Ever wonder where all that money you pay for gas goes? Well, $5,000,000,000 of it has been accounted for and, no, it hasn’t gone to making the world a better place. It’s gone to one man’s collection of 7,000 high performance cars. That’s not a typo, that’s nine zeros. Hassanal Bolkiah, Sultan of Brunei is the proud collector of what is undeniably the world’s most unique and gargantuan car collection. Where do you keep 7000 of the world’s rarest cars? Well, he doesn’t have a 7000 door garage, instead he stores most of them in five ultra-secret aircraft hangars, featuring a team of specialists from different car manufacturers to keep the cars happy. By now you’re probably wondering what is in his lavish collection and, well, the statistics are quite staggering. According to the Daily Mirror, as of June 30th 2010, The wealthy sultan is a proud owner of 604 Rolls Royces, 574 Mercedes-Benzes, 452Ferraris, 382 Bentleys, 209 BMWs, 179 Jaguars, 134 Koenigseggs, 21 Lamborghinis, 11 Aston Martins, and 1 SSC.
Hit the jump for more some more staggering information on this one man’s car collection.
If you were to put up a museum to house the world’s largest collection of James Bond vehicles, chances are you’d put it up somewhere in England where the fictitious secret agent lived. If not London, there are plenty of metropolitan areas around the world that would step up to the plate. You know, cities like Paris, New York, Munich, Monte Carlo, or even Moscow.
But instead of those cities, the Museum of Bond Vehicles + Espionage will be built in Momence, Illinois. Excuse us if this caught us off guard a little bit, but apparently, that small town in the heart of rural Illinois where only about 3,000 folks live will also be called the home of James Bond’s most prestigious custom vehicles.
Even if the site was given full blessing by the Ian Fleming Foundation, which if you didn’t know any better, you would have thought that these people would have thought of a more appropriate place to put such a fine collection of entertainment memorabilia. Of course, as it turns out, the location may not be all that absurd considering that the man who owns most of these vehicles, Doug Redenius, is not only the vice-president of the Ian Fleming Foundation, but also calls Momence, Illinois home.
Now that we’ve justified the location – somewhat, at least – let’s dive into what to expect from the museum. From what we’ve gathered, the site will rise from an old car dealership and the Bond-stamped vehicles scheduled to be displayed include the famous Lotus Espirit submarine from The Spy Who Loved Me, as well as the now famous Aston Martin Volante that stole the show in The Living Daylights. More cars are scheduled to be displayed and we’ll keep you posted as soon as more information becomes available.
Ten years in the making and many disputes with developers and state and local governments later, the LeMay Museum has finally broken ground as of last week. Fitted with a budget of about $100 million and a timeline of 18 months until completion, the LeMay Museum will bring to light the astounding collection of Harold E. LeMay, founder of a waste management business in the state of Washington.
Harold E. LeMay was able to collect about 3,000 cars during his lifetime which is deemed the largest collection of its kind by the Guiness Book of World Records. In 1998, LeMay founded the LeMay Museum with the intentions of displaying his marvelous collection for all to see. Unfortunately, Harold LeMay was unable to see the completion, or even the start for that matter, of his museum before his death in 2000. Of course, as they say, behind a great man there is a wonderful woman and following his death, LeMay’s wife, Nancy, took on the project. With her many fundraising efforts, Nancy LeMay was able to allocate $15 million of her own along with $11 million from the state of Washington, and $1.6 million from AAA car club.
The design for the museum consists of a spiraling display ramp and lots of chrome and glass featuring 500 of LeMay’s classic automobiles sitting on nine acres. Retail shops, dining, and entertainment venues will also take up shop on this parcel of land. Developers project a total of about 425,000 visitors and $34 million in revenue per year.
Among his collection of 3,000 automobiles, LeMay has a 1916 Buick Abadal, a 1924 Lincoln L Towncar, a 1929 Ford Model AA, a 1950 Chrysler New Yorker Convertible, a 1959 Chrysler 300E, a 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray, a 1983 DeLorean DMC 12, and just about everything in between.
We have an idea! Let’s take aPorsche and chop it down the middle just to see what it would look like! Sound crazy? That’s because it is! We will admit to not understanding certain elements of art, but we think the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart, Germany has gone way too far. They not only sliced one, but many Porsches as a sick and twisted demonstration of the inner workings of this beautiful beast.
Okay, let’s regain some sort of composure here.
Give us a second.
