At the time I made this video of the Maserati collection:
The collection was owned by Umberto Panini who recently died on 29th November at the age of 83.
The following website gives a bit more history regarding the background of the collection:
On our first visit we did got a tour on his cheese farm (Hombre) as well. I recall the cows on this farm did happen to be Dutch (Fries stamboekvee). As such I figured he had made a fortune with this Parmigiano Reggiano business. Of course I bought some cheese in the shop including some specific items:
But I was wrong. The Panini family made a fortune with football stickers. Check the Wikipedia for further info on their company: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panini_Group
The following website paints a very good picture on Umberto's history and how he got involved in the sticker business. A must read:
From this you will learn that Umberto was also a great engineer. On his farm you will see lots of art items crafted by himself. How about these nice iron window covers:
If you are interested you can buy albums and stickers online: http://www.paninigroup.com/ or
And coming weekend there will be the Interclassics in the MECC in Maastricht
(http://www.ic-tm.nl/en/). And the theme is 100 years of Maserati.
I have understood that also a few Maserati's from the Panini collection will be shown. So guess where I will be this weekend.
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