McLaren’s Formula One team driver and a double World Champion Fernando Alonso opened his own museum in his native place La Morgal, Asturias on June 26, 2015. The museum is dedicated to his racing career. He also made a speech during the opening ceremony of the museum.
Director of the McLaren Formula One team Boullier and president of the Spanish federation of motorsports Carlos Gracia were present at the time of inauguration. He was also accompanied by his family for the opening ceremony of the museum.
“This is a special day for me after so many years of work and planning by my father, as well as coincidences that allowed us to find some of the things on show”, said Alonso.
In a museum there are collections of over 270 unique pieces, helmets, gloves, racing suits, and cars of Fernando Alonso racing career so far. Karting race track is also included behind the building.
“For me having a karting track where kids can pursue the same dream as me without worrying about making a living from it or travelling around the world, makes me very happy. I’ve never raced on a track like this so I have no hesitation in saying it’s the best in the world”, Fernando said.
— Eric Boullier (@eboullier) June 26, 2015
Alonso started his first drive on karting at the age of 3 and won three consecutive title ships from 1994 to 1997 held in Spain. He made formula one debut in 2001 with Minardi and currently racing for McLaren-Honda.
Alonso’s father, Jose Luis will be in charge of the day-to-day running of the museum.