When Enzo Ferrari was 22 years old, he sold the house he was born in to buy a racecar. Throughout his life Enzo unsuccessfully tried many times to buy it back, but as of early March, his childhood home in Modena, Italy, a small city between Milan and Bologna, has become a museum dedicated to his memory. The Enzo Ferrari Birthplace Museum includes the original house where Ferrari was born in 1989, as well as Ferrari’s father’s original workshop and a new building designed with a shiny yellow aluminum roof designed to look like the hood of a car. “I remember coming back one to see the house when I was a kid, but it wasn’t with my father because he never wanted to come back,” said Piero Ferrari, Enzo’s son and the auto company’s vice chairman. “He always said that if he couldn’t buy it, he didn’t want to go into a house owned by other people.
The museum features multimedia presentations which recount the life of the famous racecar driver turned legendary sports car manufacturer and memorabilia including Ferrari’s glasses, birth certificate and the violet pen he always used to sign documents. The new building will also hold temporary exhibits of historic racecars, including Maseratis, Alfa Romeos, Fiats and of course, Ferraris. The next exhibit, held in June, will be on the rivalry between Ferrari and Maserati, which is based in Modena and now also owned by Fiat.
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