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VeloceToday for November 18, 2014

by pete on November 18, 2014


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Rent a Race Car to drive in the 2015 Mille Miglia, Bassano, and other Italian Vintage events! Drive this rare Siata Daina Coupe, an A.C. Ace, or a Colli barchetta or others. This is an opportunity of a lifetime. Contact me at vack@cox.net for further details.

All five of Burt Levy's fantastic racing novels now available as eBooks. Clic pic for more.

There are few good books on the Fiat Dino available. Now, Mike Morris’s great book on the Fiat Dino, “Ferrari by Another Name” is offered for sale. Like new condition, perfect dust jacket, a classic on a classic. Asking $300 USD plus shipping. Buy now to beat the XMAS postal rush.
Contact Will Grant,willgrant@yahoo.co.uk

Four issues of Historic Motor Racing USA, magazines published in the USA in the 2000s, sold as a group only at $100 plus $20 postage from France via paypal. V1 No 2, V1 No 3, December 2000/January 2001, V1 No 4, February/March 2001, V 1 No 5, April/ May 2001 Contact:Grahamgauld@Gmail.com

Four issues of Historic Motor Racing, magazines published in Hong Kong in the mid-1990s, sold as a group only at $100 plus $20 postage from France via paypal. V1 No 1 Aug/September 1994, V1 No 2 October 1994,V1 No 3 November 1994. V 2 No 1 January 1995 Contact:Grahamgauld@Gmail.com

*$25 Ads for anyone who has something to sell, to giveaway, or to holler about. Ad will be placed above the fold and run for one month. Contact vack@cox.net .

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Enrico Nardi, A Fast Life

by pete on November 18, 2014

Enrico Nardi, A fast life By Dino Brunori-Andrea Curami
Fondazione Negri, Brescia 2009 ISBN 88-80108-17-7
Hardbound, 198 pages, B&W and color
82.00 USD Illustrations above by Attilio Cariati

Sorry, ALL SOLD OUT for now…thank you for your orders!

Review by Pete Vack
Photos from the Dino Brunori Archives

Enrico Nardi would probably be bemused at the attention he continues to receive some 43 years after his death in 1966. More at home in the shop than in social situations, money, fame, or gold watches did not impress him much. One day, a well-dressed foreigner arrived at Nardi’s tiny garage in Turin, condescendingly asking a mechanic in coveralls to speak to the master. [click to continue…]

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Gijsbert-Paul Berk Remembers

by pete on November 18, 2014

This rendering for an open sports roadster on a Delahaye 135 MS chassis I made for my interview with the coachbuilder Pennock in The Hague, who worked for the Dutch distributor of the French make. I admit that the nose was inspired by that of the Jaguar XK 120. Because I knew that this car was well liked by Americans, a potential export market for such a car. But the crease in the wing line was an adaptation of that on the mudguards of the very classic Pennock convertibles, originally designed by Chapron..

We asked Gijsbert-Paul Berk to expound upon his visits to Saoutchik and Franay in the early 1950s as mentioned in Peter Larsen’s 3 volume book on Saoutchik. How did that come about? One question led to another, And of course, like many of us, we find that his love of cars started when he was very, very young. Unlike most of us, however, as boy he built his own radios and hid them in books. Read on.

Yes, he’s quite mad, we are sure of it…

Thank goodness for Sir Peter Ustinov. The versatile British actor is known to many car buffs of previous generations, even those with little theatrical interests, thanks to his hilarious Riverside recording of the Gibraltar Grand Prix and other records*. However only intimates were aware that Ustinov himself was a lifelong car enthusiast with a penchant for classic automobiles and sports cars. In his endearing biography Dear Me, Ustinov reveals that as a young boy he honestly believed that he was a car. “I was an Amilcar,” he wrote. There are probably a number of subscribers to VeloceToday who recognize such a mental aberration from their own childhood; I, for one, found Ustinov’s admission very reassuring, because I remember going to school, always running and making brumm, brumm sounds, like changing into a lower gear for each street corner. Most adults along the route looked at me with bewilderment, certain that this small boy was quite mad.

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Auto d’Epoca, Padova 2014 Part 1

by pete on November 18, 2014

Alfa Turbodelta

Can you belive its been 40 years since the Alfetta Coupe first came out. Alfetta Turbodelta on the Alfa Romeo factory stand

Story and Photos by Jonathan Sharp

The Automoto d’Epoca show (Oct 24-26) was a feast for the major manufacturers, but Ferrari attracted the most attention. The two Ferrari museums…the Enzo Ferrari in Modena and the Ferrari Museum in Maranello, pulled out all the stops to put on a different display. With a back catalog as rich as Ferrari might have, it would have been very simply just to pull a couple of old racing cars from the museums and plonk them down in the display hall. That would have too easy. Instead they found six of the rarest but UGLIEST Ferraris you are ever likely to see. (and watch for them to appear on the auction circuit in five year’t time for an outrageous amount of money!) The cars in question? Six test mules, or as the placards said, “Mulotipo’s”. We’d provide more info on the cars but that’s all there was, folks.
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Auto d’Epoca, Padova 2014, Part 2

