The Michael Schumacher collection has opened today at the Motorworld theme park in Cologne, Germany, showcasing over 200 pieces from Schumacher’s private collection – as a celebration of his career and to share with fans.
The collection is hosted in a gallery, free to entry, containing 16 cars, 50 trophies, 25 helmets and many more items personally selected by the Schumacher family and Schumacher family manager and collection curator Sabine Kehm.
Speaking to Racefans’ Dieter Rencken today, Sabine said that “It’s a decision of Michael’s family to share with the fans, also as a thank you. As you know, family is really about loyalty and the fellowship but also because they know that Michael loves this stuff and they know that he loves that people love to share it with him. When he was celebrating victories he loved that people wanted to do so with him.
“He always liked it when he saw that people were happy as well, that’s very honestly the thing behind it.”
Termed a collection, rather than a museum, the principle is that this reinforces the personal nature of what is on display. Sabine Kehm said that “With a museum you try to collect all kinds of things from areas or person in order to showcase a life or career.
“We’ve put on display a part – a very important part, in my view, of Michael’s personal collection. And all the memorabilia here are from Michael’s own personal collection.”
The only items in the collection not personally belonging to Schumacher are a Mercedes sports car and Formula 1 car, considered important to represent the breadth of Michael’s career.
Amongst the personal items is a helmet made for Schumacher when it looked as though he would replace injured Felipe Massa at Ferrari in 2009. Neck issues prevented Schumacher taking up the role, so this represents the first publicly accessible display of the helmet.
The Michael Schumacher Collection is on display at Motorworld, Cologne.
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