Thanks to Google we can visit the museums reviewed without leaving home. Its Street View technology makes it possible that, if we are not lucky enough to travel to Motegi, Hiroshima or Sant 'Agata Bolognese, we can dive a little in these sanctuaries. The truth is that, as in his Art project, dedicated to the world of art, that's how it's nice.
Let's start with the last one on the list, the one with the antler brand. Opened in 2001, it has two plants and brings together both large production models and prototypes. Below are the older cars, specifically a 350 and a 400 GT, two Miura, S and SV; Islero, Espada, Jarama, LM 002 and the Countach prototype! And above we have the most modern, among which are the Miura Concept, the successors proposed by Gandini and Zagato for the Diablo, a Reventón, two F1 engines with the house -Lola-Larousse and Minardi M. 191 / L-, an Aventador and the latest Countach and Diablo, 25 Anniversary and 6.0 SE, respectively.
Navigating the museum can be a bit chaotic at first. Think that you can basically do two things: scroll and zoom in on what you want to see more closely. We can move both by clicking any point on the stage and clicking on the arrows, and we can rotate in the same way or using the compass above. If you leave Street View or get stuck when zooming in, remember that you can go back in zooming in and that it is possible to reduce with the +/- signs in the upper left margin or with the mouse wheel. Finally, keep in mind that to go upstairs you have to click on the first rung of the ladder and that we can ride, pointing inside, in some of the sports cars: for me, for example, it has been a pleasure to climb the green proto of the Countach.
Not bad at all, right? It's a shame that we still can't access the assembly line ...
Let's go with the Honda Museum; If you are a biker, you are probably going to love it. It is made up of three floors, the first being the technology and environment area, focused on robotics and ecological vehicles. In the second, the march begins: on the one hand, we can access the brand's "street" automotive line, from the tiny trucks and utility vehicles to the current models, passing through the roadsters of the sixties in imitation of the English of the same era and affordable sports coupes from the '750s Prelude type. On the other hand, we have the motorcycle chronological line, with a lot of units on display that include aces of the likes of the XNUMX CB Four or the Africa Twin, to name just two examples.
The third floor is reserved for the competition, divided again between the four and the two wheels and with a profusion of old vehicles. Lotus John Player Special, McLaren Honda, the quintessential red cross champions or various Montesa-Honda occupy this space for contemplation.
Regarding the navigation of the Motegi collection, I have to say that I find it somewhat more confusing than that of Sant 'Agata Bolognese. I don't know why it has been more cumbersome, imprecise, almost always having to click on the scroll arrows to move. In addition, not being able to read the many explanatory posters, no matter how large they are, I think that a large amount of information is lost that, if Lamborghini was not very important, here it is frankly necessary. Anyway, put to ask that it is not missing! Of course, the mechanism to change the floor is much better: just select the one we want in the upper left margin of the screen (1,2,3) to go up or down in the same position.
And finally we come to the Mazda Museum. It is smaller, it has only one plant -yes, it is true, there are two, but in the one below there is nothing that is worthwhile- and in this one a beautiful timeline on the wall of the entrance and, above all, really strange things like a huge blue motorcycle -the T2000- or rotary engines. The truth is that the latter are the automotive heritage of the Hiroshima brand, which has made them work as they should, although with enormous oil consumption, in sports models such as the RX-7 on display. They are the pride of the company and a special room is dedicated to them, just before the space of what is possibly the king of the collection: the Le Mans winning 787B.
There are other big-name cars too, like the pioneering Cosmo and the MX-5 which will soon be a classic in my opinion. Further on there are other rooms dedicated to the brand's modern manufacturing methods and renewable energy research, something that is beyond the scope of this short article.
It has been VERY difficult for me to find the Mazda collection, there was no way to get into the part of the upstairs it is on! Anyway, I leave you directly at the door, so that you do not have to go through walls as I have done. Until another!