During a quick trip to Macau, we got the chance to visit a museum that gearheads and motorsport fans would surely love to check out before spending time behind slot machines. After docking at Macau Ferry Terminal and a quick Google search on the nearest local attraction, we found out that 1km from the terminal was the Grand Prix Museum, and we knew that we just had to walk right over for a quick tour.
The museum opened in November 1993 as part of the 40th anniversary celebration of the Macau Grand Prix. The small hall features automobiles, motorbikes and even mannequins (or were they crash-test dummies?) in the middle of a race tableau.
While the cars driven by Ayrton Senna, Michael Schumacher and other great drivers are sights to see, Filipinos will definitely feel pride and sadness when they see an area of the Grand Prix Museum dedicated to Dodjie Laurel, a revered Pinoy racer who died at the 1967 Macau GP.
Just like any other exhibit, short descriptions are strategically placed beside the displays so even non-enthusiasts will enjoy learning about the sport. There’s even a racing simulator for visitors to experience virtual high-speed driving on tracks. You can check out the display hall with trophies and shop at the commemorative store for pasalubong.
Macau's street circuit racing event was first held in 1954. By now, preparations are most likely underway for the upcoming race this November. So if you’re on the island (it’s just an hour away by ferry from Hong Kong after all), make sure to visit the museum. The best part is that admission is free!