by pete on November 18, 2014

Disco-Volante

Disco-Volante

Story and Photos by Jonathan Sharp

The Automoto d’Epoca show (Oct 24-26) covers ten halls of the Fiera Di Padova (Padova Fair ground). The halls are stuffed with one make car clubs, event stands and dozens of local classic car clubs. The factories of Alfa Romeo, Mercedes, Porsche, BMW and Volvo also have a strong presence at the show, showing heritage models mixed in with their latest, but it is the halls and outside avenues containing cars for sale which will really grab your attention and wallet. When was the last time you saw a Fiat 125 Vignale Eveline for sale? There was a white one just outside hall 7. A Fiat 2300 Ghia coupe? Three for sale. In moments of madness I often fancy a Lancia Thema 8.32, I had two to choose from and I am sure there were more. You need parts, two halls full of parts sellers. A tidbit for your Topolino ? No problem, A grommet for your Gamma? How many do you need? Just don’t expect to find that missing bit for your Morris Minor. If I had any money I would have blown the lot and then needed a car transporter to carry my purchases home. Below are about 24 photos so keep em scrolling. [click to continue…]

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VeloceToday for November 11, 2014

by pete on November 11, 2014


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Rent a Race Car to drive in the 2015 Mille Miglia, Bassano, and other Italian Vintage events! Drive this rare Siata Daina Coupe, an A.C. Ace, or a Colli barchetta or others. This is an opportunity of a lifetime. Contact me at vack@cox.net for further details.

All five of Burt Levy's fantastic racing novels now available as eBooks. Clic pic for more.

There are few good books on the Fiat Dino available. Now, Mike Morris’s great book on the Fiat Dino, “Ferrari by Another Name” is offered for sale. Like new condition, perfect dust jacket, a classic on a classic. Asking $300 USD plus shipping. Buy now to beat the XMAS postal rush.
Contact Will Grant,willgrant@yahoo.co.uk

Four issues of Historic Motor Racing USA, magazines published in the USA in the 2000s, sold as a group only at $100 plus $20 postage from France via paypal. V1 No 2, V1 No 3, December 2000/January 2001, V1 No 4, February/March 2001, V 1 No 5, April/ May 2001 Contact:Grahamgauld@Gmail.com

Four issues of Historic Motor Racing, magazines published in Hong Kong in the mid-1990s, sold as a group only at $100 plus $20 postage from France via paypal. V1 No 1 Aug/September 1994, V1 No 2 October 1994,V1 No 3 November 1994. V 2 No 1 January 1995 Contact:Grahamgauld@Gmail.com

*$25 Ads for anyone who has something to sell, to giveaway, or to holler about. Ad will be placed above the fold and run for one month. Contact vack@cox.net .

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Alfas and Ferraris at the Enzo Ferrari Museum

by pete on November 11, 2014

The Alfa Bimotore is on display in a quiet, beautiful, chapel-like setting.

Last week Jonathan Sharp wrote a report on the Maserati 100th anniversary celebration at the Enzo Ferari Museum. But he didn’t forget about the Ferraris, engines, and Alfas also on display, many in the new engine room–plus a replica of Enzo Ferrari’s office. We saved that part of the story for this week.

Story and photos by Jonathan Sharp Clic on pics to enlarge

Nestling, as if being protected, in the curve of the new display hall is the original workshop of Enzo Ferrari’s father Alfredo. A long and narrow building lit by many large arched shaped windows. The building was built during the latter half of the 19th century and would not have benefited from electric lighting hence the many windows. At the far end of the hall, roughly where the “Enzo” is now displayed, was, along with the machine tools that Alfredo used to shape metal, a stable which housed the horses used to draw the sulkies (2 wheeled trotting rig) and carts of the time. [click to continue…]

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CarsYeah: Interviews With People You Know

by pete on November 11, 2014

By Pete Vack

Carsyeah gave the editor a chance to chat about Mary, whose photos enabled him to get his articles published. Photo by Jesse Alexander

Mark Greene has got a good thing going. After spending the last 20+ years at Griot’s Garage where he helped the founder build up the business from the start, four months ago he started a new website, www.CarsYeah.com. [click to continue…]

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Touring, BMW, Victress: Designs Across Continents

November 11, 2014

This week we take you to Geoffrey Hacker’s site, Forgotten Fiberglass.com, to review an article we know many of or readers would find interesting. [Ed.]
By Geoffrey Hacker
Designs That Influenced The Styling Of The Victress S1 And Glasspar G2: The 1939/1940 BMW 328 Mille Miglia Roadster
What is the styling heritage of each of [...]

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VeloceToday for November 4, 2014

November 4, 2014

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Alfa Romeo Giulietta Instruction Book.
DIAS Public No. 780 10/61 (15.000). Incredible, excellent condition, 14 pages with FOUR fold out wiring diagrams for the Berlina, TI, Spider and Spider Veloce. No water marks, rips or tears; you will NOT find one in better condition! [...]

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Gauld at the Maserati Factory, 1957-1960

November 4, 2014

Last week, we presented a visit to the Maserati factory, circa 1963 as described by long time VeloceToday reader David Hewitt. This week, long time VeloceToday contributor Graham Gauld takes us back to the Maserati factory in 1957, 1958, and 1960. Says Gauld “Little was I to realize it at the time but in [...]

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Maserati at Enzo Ferrari

November 4, 2014

By Jonathan Sharp
Last winter, VeloceToday correspondent Jonathan Sharp left the British Isles to vacation in Italy and brought back absolutely stunning photo journey through the old Lingotto factory and the new Museo dell’ Automobile in Turin. He has just returned from yet another Italian Interlude, and a visit to the Enzo Ferrari Museum, [...]

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