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VeloceToday for December 16, 2014

by pete on December 16, 2014

Today, please give VeloceToday a present for the Holidays. It won’t cost a cent: SIMPLY TELL TWO FRIENDS ABOUT VELOCETODAY. We know you like what we do and we bet that your friends will agree. Of course, if you would like to use the Donate button (credit cards and Paypal) instead, that’s OK too! We wish all a Happy Holiday season!


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Limited Edition, numbered Stanguellini prints available now from Graham Gauld. Email directly for prices and shipping; several numbered copies of the below art still available. Shipping location is Southern France. Click on photo to see all selections.
Contact:Grahamgauld@Gmail.com

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Classic car portraitist offering fine art tees of his favorite paintings. All have caption pertaining to art services. Available now, L,S,2XL, and M.Other sizes require two weeks wait. $50 each.

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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.
Don’t wait, these cars are rented out quickly for 2015!
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All five of Burt Levy's fantastic racing novels now available as eBooks. Clic pic for more.

*$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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Saoutchik's 1925 Hispano Suiza ad illustrates the styling motifs and transformable functions of the period.


Jacques Saoutchik Maître Carrossier
By Peter Larsen and Ben Erickson
Regular Edition ISBN 978-1-85443=269-8
500 numbered and signed copies, $500
Deluxe Leather Edition: ISBN: 978-1-85443-270-4
Twenty Deluxe, signed copies, each hand-crafted by English artisans in full leather with hand-marbled endpapers. Each set delivered in custom-made slipcase and protective Solander box. ONLY TWO DELUXE SETS LEFT!
Order from Dalton Watson

Review by Pete Vack
All images are credited to the rights owners in the physical book Jacques Saoutchik, Maître Carrossier.

It is an honor for us to be chosen as one of the few to have received this book for review, and therefore our duty to do the best job of it, even if the run may be sold out before we review it! Already the awards are coming in: In association with EFG and Octane Magazine, the International Historic Motoring Award for Publication of the Year was awarded to Peter M. Larsen and Ben Erickson, the authors of Jacques Saoutchik, Maître Carrossier, at an awards ceremony held November 20th, 2014 at London’s St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel. [click to continue…]

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Saoutchik History in Photos

by pete on December 16, 2014

Our sincere apologies for the use of this photo of Diana Dors and her Delahaye to draw attention to the life and times of Jacques and Pierre Saoutchik. Unfortunately, there was no other photo which promised to do the job in a more comprehensive fashion.


In this article, we present a series of images from the one thousand, nine hundred and thirty three published in the three-volume book, Jacques Saoutchik Maître Carrossier. All images used with permission of the publisher and author in conjunction with the book review. All are credited to the rights owners in the physical book. We have borrowed images from all three volumes but compiled them in chronological order to illustrate Saoutchik designs from the early 1900s to 1954. [Ed.] [click to continue…]

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Remembering Norbert MacNamara

by pete on December 16, 2014


By Wallace Wyss

One of the most colorful characters I ever met in the classic car circles was Dr. Norbert McNamara.
When I met him I was in the newly formed Iso-Bizzarrini club. Colonel McNamara owned at least two Bizzarrinis at one time. He joined the US Army as a medical doctor in the hopes he would get assigned to Europe and he got his wish. At the time I met him he was based in the Presidio, a base right in San Francisco overlooking the sea. He spent all his free time searching for exotic cars, parking them all over the base. [click to continue…]

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Vintage Motorphoto’s French Collection

by pete on December 16, 2014

The Bugatti T251 coming out of the factory gates. Dale LaFollette just finds the neatest photos.


Vintage Motorphoto

Despite today’s total digital imagery, Dale LaFollette of Vintage Motorphoto is not going to allow irreplaceable and possibly priceless works of automotive art go away quietly. He’s been buying vintage photos now for 25 years, and since 1995 has run a gallery devoted to the collection and sale of pre digital racing and automotive images. [click to continue…]

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VeloceToday for December 9, 2014

by pete on December 9, 2014

This week, a very special edition of VeloceToday featuring the Alfa Giulietta Sprint. We previously published Part 1 of Graham Earl’s Mille Miglia adventures but now present all three parts in one edition. Graham’s writing is superb, and he shares his experiences and many trials with a tremendous sense of humor and honesty. In addition to that, fellow Brit Nicholas Lancaster gives us a brief history of the Sprint Veloce. Please enjoy!


