Fer­rari: Un­der the Skin Lon­don

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This show ex­plor­ing Fer­rari’s fas­ci­nat­ing his­tory has plenty of vroom, vroom. Movie stars such as Clint East­wood, Sammy Davis Jr and Brid­get Bar­dot pose in pho­to­graphs with their prize wheels. The hel­mets of rac­ing greats are pre­sented like holy relics. Then there are the cars: the 1957 250 GT Cabri­o­let owned by Bri­tish racer Peter Collins, which saw the brand move off the rac­ing cir­cuit and on to or­di­nary roads; the 1967 275 GTB4, con­sid­ered the fairest Fer­rari of them all, with its whoosh of a bon­net and crouched back end, ready to spring; the F1-2000, in which Michael Schumacher won more cham­pi­onships than any­one else in the his­tory of rac­ing. The mod­els go on and on, across the decades, £140m-worth of ex­pert en­gi­neer­ing housed in glossy metal. The so­cial his­tory is equally com­pelling, as the show ex­plores how Enzo Fer­rari and his team pur­sued their vi­sion of an elite mo­tor against a back­drop of aus­ter­ity and practicality in Italy fol­low­ing the sec­ond world war. SS

De­sign Mu­seum, W8, Wed to 15 Apr

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