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The Fittipaldi Museum turns 19 without an audience and with a hidden collection

Created in 2003, the Fittipaldi Museum, a house that will likely be devoted to the profitable profession of former Brazilian driver Emerson Fittipaldi in motor racing, with an exhibition of automobiles, trophies and different objects that marked his trajectory, has by no means been open to the general public .

That did not cease the initiative from making headlines: the whereabouts of his collection are at present unknown as it’s topic to lien claims by the two-time Formula 1 and Indianapolis 500 champion’s collectors.

The Fittipaldi Museum has an lively CNPJ registered for “museum actions and the research of historic websites and buildings and related points of interest” and is positioned on Avenida Rebouças, a noble space of ​​São Paulo, dwelling to a mansion that might have belonged to Emerson. The solely associate of the museum is the previous pilot himself.

Despite virtually 20 years of existence on paper, the museum solely turned the topic of the press in 2016, when a court docket promised and ordered the seizure of the Fittipaldi FD-04, the automobile that Emerson raced in Formula 1 within the 1976 and 1977 seasons; and the No. 20 Penske through which he received the Indianapolis 500 and the 1989 Formula Indy title.

The trophy for (*19*) first F1 title in 1972 was additionally up for grabs. At the time, representatives of the museum argued in court docket that the confiscated items had been their property, not the motive force’s – subsequently couldn’t be confiscated.

There aren’t any information of openings, occasions or exhibitions on the museum.

Creditors say the museum ought to safeguard the legacy

The yellow Copersucar is now staked

Image: Claudio Larangeira/UOL

In 2016, after the seizure of the automobiles, the protection of Banco ABC, which accrued a debt of R$393,000 in court docket, argued that there was hereditary confusion relating to (*19*) corporations, which made collection troublesome. He additionally said that the museum shouldn’t be absolutely regulated to satisfy its particular objective.

However, choose Rogério Marrone de Castro Sampaio understood that “there’s ample documentary proof (…) for the compilation of a collection in honor of the profitable profession of the pilot” and ordered the return of the objects.

The Justice of the Peace additionally stated that the museum might be legalized and that in any case it has an “autonomous existence and its personal authorized character. This offers it the legitimacy to personal belongings”. According to the choose, many of the automobiles had been solely nationalized by the IRS due to their connection to the museum.

Just a few months in the past, with a choice by Judge Fabiana Marini, in a case introduced by the corporate Sax Logística de Shows e Eventos, the Court as soon as once more pledged the historic automobiles.

In a court docket submitting, the previous pilot’s legal professionals challenged the seizure on the grounds that the products belonged to the museum. However, Sax Logística informed the court docket that the claims made by (*19*) protection had been “clear [do ex-piloto] to cover their belongings and defraud collectors’.

Fittipaldi responded to the accusation that the house was created years earlier than the contract with the aforementioned firm was signed. However, the choose upheld the seizure choice, stressing that the handle was the identical as that of the established firm, which she stated spoke of “apparent generic confusion”.

UOL Carros had entry to the automobiles

In December 2019 UOL automobiles took a shut have a look at the automobiles, which on the time had been assembled by Paulo “Loco” Figueiredo, a classic automobile collector and pal of the Fittipaldi household, at a property within the central space of ​​São Paulo.

The go to to the unofficial museum, referred to as “Espaço Fittipaldi”, was attended by Emerson himself, his brother Wilson and different relations – and led to an article printed on February 5 of the next 12 months.

Figueiredo then informed our reporter that he had assembled and restored the automobiles and that he was looking for sponsorship to maneuver the collection for public viewing to a different handle. However, shortly after the article was printed, the automobiles and different historic objects had been faraway from the handle.

The newest info that UOL automobiles obtained on the whereabouts of the automobiles is that they had been within the shed of the Athos by Chamonix automobile manufacturing unit, which produces approved duplicate Porsche automobiles within the inside of Sao Paulo.

Last April, we contacted businessman Newton Masteguin, proprietor of Athos, to substantiate the knowledge, and the response was that the automobiles “are [na fábrica] for a whereas and have already returned to him [Fittipaldi]”.

Several lenders are at present looking for to know the placement of those fashions.

Does Emerson repay money owed?

Recently, Emerson Fittipaldi said that 90% of his debt has been paid. However, in keeping with UOL Esporte, the declare shouldn’t be fully true. Debts would merely change fingers. This is as a result of the corporate AF Serviços Financeiros would purchase (*19*) money owed for smaller quantities.

“It is common in conditions like this to purchase money owed settled at R$ 1 million for R$ 100 thousand for instance. If the corporate recovers R$ 150 thousand, the revenue is its personal,” the report stated. According to the investigation, Manchete’s bankrupt property, for instance, agreed to obtain R$5 million, in six installments of R$833 thousand, to settle the debt, which on the time was already round R$30 million.

UOL Esporte additionally discovered that classic automobile collector Paulo Figueiredo, generally known as Paulo Loco, was behind the debt buyout, which he and Emerson deny. Paulo is the curator of a collection of classic automobiles that occupies 5 warehouses in São Paulo (the photographs under are from a UOL Carros go to to the location in 2019), however whose proprietor is stored a secret.

“I’ve nothing to do with Paulo Loco. He’s a pal who helps care for the automobiles,” says Emerson Fittipaldi.

With a lot of the previous pilot’s money owed settled, the constructing in Rebouças might be negotiated.

With the cash from these gross sales, the ex-pilot can settle pending AF points and nonetheless make a revenue. However, Emerson is mistaken concerning the technique.

Marcelo Magalhães, the proprietor of AF, says that since he’s a creditor of the previous pilot, he can not give interviews – beneath penalty of damaging the credit score restoration technique. But he confirmed that he had made funds to change into a debtor.

Does Fittipaldi earn cash from automobiles?

Fittipaldi appeared at Spa Francorchamps, Belgium with one of the historic cars, the Copersucar F5 - Reproduction - Reproduction

Fittipaldi confirmed up at Spa Francorchamps, Belgium, with one of many historic automobiles, the Copersucar F5

Image: Reproduction

A lawyer for considered one of (*19*) creditor corporations, who most well-liked to not be recognized, stated that though he cannot promote them, Emerson is making the most of displaying automobiles that marked his profession.

“At no level did (*19*) protection current proof that the automobiles had been donated to the museum. In truth, we imagine that that is one other try to guard the heritage, in any other case he would have donated the automobiles to F-1 or to the state of São Paulo, for instance. The inhabitants doesn’t have entry to those automobiles, as they solely seem in locations, the place it pays properly,” says the supply.

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