Vintage car passion: Modena, Stanguellini Museum
Are you fond of vintage car? Here’s a place you can’t miss
Are you fond of vintage car? Here’s a place you can’t miss: the Stanguellini Museum, a shrine to the automobile, in the very centre of Modena in northern Italy. During what were the heroic years in car building, the greatest names in motoring all lived around here: Stanguellini and Ferrari were friends and often swapped ideas and advice. They were a group, who would spend evenings together in the trattoria… Good ideas came out at the table, over a bottle of Lambrusco and some salami. What can a vintage car museum teach us? To love things in general, not just motorcars, it preserves a nation’s traditions!
Video Full Text: Motor Valley: The Stanguellini Museum
In Modena everyone is an expert in motorcars and motorcycles!
That’s a nice 500 you’ve got there, it already has the telescopic fork!
In Modena the Motor Valley intersects the Via Emilia.
The Stanguellini Museum, a shrine to the automobile, is in the very centre of Modena.
Here we are in the land of tortellini, motorcars and beautiful girls.
This motorcycle is fantastic.
But Mr. Stanguellini is a total car addict!
Francesco Stanguellini is the son of Vittorio, the pioneer of the Motor Valley.
My father led the way, even if he only produced cars with small engines.
He was followed by Ferrari and the Maserati brothers.
The Stanguellini tradition goes on.
Francesco and Simone, father and son, from generation to generation.
The first car to be registered in Modena was his grandfather’s!
In the Stanguellini household even the toys are home-made.
This miniature Maserati was his feeding bottle.
I have always breathed in the smell of petrol and I grew up surrounded by cars.
His father, Vittorio Stanguellini, designed the Junior model in 1960 –
the car driven by Lorenzo Bandini and Manuel Fangio.
Vittorio Stanguellini was self-taught because no one was an engineer back then.
Not even the genius Enzo Ferrari, who only later was awarded an honorary degree in engineering.
But isn’t there even one engineer around here?
There’s only passion.
There’s the passion of Arturo, a lifelong chief mechanic who polishes everything.
The passion of Valentino who prepares the engines.
The passion of Giorgio who rebuilds parts on the lathe.
They’re artists! People with the love of cars in their veins, who live only for this.
During what were the heroic years in car building, the greatest names in motoring all lived around here.
Stanguellini and Ferrari were friends and often swapped ideas and advice.
They were a group, who would spend evenings together in the trattoria.
Good ideas came out at the table, over a bottle of Lambrusco and some salami.
It is the beauty of the design which is so striking.
The line is aerodynamic: sideways on, the cars look like droplets of water.
The outline of an aircraft’s wing.
So what can a vintage car museum teach us?
To love things in general. Not just motorcars.
It preserves a nation’s traditions!