VeloceToday for April 26, 2016

by pete on April 26, 2016

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Jerry Melton: Artist, Photographer, Friend

by pete on April 26, 2016

Ken Miles flying in the Shelby GT 350. Ken Miles flying in the Shelby GT 350.

Tribute by Cliff Reuter, Editor, www.etceterini.com

[Cliff Reuter’s website is always a treat and always growing, thanks to a lot of friends. One such was enthusiast and artist Jerry Melton. Jerry recently passed away after a battle with cancer and this article and photos are a tribute to him and his passion. Cliff was kind enough to allow us to share the following fantastic images of drivers, team owners, cars and a few of Melton’s cartoons (cartoons originally published in Sports Car Graphic magazine). Ed.]
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Wolfgang von Trips and His Museum

by pete on April 26, 2016

Wolfgang von Trips, 1958. Photo by Graham Gauld Wolfgang von Trips, 1958. Photo by Graham Gauld

Copyright Henk J. Brouwer (Arnhem – NL)

(July 2001, Boxmeer, Germany) On July 28th and 29th, the FCN (Ferrari Club Nederland), organized a rally which started at the former castle-convent “Elzendaal”. This convent was built in 1667 in a little town called Boxmeer, very near to the German border. The rally brought the participants and enthusiasts to Villa Trips “Museum for Racing History” (in German, “Museum für Rennsportgeschichte”). The location of the Villa Trips is very remarkable. It is set in a National, protected park in Kerpen/Horrem, next to Burg Hemmersbach.

Entering the area of the estate, the silence is serene. Ancient oak and beech trees rustle gently, although it was a calm day. A brick paved road lined with tall trees and old street lamps leads to the Villa Trips, and a Ferrari-flag attracted my attention. I became very curious about this famous home of Wolfgang von Trips.

Wolfgang Graf Berghe von Trips

Before learning something about Villa Trips, the museum and what it stands for, it’s necessary to know something about the famous race driver who was born and raised here. Wolfgang Alexander (“Wölfchen”) Graf Berghe von Trips was the son of Eduard Reichsgraf Berghe von Trips and his wife Thessa and was born in Köln on May 4th, 1928. The family lived in Bonn until 1932, when his father inherited the Hemmersbach castle. Castle living was the main motivation for moving to Hemmersbach. Here Wolfgang had a wonderful youth. In the years 1935 to 1938 he enjoyed the GP of Germany at the Nürburgring, so close it was nearly in the back garden of the Castle Hemmersbach. He never forgot those experiences.

At Silverstone in 1958, von Trips was driving the Dino 246. At Silverstone in 1958, von Trips was driving the Dino 246. Photo by Graham Gauld.

His driving license was obtained in 1946 just after the war. Von Trips was sent to college to obtain a degree in agriculture, as his parents wished that he would work on the large estate.

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A Little on Lancia Track Day

by pete on April 26, 2016

All the way from Germany only to run into some hail. But it didn't last. From Germany, this Aurelia is gorgeous in any weather..

Story and photos by Jonathan Sharp

I took a quick trip to Goodwood the morning of April 16 as the Lancia Motor Club were having their annual track day. Nothing much to report other than lots of Fulvias but only one Intergrale. The event used to be an Intergrale fest. Typical spring weather with sun, rain and then hail. We drove the Alfa GT and stayed dry and un-pummeled while the Lancias braved the hail.

There are a few questions for our Lancistas below, perhaps you can help identify a couple of models.

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La Leggenda di Bassano: Register NOW

by pete on April 26, 2016

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There are events, and there are EVENTS. VeloceToday covers the gamut, from the huge such as Concorso Italiano, Retro, Mille Miglia and Goodwood, to obscure, smaller affairs like those held each year at Bassano del Grappa, Italy which caters to barchettas particularly of the etceterini kind. It has got to be one of the most delightful affairs of all; a warm, friendly gathering of truly knowledgeable car enthusiasts.

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VeloceToday for April 19, 2016

by pete on April 19, 2016

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Lamborghini Miuras: On the Road

by pete on April 19, 2016

Guy Anderson is a famous exotic car dealer from the South who has identified himself with some of the most exciting cars including Ferrari, Lamborghini and the Cobra. Along the way he has had many adventures, some of which were harrowing at the time but are a good laugh now. He shared one story after being prodded by VT contributor Wallace Wyss.

Story and Photos by Guy Anderson

This tale begins with the purchase of a pair of Miuras. One was a 1966 P400 that was painted in white with red and blue accents. The slats, eyelashes, rockers, bumpers and grills were painted in either red or blue. It was bizarre to look at, kind of a “beater”. The second car was a pale blue 1969 “S” with the paint being considered flat, not very glossy.

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As Found Number Twenty Three

April 19, 2016

As Found Classic Number Twenty-Three Santa Croce – PARMA Italy Dear Peter: Last fall I found this car parked in the basement of a closed Fiat dealership in Cremona Italy. It had sat since 1979 and been “sort of” taken care of first by the now deceased owner and then his son. We know very...

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Techno Classica Show, Essen Germany

April 19, 2016

Story and photos by Hugues Vanhoolandt [We would like to mention that Hugues Vanhoolandt submitted his first story to VeloceToday from the Techno Essen show in 2008. His contributions in the past 8 years to the pages of VeloceToday are all outstanding. Thank you, Hugues! Ed.] Organized for the first time in 1989, the Techno […]

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Abarth Ascending

April 19, 2016

By Pete Vack Although new information has surfaced about the Cisitalia Abarth 204, in looking over years of notes, letters and books, we note that as far back as 30 years ago historian John de Boer got the facts down and got them right. He passed his knowledge on and we absorbed it into the...

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April 12, 2016

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