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Limited Edition, numbered Stanguellini prints available now from Graham Gauld. Email directly for prices and shipping; several numbered copies of the below art still available. Shipping location is Southern France. Click on photo to see all selections.
Contact:Grahamgauld@Gmail.com

FINE ART T-Shirts
Classic car portraitist offering fine art tees of his favorite paintings. All have caption pertaining to art services. Available now, L,S,2XL, and M.Other sizes require two weeks wait. $50 each.

CONTACT Photojournalistpro@gmail.com

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

*$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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Entering and Preparing for the Mille Miglia

by pete on December 9, 2014

La Mille Miglia, Part 1 UK to Brescia

A longtime contributor to VeloceToday, Graham Earl entered this year’s Mille Miglia with one of our favorite cars, an Alfa Giulietta Sprint. Earl is a veteran of three Mille Miglias, and in no respect a novice. This three part article is an absolute must-read and like the Alfa and the Mille Miglia, itself a classic. Remember Henry Manney’s account for Road & Track? This one is better! Ever wanted to run the Mille Miglia? Read it! Owned an Alfa? Delight in it! Earl writes the truth while composing one of the most maddeningly humorous and interesting series of articles to appear in VeloceToday. Ever. We’ll also make it available as a pdf so you can read it at your leisure. Ed.

Story by Graham Earl
Photos by author and Hugues Vanhoolandt

Before its demise in 1957, the Mille Miglia had been one of the most important rounds of the world championship for sports cars, and became the happy hunting ground for Alfa Romeo and Ferrari, with 11 and eight wins respectively, out of the 24 events run. Other manufacturers also took it very seriously, with works entries from Porsche, Maserati, Lancia (winner in 1954), Jaguar, Bentley and BMW (who won the event in 1940) to name just a few. The first race, in 1927 was won, appropriately enough, by local brand O.M. (Officine Meccaniche) and the fastest race was held in 1955, when Stirling Moss took the Mercedes round the 1,000 mile course in a fraction over ten hours to average nearly 100 mph and give the German manufacturer their second win. Think about that speed. [click to continue…]

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Driving in the Mille Miglia

by pete on December 9, 2014

La Mille Miglia, Part 2 Brescia to Rome

Story by Graham Earl
Photography by
Hugues Vanhoolandt
© 2014 Rene’ collection Cars Official Photographer 1000 miglia
© 2014 Giorgio Borgonovo – Ag. Archimede

The day the transporter came the rear lights went out. The new wiring loom which I had had fitted sometime earlier had lost a couple of the crimped-on terminals, so a quick work-around with crimping pliers was necessary. I gladly loaded the car onto the transporter before I could find anything else wrong. [click to continue…]

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Finishing the Mille Miglia

December 9, 2014

La Mille Miglia, Part 3 Rome to Brescia

By Graham Earl
Photography by
Hugues Vanhoolandt
© 2014 Rene’ collection Cars Official Photographer 1000 miglia
© 2014 Giorgio Borgonovo – Ag. Archimede
When we arrived in Rome, we were marshaled into a car park, from where we were led in convoy by a Police escort to our hotel on [...]

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A Brief History of the Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint Veloce

December 9, 2014

Story by Nicholas Lancaster
Photos by Paul Gregory
Historic photo courtesy Automobili Storico Alfa Romeo
Shortly after the introduction of the totally new Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint in 1954, the directors at Portello took the decision to develop the Sprint as a competition car. It was certainly a good place to start. The basic Giulietta Sprint had [...]

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VeloceToday for December 2, 2014

December 2, 2014

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Classic car portraitist offering fine art tee shirts of his favorite paintings. All have caption pertaining to art services. Available now,in L,S,2XL, and M.
Other sizes require two weeks wait. $50 each.
Order now in time for XMAS.
CONTACT Photojournalistpro@gmail.com
There are few good books on the Fiat [...]

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NEC Classic Show, Birmingham, UK

December 2, 2014

This year’s Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show was held at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham, U.K., from November 14-16. It is fast becoming one of the UK’s best classic car venues; VeloceToday has reported on it for three years running now.

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