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From the race track to the museum, the fast and furious arrive

By Carole Mikita | Posted - Jun. 1, 2012 at 10:08 a.m.


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SALT LAKE CITY — A new art exhibit can take you from zero to 60 in less than four seconds.

An exhibit at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts will soon display race cars such as a 1975 Speed-o-Motive Special Streamliner, a 1952 "Beast 111" or a 1935 Mormon Meteor 1. The display houses 19 vintage automobiles — built for speed and worth $100 million.

"Some are very, very, very rare," said Gretchen Dietrich, executive director of the museum. "Some have been owned by amazingly famous and important people. Some have been driven by the more important race car drivers of their day."

Each one has a story, like the 1929 Bugatti.

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"Speed, the art of the performance vehicle," will be at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts, June 2-Sept. 16.

"This car won two Grand Prix," said exhibit curator Ken Gross. "The interesting thing about it is, fenders were an option on this car and unlike today's Formula One cars that you can't drive on the street, you could drive this car to work."

Some call them technological sculptures.

"This is a new way of getting people exposed to a museum and seeing moving art inside of a museum," said Price Museum of Speed ambassador John Price.

The exhibit, "Speed, the art of the performance vehicle," will be at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts, June 2-Sept. 16.

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