Exhibits feature Detroit steel, Italian exotics

 
 
Posted6/4/2018 6:00 AM
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  • Rick Mears' 1987 No. 5 Chevrolet-powered PC17 Indy car is now on display at General Motors' Renaissance Center headquarters in Detroit

    Rick Mears' 1987 No. 5 Chevrolet-powered PC17 Indy car is now on display at General Motors' Renaissance Center headquarters in Detroit Courtesy of General Motors

  • A dozen modern and vintage racing vehicles and pace cars fill the exhibit, including the 1967 Camaro Indy 500 pace car that was driven by Mauri Rose.

    A dozen modern and vintage racing vehicles and pace cars fill the exhibit, including the 1967 Camaro Indy 500 pace car that was driven by Mauri Rose. Courtesy of General Motors

  • "Film Emotions: Lamborghini and the World of Cinema" features a green Countach like one filmed in the opening scenes of "The Cannonball Run" in 1981.

    "Film Emotions: Lamborghini and the World of Cinema" features a green Countach like one filmed in the opening scenes of "The Cannonball Run" in 1981. Courtesy of Lamborghini

Just days ahead of the Detroit Grand Prix this weekend, General Motors transformed the heart of the company's Renaissance Center headquarters in downtown Detroit into a celebration of racing.

A dozen modern and vintage racing vehicles and pace cars from across the motor-sports spectrum fill the display, which is open to the public and will add additional vehicles this summer.

The exhibit includes such highlights as the 1967 Camaro Indy 500 pace car, the 2015 Corvette Indy 500 pace car and the 2018 Camaro ZL1 pace car.

Picking up the pace, track terrors like the 2001 Corvette C5-R American Le Mans Series race car, the 2015 Cadillac ATS-V.R IMSA GT-3 race car and 1987 No. 5 Rick Mears Chevrolet-powered Penske PC17 IndyCar race car are also featured.

One special piece is a hometown hero for us in the suburbs: the 2018 Camaro GT4.R World Challenge GTS race car, built by Blackdog Speed Shop in Lincolnshire.

Lamborghini at the movies

A number of scene stealers are lined up at the Lamborghini Museum exhibit in Italy.
A number of scene stealers are lined up at the Lamborghini Museum exhibit in Italy. - Courtesy of Lamborghini

Lamborghinis tend to be the cars of the stars and with good reason. These cars, too, often show up on the big screen.

The Italian automaker has opened a new exhibit at its museum in Sant'Agata Bolognese, Italy, showcasing Lamborghini cars from recent cinema.

The exhibit's layout, a mythical red carpet of Lamborghini rides and roadsters, is inspired by the Hollywood Walk of Fame. This runway leads visitors past its most iconic stars -- the most important Lamborghini models to have appeared in international films.

Walk through the doors and discover the first model on display: an Aventador like one used in the 2012 film "Dark Knight." Keeping up the superhero theme, a gray Huracán coupe is parked behind it, similar to the one used by Dr. Stephen Strange (played by Benedict Cumberbatch) in Marvel's "Doctor Strange."

An orange Miura P400 pays homage to the one used in the 1969 movie "The Italian Job," while a green Countach evokes the one used in the opening scenes of "The Cannonball Run" in 1981. It's not all sleek, sexy sportsters: making an appearance is an LM002 SUV that did see screen time in the fourth installment of the "Fast & Furious" franchise.

The exhibit, including several other A-list autos, is incorporated within the permanent collection of the Lamborghini Museum and on display through Oct. 31.

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