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42 THE SHOP AUGUST 2017 A path weaves through the facility much like a museum, and the collection of cars and motorcycles, many of which are for sale, is eclectic. In fact, you can view the vehicles for sale on the Motorworld website ( Also on the ground floor are restoration shops where you can get up-close and personal to watch the process. There are six restaurants to choose from. My host, Xander Heijnen, took me to the Italian restaurant Da Signora and it was excellent. Of course, these venues and other spaces can be rented for private events—there's even a cigar lounge. CAR-THEMED HOTEL ROOMS After lunch, we took a tour of the V8 Hotel, which I should have stayed at but didn't due to a tight schedule. There are 10 themed rooms ranging from the Rennsport to the Car Wash. Some of the other rooms are mid-century style, albeit with an auto- motive twist. Such is the popularity of Motorworld that an adjacent hotel is being built, making it a perfect location to use as a base for visiting the other museums in Stuttgart. Motorworld Region Stuttgart is home to approximately 500 events a year, and similar Motorworlds are currently being developed in Cologne, Munich, Zeche Ewald (Ruhr) and Mallorca, Spain. In addition, the Motorworld Manufaktur concept is being rolled out in Berlin and the town of Metzingen. At Motorworld Manufaktur, it is all about handcrafted, mechanical work and restauration of vin- tage objects, including cars, motorcycles, bicycles and traditional art pieces. Entrance to the Stuttgart Motorworld was free and you could easily spend a day there. Guided tours were available for 95 Euros in German and 115 Euros in English (approximately $120), but that was for up to 30 people. That said, I never encoun- tered any language difficulties, as most Germans speak English. It's easy to picture similar auto-themed retail and commercial spaces springing up in the United States, featuring displays, performance and restyling shops, meeting and banquet rooms, dealerships, restau- rants and more, all celebrating our love of the automotive lifestyle. B o r n i n E n g l a n d , TO N Y THACKER is an accredited automotive journalist, author and book publisher, and served as marketing director at the famed SO-CAL Speed Shop. BRAVE NEW WORLD Classic and supercar owners can store their prized possessions under glass for all to see. Flight simulators offer an entertaining diversion.

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