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People who want to learn more about the automotive industry and its history can always head out to Germany. This is because not only is it where many of the world’s leading auto brands are based, but it is also where one can visit the best when it comes to museums decided to the automotive world.
With the opening of the Mazda Classic Car Museum by Auto Frey, it adds a new reason to visit Germany. Dedicated mainly to the Japanese automaker, it is also the first such collection of models to be displayed outside Japan. The museum is in Augsburg, Bavaria, and is seen as an excellent location as it is between Munich and Stuttgart. For the uninitiated, Munich is currently where BMW is headquartered with Stuttgart serving as the home not only of Porsche but even for Mercedes.
In addition, the location of the museum is about four hours from Oberursel, Augsburg, which is the same area where Mazda’s Research & Development center is based. Oberursel is also where you can find Auto Frey, which not only sells Peugeots but is considered to be the largest Mazda dealer in Europe. Augsburg is also five hours away from Leverkusen, where the European headquarters of Mazda is located. For the museum itself, it was made possible through a joint venture entered into by Mazda and the family that owns Auto Frey. The latter in particular also loaned a number of models from its private collection to the museum.Read the entire article Mazda Classic Car Museum by Auto Frey opens doors in Germany
Earlier this year, we talked about the sinkhole developed beneath the National Corvette Museum. Eight classic Corvettes fell into a 40-foot-wide, 30-foot-deep sinkhole and GM said that only three of the eight vehicles will be restored. The lucky models were a 2009 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 prototype (the Blue Devil), a 1962 Corvette and the one-millionth Corvette, a 1962 convertible.
The first model to be restored was the ZR1, nicknamed the Blue Devil, one of the two show cars used by Chevrolet to introduce the all-new Corvette ZR1 in January 2008.
The vehicle was actually loaned from Chevrolet to the National Corvette Museum and the damage included cracked carbon fiber ground effects, a broken passenger-side rocker panel, damaged passenger front fender, cracked windshield, window glass and passenger headlamp assembly.Read the entire article Chevrolet shows the first restored ‘sinkhole’ Corvette, the Blue Devil ZR1
Three of eight Chevrolet Corvettes that fell into a giant sinkhole inside the National Corvette Museum will soon find themselves looking new once again. This comes as Chevrolet announced that it will restore two of the Corvettes -- 2009 Corvette ZR1 prototype (the Blue Devil), and the one-millionth Corvette (1992 convertible) and will finance the restoration of a 1962 Corvette.
The museum will oversee the restoration of the third Corvette. General Motors said in a statement that it will allocate almost $250,000 to help the museum recover from the sinkhole. GM and museum officials said that a restoration shop that will make the repairs has yet to be selected.
They will set and announce a timeline to commence and complete the restoration of the three Corvettes at a later date. According to GM and museum officials, the five other Corvettes that also fell into the sinkhole will remain in their “as-recovered state” to preserve the historical significance of the cars and event.Read the entire article Only three Chevrolet Corvettes that fell into sinkhole will be restored
Three of the eight Corvettes that fell last month on a sinkhole at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Ky., have been lifted out by a crane from the chasm. The models were the 2009 ZR1 Blue Devil -- on loan from General Motors -- a 1962 Corvette and the 1993 Ruby Red 40th anniversary edition.
The Blue Devil seemed to have only suffered minor damage during its nearly 30-foot fall and was driven about 20 feet to the museum's doorway, according to museum spokeswoman Katie Frassinelli.
Video of the retrieval operations showed that the Ruby Red 40th anniversary edition has broken windows and severe damage to its front and rear. A black 1962 model was also extracted, although the operation was much "trickier" since a five-ton slab of concrete rested on the front of the vehicle, the museum said, adding that two cranes were employed to simultaneously lift the car and the concrete.Read the entire article Three Corvettes emerged from Kentucky sinkhole
Mercedes-Benz will open a museum in Beijing, China to showcase the brand’s heritage. The plan is part of Mercedes’ bid to fight the weakening sales in the country. The museum will be the first to be opened by a foreign luxury carmaker in China. It follows a series of efforts by Mercedes to boost its sales in the country, after naming an executive focused on the Chinese market and agreeing to acquire a stake in its local partner.
LBBW analyst Frank Biller remarked that Mercedes-parent Daimler is “looking at new ways to more frequently interact” with the customer and get them excited about its luxury brand, noting that the new museum is “certainly a way to support that."
Most German carmakers like Mercedes, Porsche and BMW have museums in their home market to showcase brands – a move that according to experts can boost their appeal among potential buyers. A Daimler spokesman remarked that Chinese consumers are “extremely brand conscious,” valuing those names that can “display a rich tradition and long history." Mercedes currently lags behind Audi and BMW in sales in China. [source: Daimler]Read the entire article Mercedes-Benz to open a museum in Beijing, China
Porsche 911 is set to be honored at the 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed in West Sussex. The event, slated for July 11 to 14, will be highlighted by demonstration runs by a number of historical Porsche road and race cars – covering seven generations of the legendary 911. The Porsche cars will be piloted by a number of notable drivers around the world like Walter Röhrl, two-time World Rally Champion, and Hans-Joachim Stuck, two-time Le Mans 24 Hours winner and German Touring Car Champion.