Now, albeit insanely demonic, the “modified” Porsches do serve an educational inside look at the design stages of building a Porsche. This exhibit consists of various stations that start with the clay models of the Porsche and end with the full on models being sliced open to reveal their guts. This artistic display even shows details such as the first aid kit and the seats being cut in half. The murder on display alone would not be highly educational, but the videos positioned at each station help that aspect with narrations of each stage of development.
Putting aside the immoral destruction of the galloping stud, this display may be kind of cool. It’s not every day you get to see this type of vehicle in such a different perspective. Of course, this is why we had to post these pictures for all to see. Tell us what you think.
Porsche fanatics – yes, we know that they are a lot of you – will be thrilled to know that the car Porsche considers as the “first ancestor of all Porsche sportscars” will be making its maiden voyage to the US where it will be prominently displayed at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Georgia from March 21 to June 20.
The car, of course, is the Porsche Type 64, which if you must know, was developed back in 1938, making it the predecessor of sorts for the fabled Porsche 356. As a matter of fact, the Type 64 is so important to the history of the brand that just about every Porsche model created thereafter – from the 356 to the newest Porsche 911 - took its styling cues and construction methods from this very same car.
After being meticulously restored, the Type 64 sat in what Porsche describes as the “first and most prominent exhibit” since the company opened the new Porsche Museum in Zuffenhausen last year. The three-month trip to the US marks the first time the car will leave its safe confines to be exhibited at the High Museum of Art’s ‘The Allure of the Automobile’ exhibit.
It’s pretty easy to surmise that the history of Porsche can be traced to this one car, which makes it even more compulsory for all Porsche enthusiasts in the US to make the pilgrimage to Atlanta to see up close and personal the car that has shaped Porsche – literally and figuratively – to become the brand that it is today.
Press Release after the jump
Porsche welcomes 500,000th visitor to the Porsche Museum; gives them a whole weekend with a Panamera
The Porsche Museum in Stuttgart has only been open for about 11 months but in that span, the museum has already attracted thousands upon thousands of visitors from all over the world.
We don’t know how they kept count, but Porsche recently announced that they’ve just welcomed its 500,000th visitor to the Museum of Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG – or Porsche Museum, so as not to confuse anyone.
It’s a remarkable achievement for Porsche, which only opened its new state-of-the-art museum 11 months ago on January 31 of this year. The Rosenberger family was bequeathed with the distinction of becoming visitor no. 500,000 and Porsche will award them so kindly with a free high-power test drive of the brand’s new flagship luxury sports car, the Panamera, for an entire weekend.
We figured that Porsche should just give them the car, but we don’t make that decision. Nonetheless, taking it home for an entire weekend for all your friends and neighbors to see is a pretty sweet deal in itself.
Porsche’s state-of-the-art museum in Stuttgart, Germany will have a special guest in the coming weeks in the form of the new 2010MY 911 Turbo. The exhibit, which will be held from November 21 to 29, will showcase the new 911 Turbo alongside some of its predecessors, in addition to the never-released prototype of the 911 Turbo, which, incidentally, was the same car that was used during the 911’s testing and development stage.
If the special exhibit isn’t enough to make Porsche enthusiasts wallop in excitement, the German automakers are also in the process of releasing a new coffee table book – the fourth one from Porsche’s in-house publishers – entitled, “Porsche Turbo Stories”.
The 224-page book will be available from the Porsche Museum shop for
around €15 in both English and German versions. The latest book from “Edition Porsche-Museum” chronicles the storied history of the 911 Turbo including the release of never-before seen photos of the sports car that were dusted off from the company’s archives. In addition to that, the book also highlights every 911 Turbo ever built – from the first 911 Turbo 3.0 that rolled off the lot in 1974 to the latest incarnation, which was revealed at the Frankfurt Motor Show.
If you’re a Porsche fanatic and you happen to be near the area from the 21st to the 29th, you have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to relive the history of one of the most iconic cars of our time.
The Mercedes-Benz Musuem in Stuttgart, Germany will host two special exhibitions over the next few months that’s sure to captivate the imaginations of Mercedes-lovers and car freaks everywhere.
The first of these two exhibits will run from November 2009 to March 2010 and is being called “A Journey of Innovations”. This exhibit will highlight the evolution of the Mercedes brand from its humble beginnings more than 100 years ago to its current status as one of the premier carmakers in the world. Among the cars that are scheduled to be displayed includes a Benz Patent Motor Car of 1886, a Mercedes-Benz 300 SL from 1955, a 2009 E 250 CDI, and one of the brand’s latest creations, the S 400 HYBRID.
