Michael Schumacher turned 50 last week and Ferrari has marked the occasion by creating a rather special ‘Michael 50’ Exhibition in the Ferrari Museum in Maranello which opened last Thursday 3rd January.
The opening day saw scores of fans and representatives of Scuderia Ferrari Clubs from all over Europe are flocking to the Ferrari Museum to celebrate the legendary racing driver’s half century.
The Maranello museum has put together a unique exhibition that tells the story of Michael Schumacher’s extraordinary record-breaking Formula One career in which the German champion won an as yet unequalled and remarkable seven world titles, 91 victories and 155 podium positions.
Visitors will find in the Hall of Victories, displays of some of the most important Ferrari single-seater cars driven in the eleven years Michael Schumacher was with the Scuderia. The cars range from the F310 of 1996, in which Schumacher won three Grand Prix in his first season with the team, to the F399, the car that won the Constructors’ title in 1999 and set Formula One’s oldest team off on a successful run of victories. There is also the F1-2000 of the legendary ‘Alba Rossa’ (‘Red Dawn’), when, some of you might remember, at Suzuka, Michael secured Ferrari its first the world championship title since Jody Scheckter some 21 years before. The exhibition also has on display the record-breaking F2002 and F2004, and the 248 F1 of 2006, in which Michael triumphed at the Chinese Grand Prix for his 72nd and final victory with Ferrari.
The exhibition also shows a lesser-known side of Schumacher, that of talented developer. After leaving Formula One, Michael remained at Ferrari not only to help the Scuderia but also to contribute to the development of various road cars, such as the 430 Scuderia in 2007 and the Ferrari California in 2008.
The Ferrari Museum is also home to everything to do with the famous Prancing Horse, where enthusiasts can go and live the dream first-hand as they are taken through a voyage of discovery and learn for themselves the history of this incredible marque that has graced the streets and racing circuits around the world.
The ‘Michael 50’ exhibition is running alongside ‘Driven by Enzo’ and ‘Passion and Legend’, which are already open at the Maranello Museum, and has been organised in partnership with the Keep Fighting Foundation.
Simon Burrell is Editor of Our Man Behind The Wheel and Editor-in-Chief of Our Man On The Ground Travel and Lifestyle Magazine.
Photographs courtesy of Ferrari