The Porsche 911 selection will be joined by a number of historic Le Mans veterans – all flown from the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart. Among them are the Porsche 911 GT1 '98 and Porsche 935/78 ‘Moby Dick’ as well as the 1987 Porsche 962.
Joining the 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed are former Porsche factory race drivers Hans Herrmann and Richard Attwood who will pilot the iconic Porsche 917 KH with starting number 23 – the same car they used to grab the Le Mans 24 Hours trophy for Porsche in 1970. The feat was also first of 16 overall victories Porsche has posted at Le Mans to date.Read the entire article Porsche Museum celebrates ‘50 years of 911’ at 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed
The Rolls-Royce Motor Cars exhibition, ‘Strive for Perfection,’ officially opened on March 21, 2013 at the BMW Museum in Munich, Germany to celebrate a decade of the revival of the marque under the wings of the BMW Group. The ‘Strive for Perfection’ exhibition also celebrates the 150th birthday of the Sir Henry Royce, one of the founding fathers of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars.
The distinct exhibition promises to narrate chronologically the story of one of the leading super-luxury goods manufacturer in the world. The story starts from the meeting of the carmaker’s founding fathers Sir Henry Royce and the Honourable Charles Stewart Rolls in 1904, and continues until the present day. The first-ever Rolls-Royce Motor Cars exhibition is located in the landmark BMW Museum bowl and covers over 1,000 square meters over five floors. The exhibition includes 15 original Rolls-Royce motor cars that date from 1907 to 2012.
One of these vehicles is the world-famous Rolls-Royce 10EX, considered as one of the most significant experimental cars in the world. It was built in 1926 to showcase the performance potential of the ‘New Phantom.’ Sir Henry Royce engineered and piloted the 10EX himself. Rolls-Royce’s historic cars are complemented by elegant descriptive displays, with themes that include coach-building, craftsmanship, bespoke design, engineering and advertising.Read the entire article First Rolls-Royce exhibition opens at BMW Museum
Ferrari inaugurated on March 8, 2013, its "Ferrari Supercar. Technology. Design. Myth" exhibition at the Ferrari Museum in Maranello, Italy. The exhibition includes the carmaker’s recently unveiled LaFerrari hybrid hypercar as well as all of the limited edition special series cars that helped shape the Prancing Horse legend.
Leading the official inauguration was Ferrari chairman Luca di Montezemolo. "Ferrari Supercar. Technology. Design. Myth" retraces the story of all of the carmaker’s limited edition special series models, starting with the 250 GTO, including an example of the 1964 version and the 1984 GTO. Also in exhibition are F40, the F50 and the Enzo, all through the LaFerrari, which was met with acclaim at the 2013 Geneva auto show.
Parallel to the limited edition road cars will be the Formula 1 cars that served as inspiration to Ferrari's design in various eras, and special track and competition-oriented models like the GTO Evoluzione, the F40 Competizione, the 599XX and the FXX.Read the entire article Ferrari opens supercar exhibit at Ferrari Museum in Maranello, Italy
The Porsche Museum, comprised of six classic Porsche sports cars, will participate in the grueling Italian endurance race that covers a thousand miles, the Mille Miglia. From May 17 to 20, 2012, six classics – two Porsche 550 Spyder, a 356 Speedster 1500, 356 Speedster 1600, 356 Speedster 1600 S and a 356 Coupé –will attempt to cruise a thousand miles from Brescia to Rome and back without any concern for the weather during the event.
The Mille Miglia is only opened to vehicles of any type that have competed in the race in period. This recreation event is truly a test of endurance for both cars and drivers.
The Porsche Museum is not new to the Mille Miglia, as two of its entries, the 356 Speedster 1600 S and the 356 Coupé, represent significant achievements on the event.Read the entire article Porsche Museum enters 1,000-mile Mille Miglia event with classic cars
Delphi, a Sweden-based company, has announced the details for the liquidation of the over 100 cars in the Saab Heritage Museum. The deadline is on January 20 for attorneys to take bids on these cars, whether as an entire collection or individually, through mail or fax. The cars placed in this museum range from those built in 1946 to the 2006 Aero X concept from 2006.
In this collection, there’s an example for nearly all Saab models, even the rare ones such as the Ur-Saab, a Saab 9000 flat-bed hauler or a Sonnet roadster. There are some formula cars (in Swedish colors) that are available.
During the past weekend, thousands of Saab owners throughout the globe had come together for “We Are Saab” rallies. Those joining these rallies are holding on to hope that at the last minute, there would be a buyer for Saab. There are rumors that the last new vehicles (which number at around 100) would be crushed.Read the entire article Over 100 cars from the Saab Heritage Museum listed in bankruptcy sale
If you attend the opening of the Museo Casa Enzo Ferrari on March 10, the first exhibition that will stand before you on display is “The Origins of the Myth.” This museum complex is devoted solely to Enzo Ferrari and motorsport. It is located in Modena, Italy, which is Ferrari's hometown. However, the celebrations will start almost a month earlier on the birthday of the famous car builder on Feb. 18, 1898. He died in 1988.
Mauro Tedeschini, president of the Fondazione Casa di Enzo Ferrari, said that the Fondazione Casa di Enzo Ferrari worked on this museum for many years and that this “important cultural asset” tells the “story of a great figure and the vocation for motoring of this area.”
First, they restored the house in Modena where Enzo Ferrari was born and where he had his living quarters and workshop. They constructed a new building that is formed like the well-known yellow aluminum “bonnet”. Yellow symbolizes the city of Modena and is the color selected by Enzo Ferrari as the background to the Prancing Horse, the company trademark.Read the entire article Enzo Ferrari Museum to open its doors on March 10
It has been over five years since the Mercedes-Benz Museum was opened to the public, and now it has become a popular leisure destination. In fact, since it was opened in May 2006, the Mercedes-Benz Museum has welcomed more than 4.2 million visitors, according to head of Mercedes-Benz Classic Michael Bock. In 2011 alone, 701,000 visitors from 175 countries around the world visited the museum on the automobile’s 125th anniversary; with nearly 4,000 guided tours conducted in 10 different languages.
Increasing the appeal of the Mercedes-Benz Museum – especially to new target groups -- were newly designed Legend 6 exhibition room and the special 'Art & Stars & Cars' exhibition. Bock remarked that 125 years since automobile was invented, it remains a fascinating object, as evidenced by the number of people who visited the museum. He noted the high proportion of international visitors to the museum, with nearly a third of guests coming from outside Germany.
He added that this international appeal could be attributed to the anniversary year of the automobile and Mercedes’ extensive program in 2011. More and more people from other countries are coming each year to visit the Mercedes-Benz Museum. In 2010, visitors represented 158, and the number surged to 175 in 2011. Moreover, the share of international guests has jumped by nearly half in recent years to 27 percent.Read the entire article Mercedes-Benz Museum visited by 701,000 guests in 2011
A reconstruction of the “Semper Vivus,” the first workable full-hybrid car ever built, can be viewed at a new special exhibition "Ferdinand Porsche - Pioneer of the Hybrid Drive.” Starting May 10, enthusiasts can get a glimpse of the early engineering creations of the young Ferdinand Porsche at its museum in Stuttgart.
Visitors will also be able to see the Cayenne, whose drivetrain will be shown as a main feature; and the Porsche Hybrid Bike, which gives a detailed look into its hybrid technology.
Also set to be displayed are a wheel hub and a DeDion-Bouton motor, which had driven the generators of the “Semper Vivus.” The “Semper Vivus” itself will be shown off during demonstrations on the Porsche Museum exhibition ground on the last weekend in May.Read the entire article Lohner-Porsche ‘Semper Vivus’ coming to the Porsche Museum
Margie Petersen and the Margie & Robert E. Petersen Foundation have given The Petersen Automotive Museum a gift of $100 million, which will guarantee that the museum will remain open forever. It was one of the most generous philanthropy works ever given to the institution.
In 1948, Robert E. Petersen published Hot Rod magazine which started his car-based publishing empire and grew the magazine into 36 monthly titles. From 1994 until his death at age 80 in 2007, he directed the formation of the museum, which bears his name and is one of the many philanthropic endeavors of his widow, Margie Petersen.
The donation is by no means all cash, although it includes “a substantial unrestricted financial gift.” A matching challenge is present that will require essential fundraising by the current board and management of the museum to continue.Read the entire article The Petersen Automotive Museum gets a $100 million donation
The final arrangements are being done for the opening of the new Porsche Museum on the 31st of January 2009. The scaffolding has be removed at long last and it is now feasible to view the whole expanse of the daring architectural structure of the edifice, across the head office area of Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG in Zuffenhausen, the well-known town of Stuttgart, in Germany, that has been the home of Porsche since 1950.
Three reinforced concrete support carries the 5,600 square meters of exhibition space giving the illusion that the edifice seem to hover in empty space.
Currently, already setup inside are almost all of the estimated 80 exhibits. The vehicles have been kept in an off-premises warehouse in Zwingenberg am Neckar, while the construction of the new Porsche Museum was in progress.Read the entire article Porsche Museum to open its gates on 31 January 2009
Between the 6th and 16th of October 2009 the Mercedes-Benz Museum will have another attraction to show: the new Gullwing, which had its world premiere just recently at the Frankfurt International Motor Show, will land 42 metres up on the museum's roof terrace. For a few days visitors then can take in the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG in an open-air setting.
"This will be a very emotional experience for our visitors," says Michael Bock, Managing Director of Mercedes-Benz Museum GmbH. "This super sports car stands for excitement, passion and high-tech. As museum for the past. present and future of the automobile we provide an ideal setting for the exclusive presentation of the new Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG."
A unique vehicle calls for exceptional surroundings: the roof terrace of the Mercedes-Benz Museum normally is not open to visitors. The 465 square metre outdoor area can be accessed through Legend Room 1 on level 8. At a dizzy height one has a grandstand view of the surrounding vineyards and the Mercedes-Benz Unterturkheim plant.Read the entire article SLS AMG Gullwing is the new attraction at the Mercedes-Benz Museum
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