The museum’s other new exhibit – which will run from December 2009 to January 2010 – is all about the future of the Silver Arrows. Titled as ‘Concept BlueZERO’, the exhibit will highlight three unique vehicles that Mercedes hopes to launch sometime in the future. Taking advantage of its new BlueZERO technology, the brand will display a BlueZERO E-CELL PLUS with an electric motor and an auxiliary internal combustion engine, a BlueZERO E-CELL that comes with an exclusive battery electric drive, and a BlueZERO F-CELL, which is equipped with a fuel cell technology. All three cars are being displayed to show the remarkable gains Mercedes has achieved in their efforts in developing vehicles that come with alternative drive systems.
Both exhibits are bilingual – a choice between English or German – so you won’t have any problems keeping up with the guides. The Mercedes Musem is open from every day except Mondays, from 9 am to 6 pm. If you happen to be in Stuttgart at the time when these exhibits are open, it might be worth your time to give it a look-see.
Press release after the jump.
We’ve seen a lot of exhibits done throughout the years of models made from the most random of objects. There’s been a Lego-made Empire State Building, an Eiffel Tower replica made from paperclips and a house of cards that was inevitably became the Taj Mahal.
What we haven’t seen though is someone create an actual replica of something using only Styrofoam. That is, until this week.
Michael Salter, a name many of us ought to become familiar with for his uncanny knack of producing life-sized replicas of objects using only Styrofoam. His latest work of art is a life-sized model of a Formula One car he made exclusively from styro scraps, wall paintings and digital drawings.
It seems easy to think about doing some of these things but when you see the actual product, you realize just how tough, not to mention tedious, a task like this can be.
Check out the photos to see Salter’s work of art, which by all accounts, is a virtual styro-masterpiece.
Porsche’s old museum at its headquarters in Stuttgart, Germany used to follow the maxim "Small but good", and a visit there proved it. The whole museum and gift shop was located in a space that was about the size of most company’s boardrooms. The clear benefit to the small area was every piece featured was significant. The huge drawback was that everyone who saw that museum knew there was huge piece of the company’s history missing.
Porsche did not ignore this problem. It spent over two years building the new museum, which opened its doors on January 31, 2008. When we made the visit earlier this month it still had the new museum smell.
This is the ultimate destination for any Porsche fan. It not only houses all the significant pieces from the company’s history, but also concept cars that have been long forgotten. Ever wonder what Butzi’s original design was for the 911? (pictured right) Or what a long-wheelbase 911 would look like? (orange car in the picture gallery)
The new museum gives Porsche the room it deserves. The multi-story complex features road cars, racecars and even an observation area into the restoration facility. Porsche is a celebrated carmaker, and its finally got the showcase it deserves.
Of course anyone taking the time to travel to Stuttgart wants to see the factory complex surrounding the museum (trust me, it’s worth it). Unlike the Leipzig facility, Porsche’s home factory is not available to everyone and takes some planning ahead. A good start is making friends with the local Porsche dealer.
Plenty more pics in the picture gallery after the jump.
After seeing the new GTIs fresh from the assembly line, it was time to see the rest of Volkswagen’s grounds at its Wolfsburg facility. Next to the factory at VW’s headquarters in Germany is an automotive theme park called the Autostadt. We’ll post a full breakdown shortly, but until then here’s a little teaser.
Back in November we saw a few pics from when VW upgraded its Bentley pavilion to become the "Premium Clubhouse". It now features this mirrored Bugatti. Although we may have seen the car before, we’re always looking for a good excuse to show it again.
This is where bedroom wall posters come to life.
Galleria Ferrari is the official Ferrari museum in Modena, Italy. It isn’t the largest museum of all the supercar manufactures, but since it houses some of Ferrari’s rarest and most significant pieces, it is absolutely impressive. If Ferrari creates passion, than the Galleria Ferrari is an orgy.
Enzo Ferrari was known for only building road cars to support his racing interests. This is reflected in the museum, with over half of the space showcasing different forms of competition vehicles. But this doesn’t mean the Galleria Ferrari is a racing museum. This multi-story complex houses everything from classic F1 racecars to the California. As an added bonus, because much of Ferrari’s business is done in English-speaking countries, so all of the important historical information is also written in English.
The only problem with the museum is that it is too impressive. Because I got to spend time up close with an Enzo, 250 California, and all those racers, I got a little desensitized. I only realized after leaving the museum that I quickly passed over cars like the 550 and the 612 because they were just “regular” Ferraris.