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Modena, 25-26 May 2013

The inaugural Motor Gallery exhibition was held at the Modena Fiera over the weekend of 25-26 May 2013, attracting a wide variety of Italian cars and motorcycles, with a number of rarities, to the three halls, spanning 28,000 square metres, of the exhibition complex occupied by the show. In the “Terra di Motori” (Land of Motors), as the area is known, it was fitting that the exhibition concentrated solely on Italian made vehicles, and featured examples from well known local collections like Pannini, Righini and Stanguellini. There were also displays from the renowned local specialist car manufacturers, Ferrari, via their Museo Ferrari, Lamborghini and Maserati, and also specialist car dealers.

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Two of the halls were devoted primarily to themed displays and classic dealer sales areas, these being linked by a small hall featuring the Museo Ferrari display. This featured “ancient and modern”, a 250 GT PF Coupe and a 599 SA Aperta, flanking a F1 simulator with large screen, which seemed one of the most popular attractions of the show, as there was always a large crowd surrounding it, whilst across the aisle was the ex-Gianni Agnelli Testarossa Spider. Unsurprisingly, being in Modena, there were quite a number of Ferraris spread around the exhibition halls, plus a couple of examples of the Ferrari engine Lancia Thema 8.32. There were also some niche market manufacturers, featuring both modern day supercars like the Mazzanti Evantra, retro style cars in the form of the Marciano 268A, which has shades of Alfa Romeo Tipo 33 Stradale and Bizzarrinni in its aluminium bodywork, and the beautifully executed Lancia 037 replica, based on a Lancia Beta Monte Carlo frame, by Boldrin Auto. There was also a stand promoting the new Autodromo di Modena, which is situated just off the Via Emilia, past the Modena Nord Autostrada exit in the direction of Reggio Emilia. In essence the circuit is the renaissance of the old Modena Aeroautodromo that was in the city centre, and is 2.007kms in length, built to modern safety standards, offering a variety of facilities, with more to come, including a hotel and shopping mall.

The third hall was devoted to a “Mostra Scambio”, or what is generally known in English as an autojumble, although this term demeans the quality of the offerings, as there were a wide variety of rare parts, books, sales literature, limited edition scale models, and numerous other automobile related items on offer, together with a selection of cars and motorcycles. There was also an outside sales area, featuring parts for cars, motorcycles, bicycles and more cars and motorcycles for sale, including a bizarre interpretation of a Ferrari 512 M sports racing car, based on Fiat running gear, although the wheels did look nice!

There were two main themed displays, one for barchettas and spiders, with a fine variety of cars on display, ranging from little known marques like a Sighinolfi 750 Gilco-Nardi (small car, big name), and a Giaur 750 Giannini, through better known marques like to Stanguellini, to Alfa Romeo, Maserati and Ferrari, the latter being the largest in numbers. The other main feature display was for rally cars, with a wonderful colourful selection of liveries, including the famous Martini liveries worn by Lancias like the Integrale, S4 and 037 models, plus the almost equally attractive Alitalia livery which graced the Fiat Ritmo, Lancia Beta and of course the legendary Stratos. Then there were rally cars from pre- mobile advertising hoardings, like the Lancia Flavia and Fulvia, although the latter did become one during its career on the world rally stage.

Across the aisle from the rally cars was a recreation of the pits at the old Modena Aeroautodromo, with a nice display featuring a Stanguellini Formula Junior monoposto, a Maserati 6C 34 monoposto, a Ferrari 250 GT TdF berlinetta and an Alfa Romeo TZ, courtesy of the Circolo della Biella group in Modena. There were also plenty of other interesting cars spread around the halls, including some nice pre-war Alfa Romeos and Lancias, a selection of “barn find” US Specification Maseratis from the seventies, a one-off Alfa Romeo 1900 convertible bodied by Ghia- Aigle, and the unique Ferrari Testarossa based Colani Testa d’Oro, with twin turbochargers on the flat twelve engine, which broke the land speed record for its class in 1991 with a speed of 351kph, and it was running clean with catalytic converters! It wasn’t only high end collectors cars on display, as there was everything from Vespa motor scooters, through Fiat 500s and 600s, to a couple of small commercial vehicles, and some examples in definite need of some TLC, like an Alfa Romeo station wagon with body by Riva.

For an inaugural event it was certainly impressive, with a great selection of vehicles spanning the years, so there was something to suit virtually every taste, whether it be on two or four wheels, old or new. It certainly deserves to succeed, and from this show the organisers certainly have a strong foundation to build upon.
Ferrari Models on Display

Model Colour Chassis #
500 Mondial Yellow/Black 0410MD
750 Monza Red/Black 0470MD
857 S Dark Red-White/Black 0584M
500 TR Red/Red 0638MDTR
250 GT TdF Berlinetta Dark Red-B&W St’s/Tan 0879GT
250 GT PF Coupe Dark Red/ 1403GT
250 GTE “Zagato” Black-Silver/ 4019GT
365 GTC/4 Green Met’/Tan 14743
Dino 246 GT Red/Black ?
365 GTB/4 Gp4 R Body/Chassis Red Met-White St’s ?
308 GTB Gp4 Red/Black 20457
308 GTS Red/Black 27219
208 GTB Red/Black 34139
308 GTSi Yellow/Black 36307
512 BBi Yellow/Black-Grey 43155
208 GTB Turbo Grey Met’/Tan 43761
328 GTS Red/Black 59757
328 GTB Red/Black 80955
Mondial QV Red/ ?
Mondial Cabriolet Red/ ?
Mondial t Black Met’/Black ?
Testarossa Spider “Agnelli” Silver/Blue 62897
Testarossa Red/Cream 67829
Testa d’Oro Colani Red/Blue 87757
348 Spider Black/Black 97390
456 GT Black/Grey 97419
456M GT Blue Met’/Black 114492
550 Maranello Dark Blue/Tan 116395
550 Barchetta Red/Black 124132
430 Scuderia Red-Silver St’s/Black 166632
599 SA Aperta Mock-up Red Met’-Silver/Black -
California Black Met’/Black 169298
599 GTO Black Met’/Black 175205
599 SA Aperta Grey Matt/Grey 180068

Keith Bluemel