Also in the plans is a stadium to be built behind the museum on what is now a soccer field, with seating for 2,000 and a course on which Ferraris and Hispanos, Panhards and Delahayes will at last be heard as well as seen. Eighty percent of the museum cars are road-ready, and 40 to 50 of them will soon add their sounds to the chorus of nostalgia.
For years Fritz Schlumpf essayed to reproduce, with many authentic parts that he had collected, the Seventh Royale of Parisian industrialist Armand Esders. It had been destroyed during World War II. The museum invested $250,000 to complete the work on this fabulous car, an enormous open roadster, its body sea-foam green, its fenders double jade-green waves. It was at the Concours d'Elégance at Pebble Beach in August and will be on display at the Behring Museum in Danville, Calif., through December.
Hans Schlumpf died in 1989. Two years ago Fritz Schlumpf visited the museum in Mulhouse for the first time since his exile. He came to see the finished Royale and to stand for a while before his mother's photograph. Fritz died at 86 in Basel in April of this year.