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VeloceToday for January 27, 2015

by pete on January 27, 2015

Robert Manzon remembered, G.N, Georgano’s photos from Spain, Auotdelta and Don Black, Dino Brunori on the history of Scuderia Brescia Corse

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Delahaye 135M by Guilloré, 1949. Single carburetor, good condition with strong underpinnings;could do with retrimming of seats. Half of the car has been polished up to show how good the paint still is underneath. The Cotal box is in working order. 0nly 3 or 4 estimated to have been bodied in this pontoon shape. 128 000€. Contact Tom Bromehead at: lesalfistes@gmail.com

An Italian rarity: One-off Fiat Osca 1600 GT bodied by Savio in 1964 (one of two). Same owner since the late sixties, recent full restoration including engine rebuild. Correct-spec Osca engine with forged crankshaft and alloy pistons. Price on demand. Contact Tom Bromehead at: lesalfistes@gmail.com

WANTED! I would like to put together a set of STYLE AUTO QUARTERLY (ARCHITETTURA DELLA CARROZZERIA). Bimonthly from 1964 – 1978. Location unimportant providing you will ship to the UK! I realize a full run is rare, willing to purchase a part/incomplete run of copies.
Contact:willgrant@yahoo.co.uk

The Porsche 924 Carrera now available. