Michael Schumacher’s family has graciously donated the racing legend’s own collection of motorsport memorabilia for fans to enjoy.
The collection, considered one of the world’s most significant for motorsport, will go on permanent display at the new Motorworld car mecca being built in Cologne, Germany, a short drive from Schumacher’s home town of Kerpen.
Schumacher’s collection includes karts from his early racing days, some of his private sports cars, trophies, photos and other unique memorabilia, and, of course, most of the Formula One race cars in which he won his record seven world championships—including the 1994 Benetton B194 that he drove to his first title.
Motorworld Cologne is scheduled to open its doors to the public at the end of 2017, and best of all admission will be free for years to come. The first Motorworld opened at a former airport located near Stuttgart. The locations serve as a museum but also a place to buy and sell classic cars and get expert advice. There are also hotels and restaurants for visitors to enjoy.
“It is the heart’s desire of Michael’s family that all interested fans should get to see Michael’s collection without having to pay an admission charge,” Schumacher’s manager, Sabine Kehm, said in a statement. “It will enable them to revel in memories and bring those great times back to life again.”
Sadly, there’s been little positive news on Schumacher’s condition since his skiing accident in late 2013 that caused serious injury to his head. He is currently recovering at the family home in Switzerland, though in a rare update in September we learned that he cannot walk.
Motorworld Cologne concept drawing