Long time friendships are treasured
and most literature collectors build up relationships
with collectors who have similar interests. Your editor
began collecting Ferrari sales literature, books, magazines
and memorabilia in the 1970s and had the privilege of
associating with several distinguished Ferrari literature
Junichiro Hiramatsu, one of the world's foremost Ferrari
literature and automobile collectors and former president
of the Ferrari Club of Japan, has been a friend for
over 20 years. My interest in Ferraris continues and
news from Junichiro's activities are always greatly
appreciated. He is a very enthusiastic Ferrari fanatic.
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In September Hiramatsu and his son,
Masamitsu Hiramatsu, opened the "art galleria LUCE"
in Nagoya, Japan. The gallery consists of three parts.
One part is the display space of full size cars. At
the corner of this space the real Scuderia Ferrari
F1 Pit at Suzuka in 1999 has been put!!
At the grand opening there were six
cars 1947 Cisitalia 202SC, 1957 Ferrari 250GT TdF, 1963
Abarth Simca 1300GT, 1974 Lancia Stratos, 2003 Enzo
Ferrari and 1999 Ferrari F1 F399. All except the Ferrari
F1 are owned by the Hiramatsu family.
The second part of the gallery is designed for exhibitions.
An opening exhibition by well known automotive artist,
Hideki Yoshida of Paris, France, will be on display
until the end of 2004.
"Zero Craft", the third part
of the gallery, is a model car shop which displays rare
and exotic model cars for the enthusiast.
For additional information about Mr. Hiramatsu and his
exciting hobby and interests click here