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14/12/2011 - Wonderful!

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Cars and drivers

From 9 December 2011 to 15 January 2012, the exhibit, "Belgian Racing Legends" presents more than 40 racing and rally cars in an original setting, bringing to life a starting line, framed by its paddocks and stands.

Coming from private collections, from museums, and from the drivers themselves, they have been selected from amongst those who have won our greatest victories. Brought together in this unique exhibit, these exceptional cars tell the History of an important page in the history of the Belgian sports car from 1949 to the end of the 90s.

Amongst them: numerous Ferraris (including the 166MM, driven again and again by Beurlys, and the 500TRC, driven by Bianchi, Harris, Mairesse, de Changy and Rousselle throughout the year 1957), and Porsches (including Jacky Ickx's 936/77 Spider, and the 959 driven by Ickx/Brasseur in the Paris-Dakar), as well as Audis (including the V8 Quattro Sport driven in the "Belgian 93 Procar"), BMWs, the Talbot Lago T26 belonging to the 4 accomplices who created the Francorchamps Team (Swaters, Pilette, Tornaco and Laurent), a Mercedes 300SL, the Jaguar type D, Christine Beckers' Rondeau/Inaltera, Swaters' Veritas, a mini-Cooper rally car, a 1961 Formula V single-seater, etc...

Though the guiding light of the exhibit is Jacques Swaters, who left us only a year ago, more than 60 Belgian drivers, whose awards cover the second half of the last century, will be honoured.

The exhibit will also include documents about the drivers and the cars, photo galleries, projection rooms showing period films, posters, display cases containing the drivers' trophies, miniatures, etc...

Autoworld

"" Automobile Museum is located in the south Hall of the Parc du Cinquantenaire in Brussels. A prestigious building, built in 1880 to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the creation of the Kingdom of Belgium. It was in this space that the first auto shows of Belgium were organised, from 1902 to 1936.

The 250 automobiles on display in Autoworld come from Ghislain Mahy's collection (which numbers over 1,000). They trace the most striking stages in automobile history in a spacious setting, which makes it easy for the public to see the cars up close.

But above all, Autoworld is the only place in the world where one can admire so many models of the prestigious Belgian production, which numbers more than 200 brands, including Minerva, FN, Excelsior, Fondu, Vivinius and Imperia.

Supporting this collection, permanent exhibits retrace the history of auto shows in Belgium, automobile design, and, coming soon, the history of the sports car, and much more.

NEW! At the end of 2011, Autoworld received a breath of fresh air and new theme areas were created where one can find exhibits such as public service vehicles (fire trucks, ambulances, etc.), "Eco" cars and automobiles belonging to the Court of Belgium etc...

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