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Did you know that Henry Ford’s famous Tin Lizzie raced at Le Mans?
Di you know that there was a Grand Prix Ford that raced against the Alfas and Bugattis?
Don’t feel bad, neither did we until Chris Martin introduced us to Charles Montier and family. This exciting story has never before been told in any detail in English. Martin describes how two generations of the French Montier family raced Fords with passion and success from 1921 to 1935. We proudly present Montier’s French Racing Fords as the third in our series of VeloceToday Select Folios available for orders next week. Only $20 with FREE shipping. For more about this new line of publications, click here or ask me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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By David Beare
It is unlikely that Louis Delagarde, the designer of Panhard’s flat-twin engine, could have foreseen the scale of competition successes his diminutive power-unit would achieve when he began work at his drawing-board during the dark days of World War II. [click to continue…]
Review by Pete Vack
All photos courtesy of author and publisher.
To celebrate the Ferrari automobile from 1947 to 2013, famed photographer Günther Raupp has added a fantastic new book to his traditional calendar for the discriminating Ferrari owner. The Raupp offerings, now sold via David Bull Publishing, include a HUGE calendar sprinkled with both Ferrari road and race cars, old and new, and a smaller Ferrari Formula 1 calendar with scenes from recent F1 events using photos from the best F1 photographers, selected by Raupp himself. And this year, a very special Ferrari book.
The Ferrari Book
Like Michael Furman, Günther Raupp is at the top of his game and currently he is the official Ferrari photographer. His new book is introduced by Piero Ferrari, who recognizes the difficulties photographers face when creating art with a still medium lacking in motion and the hallmark sounds of the Ferrari engine. Raupp, he writes, makes things move, capturing the essence of Ferrari with his lens. [click to continue…]
Retro on retro.
Fiat Innovates at LA Auto Show
By Richard Bartholomew
Photos by Wallace Wyss
At the LA Auto Show, Fiat had a large display, and showed signs of continuing to offer models that will appeal to those nostalgic for the “good old days” of Fiat. For instance, they came out with what is called the 500 1957 edition, copying the colors of the ’57 model imported to America. Of course back then it just had a two-cylinder city car but still was a worldwide hit, Autoweek saying 3,893,294 were built before production ended in 1975. [click to continue…]
The Bonetto Alfa Romeo as rebodied by Vignale in 1951. It disappeared in 1955. Photo from 'Alfa Romeo Milano.'
By Pete Vack and Dino Brunori
Perhaps the mystery of the missing Alfa Romeo 412 began back in 1975 with the publication of the photo book, Alfa Romeo Milano. British journalist Michael Frostick captioned a picture of Felice Bonetto’s special-bodied Alfa Romeo thusly:
Something of a mystery. The Alfa Romeo files say “16 cylinder 4500 Mille Miglia 1954 (Bonetto).” One can only assume a car was made up with a bored-out version of the Type 162, 3 liter, 16-cylinder car, or more likely, someone has made a mistake somewhere!
Indeed there was a mystery and a mistake, as Alfa 2.9 sleuth Simon Moore realized. The Bonetto car was fairly well documented in a variety of contemporary magazines as one of the four 1939 V12 (not a V16) Tipo 412 Alfas, rebodied post war by Bonetto via Vignale. The serial number was 412151, and after it was retired from competition in 1952, it was offered to Henry Wessells III for $3200 by Franco Cortese in 1954. Henry missed the deal and the car reportedly went to Spain. But by 1955 there was no trace of the car. It had seemingly disappeared, as old race cars are wont to do. [click to continue…]
'Of course I drive a car. What makes you think I don't drive a car?' Copyright Stan Mott.
Last week the owner of the Delage-Bequet described driving his aero-engined Grand Prix car; this week the Brooklands Museum Director, Allan Winn, takes us on a spin with the Napier W12-engined Railton, the car which conquered Brooklands for all time. We think you’ll find his words more informative and interesting than the videos, found at the end of the article. Our thanks to both for these exclusive stories Also, thanks to Paul Stewart, Brooklands Museum Marketing and PR Manager, and VeloceToday’s Jonathan Sharp
Driving Impressions by Allan Winn, Brooklands Museum Director
First off, the Napier-Railton is an enormously powerful, iconic machine. However, the overwhelming impression you have from driving it on a regular basis is how benign and user-friendly it is. That’s not to say it is an easy car to start or drive, but it is an extraordinary, well-behaved machine.
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