GTO 3987 on Mulholland

GTO 3987 on Mulholland

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Riverside International Automotive Museum

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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