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Maranello, 16 - 17 April 2011.

Over the weekend of 16 - 17 April, the Museo Ferrari (as the Galleria Ferrari is now called) and its surroundings hosted the Musei Da Gustare Un Museo Tira L’Altro gathering, featuring a variety of activities, including a classic car display, food and wine tasting, together with the opportunity to watch the Chinese Grand Prix with like minded fans in the Auditorium Enzo Ferrari in the centre of Maranello on the Sunday morning. The Museo Ferrari had extended opening hours for the event, and visitors were given a 2 Euros discount on the normal entry price. The entry ticket had a bonus, in that it allowed visitors to take a free shuttle bus service to visit the Castello di Spezzano and the Museo della Ceramica, to increase their cultural awareness beyond the automobile.

The gathering also featured the presentation of a new book “Alfa Romeo. Gli anni di Arese - la fabbrica, gli uomini, le automobile”, written by Danilo Moriero and published by Nada Editore, with a number of the people involved in the “Arese Years” in attendance. There was also a photographic exhibition “Il mondo Ferrari dal 1947 al 1997” outside the museum, presented by the “Club Meccanici Veterani Formula 1”, which formed a pleasing backdrop to the cars on display. There was also the opportunity to visit the Alfredino Ferrari technical school, a short walk down the road, which had an open day on the Sunday.

The gathering was also on the route of a touring rally on the Sunday, primarily for Fiat 500s, but also featuring other classic examples of the marque, and in the car show itself there were numerous variants of the iconic small car on display. These ranged from well preserved original examples, to some highly modified “hot rods”, featuring customised interiors, body kits and wild paint jobs. Amongst the other Fiats on display were a rare pre-war Ardita 2500 saloon, and a beautiful Dino Spider finished in silver. Blessed with warm weather and bright blue skies, it was a pleasant way to while away a lazy Sunday, which concluded with a concert by the Red House Blues Band, formed of Ferrari employees.

Keith Bluemel