CAM goes Italian with “Automobillia”
The ears are greeted with that uniquely distinctive note of the finely tuned exhaust system, you can tell even from a distance with your eyes closed “That’s a Ferrari coming”. The clean fluid body lines inspired by the racing legends, it just screams high performance. That’s a Ferrari.
It was a rare opportunity to view some 15 of the finest examples of the famed Italian sports car which were on hand for the special preview event at the California Auto Museum in Sacramento. The event, which ran from 11am to 2pm was a kickoff celebration for the upcoming Automobilia “Celebrating Italian Automotive Design” car exhibit which will be at the museum opening November 13th, 2010. The exhibit, sponsored by Ferrari of San Francisco, featured the unveiling of the plan for the event which will be staged inside the museum. A special display from the Ferrari Club of North America helped round out the décor.
The exhibit will feature vehicles with “Italian Pedigree”. Various cars from private owners and collections are being rotated in and out of the exhibit for variety. Approximately 15 cars will be on display at any given time.
After some photo opportunities provided by MaverickPhotography.us, the drivers separated out of the crowd to their vehicles in anticipation of the upcoming cruise through the streets of Sacramento. The engines lit up to the delight of onlookers. A 1966 Ferrari 275 GTS and a 246 GTS Dino, which were on display in the museum, fired up their engines and headed out to join the caravan followed closely by a race prepped Ducati, a fine example of Italian performance on two wheels. A lonely vintage Vespa scooter was left to watch over the empty space.
People in attendance gathered outside to listen to the variety of wonderful sounds as the cars exited the parking lot and proceeded to get up to speed down Front Street. Their destination was Hot Italian Restaurant at 16th and Q, to continue the festivities.
The mission of the California Automobile Museum is to educate and entertain while preserving and promoting the automobile and its influence on our lives. The Museum is open daily from 10am – 6pm (last admission 5pm) and every 3rd Thursday until 9pm