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Artur Monday, 24 December 2012

The Motor Museum

But Signor Ernesto Costa really does have a lot. And we no longer know where to put them or even how to move them around: it’s getting out of hand!
The Motor Museum
The jewels of Signor Costa as found in his Motor Museum! He has driven them all, some in the garage itself!
He bought the first one in 1946; it was a German NSU, and to get it he signed 12 bills of exchange for a 14.750 lire each. Can you just imagine? I would never have done it but on the other hand you have to admit that today his collection contains models from many sought after vintage years and can be rightly considered museum items: Airone, Guzzi Superalce, Guzzino, Nuovo Falcone, Galletto, BSA, Capriolo, Moschito, Matchless, Lambretta, MW, 1918, ‘20, ‘35, ‘40, ‘46, ’80, and motorbike sidecars… but the crazy thing is that there is not just one model of each type, of Guzzi cars for example there is a complete row! There’s a Harley Davidson of the pilot Bergamotti too. I am not a racing fan but I like to find out how these vehicles were constructed. In the museum there are examples of a wooden drum brake, bycylinder engines, acetlyne run lights, or even straightforward coalminer style lamps. All pretty fantastic when you think about it!
Signor Costa has driven them all, all are still functioning and they come out of the garage with the engine roaring! If I have to name a favourite I’ll go for the Czech Jawa, a firey red with space for 2 only. I’d use it to go to Munich. I would never make it that far but if I were to receive it as a present I would try !
The times when Signor Costa would come down to the gargage with 4 or 5 guests, choose a car for each of them, and then set out on a trip around the 4 Dolomite passes, are now over. However visits can still be arranged. I could show you the film of the museum – it’s quite nice and you can hear the engines of the most famous of the cars and see pieces of film from the thirties showing a group of motorcyclists, the lake of Misurina, the peaks of Lavaredo…. but most of the guests prefer to experience the museum in silence so I often turn off the show and they focus on the vehicles themselves, and of course an occasional observation or two is made, all being in a relaxed and relaxing manner.
The Motor Museum
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