Legends of Speed

Phoenix Art Museum presents landmark exhibition of iconic racing cars

From Nov. 3, 2019, through March 15, 2020, Phoenix Art Museum presents Legends of Speed, the Museum’s first major exhibition of racing cars. Legends of Speed showcases an unprecedented selection of more than 20 cars spanning six decades and driven by some of the greatest drivers in the history of racing, such as A.J. Foyt, Mario Andretti, Dan Gurney and Stirling Moss. The exhibition includes winners of 24 Hours of Le Mans, the Indianapolis 500 and the Italian Grand Prix, and featured marques will include Maserati, Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz, Alfa Romeo, Ford and Bugatti. Phoenix Art Museum will be the sole venue for this landmark exhibition.

“We are very excited to bring this remarkable collection of racing cars to Phoenix Art Museum,” says Gilbert Vicario, the Museum’s deputy director for curatorial affairs and the Selig Family chief curator. “Legends of Speed will enable our community to explore the artistry and design of these iconic cars, while learning about some of the greatest races and race car drivers in history. This exhibition is truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience many of the world’s most famous and successful race cars all in one place.”

1967 All American Racer, Gurney Eagle F-1 Race Car. Private Collection. PHOTO BY PETER HARHOLDT

Inspired by the success of the Museum’s 2007 Curves of Steel, the first art exhibition to explore the impact and influence of streamlining on American and European 20th-century automobile design, Legends of Speed will again bring a standout selection of historic cars to Phoenix, this time featuring legendary racing cars.

All of the featured cars are loaned to the Museum by internationally recognized collectors and automotive museums from across the United States and Arizona, including Melani and Rob Walton and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum. Highlights will include A.J. Foyt’s first Indianapolis 500 winner, loaned to the Museum by the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum, and Mario Andretti’s Formula-One championship winner, a 1977 Lotus 79.

Arizona audiences will also have the opportunity to view a Ford GT 40 that won the renowned 24 Hours of Le Mans in France twice, first in 1968 when it was driven by Pedro Rodriguez and Lucien Bianchi, and again in 1969 when it was driven by Jacky Ickx and Jackie Oliver.


Legends of Speed

Nov. 3, 2019, through March 15, 2020

Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix

For more information, visit phxart.org.

 

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