The Prancing Horse is showcasing its best set of wheels from the silver screen in conjunction with Enzo Ferrari’s birthday
Ferrari fans may want to make arrangements to visit Italy in the coming months because the ‘Prancing Horse’ is demonstrating quite a show at its museum. Held in conjunction with founder, Enzo Ferrari’s birthday, the Museo Enzo Ferrari in Modena is putting on a ‘Red Carpet’ exhibit, in tribute to the motoring brand’s starring roles on the silver screen and beyond.
This exhibition is bringing under one roof the iconic models featured onscreen with clips of them in action as a homage of sorts to the world of film and television. From the famous Magnum P.I. 308 GTSs to the Miami Vice Testarossa, the 512S used in Le Mans to the 375 America driven by Sofia Loren in Boy on a Dolphin, these are some of the automobiles on display, which had their moment alongside Hollywood’s biggest stars.
Ferrari's relationship with Hollywood is not just limited to its role in the films themselves – Many actors and actresses are or were devoted Ferrari owners and the ‘Red Carpet’ exhibition celebrates this unique relationship. Paul Newman, for instance, even competed in a 365 GTB4 in races such as the 24 Hours of Daytona, while Steve McQueen owned a whole slew of Ferraris now much sought-after by collectors. Marilyn Monroe adored Ferraris too – the white 250 GT Cabriolet Pininfarina featured in this exhibition was, in fact, one of her favourites. Other famous names like Peter Sellers and Nicholas Cage are known to have fallen under the spell of the Prancing Horse, too.
Like any exhibition, this one has taken a little artistic licence to include the F430 Schumacher voiced in Cars – complete with big cartoon eyes. There’s also the Thomassima, an American-style Ferrari sculpted by designer Tom Mead on 250 GT running gear, to symbolise the many Maranello cars that have appeared on screen in disguise, not least in the Fellini-directed segment of Histoires Extraordinaires, The Racers and The Love Bug.
Regardless of its time on the big screen, television or on the race track, the ‘Red Carpet’ exhibition will undoubtedly inject a little adrenaline in the hearts of all Ferrari fans the world over.
‘Red Carpet’ exhibition is currently on at the Museo Enzo Ferrari in Modena
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