives September 22, 2022, and runs through May 14, 2023, in “The Allure of the Extreme” supercar showcase at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles.

The AACA Museum in Hershey, Pennsylvania, opens three new exhibits on May 21 — Orphan Cars, ATVs and AMCs.

The book club at LeMay – America’s Car Museum in Tacoma, Washington, meets online again on May 24 to share Auto Biography: A Classic Car, An Outlaw Motorhead, and 57 Years of the American Dream by Earl Swift.

The Revs Institute in Naples, Florida, hosts a combined meeting of the World Forum for Motor Museums and the National Association of Automobile Museums from November 9-12.

Does your local car museum have special events or exhibitions planned? Let us know. Email [email protected]

Larry Edsall
Larry Edsall
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.


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