After Marc Sonnery's recent visit to Elysée Wednesday, he invited me to visit the Riverside International Automotive Museum which is owned by his friend Doug Magnon. Riverside Raceway played a large part in my formation as a racing enthusiast but I had never visited this museum and was glad for the opportunity.
We met for a delicious lunch at Magnone Trattoria after which we made the short drive to the museum where race cars and memorabilia are on display. What I did not expect to see was the interesting array of Maseratis in evidence. I have owned and driven a number of Maseratis and this is the first time I've seen a museum that is dedicated to the brand to such a degree. One can actually see an active restoration in progress with a Maserati Sebring being brought back from a neglected condition on the day of my visit.
This shouldn't have come as too great a surprise as Marc is a dyed-in-the-wool Maserati aficionado having owned and loved a Khamsin so who better to conduct the guided tour? His newest book is on the subject: Maserati - the Citroen Years 1968 - 1975.
The museum can accommodate group events and catering lunch or dinner on the premises is not uncommon for car clubs looking to stage a special event. It occurred to me that it would make an interesting drive for Kenny Lombino to make on one of his Ferrari Club of America drives.
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