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Ronnie Peterson museum opens in Sweden 04 Jun 2008

Ronnie Peterson(SWE) Lotus 72, pole position and retired with a broken gearbox after leading for 52 laps Spanish GP, Montjuich, 29 April 1973. World ©  Phipps/Sutton

A museum dedicated to one of Formula One racing’s most beloved drivers, Ronnie Peterson, has opened in the Swede’s home town of Orebro. Peterson tragically died from injuries he sustained in a crash at the 1978 Italian Grand Prix, and now almost 30 years later a permanent exhibition has been established to celebrate his life.

Amongst the items on show at the Ronnie Peterson museum are examples of his racing kit and other memorabilia from his career. Peterson’s famous Lotus 72 car will also go on display in the near future.

The Swede made his Formula One debut at the 1970 Monaco Grand Prix, driving a Ford-powered March. He won his first race at the 1973 French round, and took a further nine F1 victories before his untimely death.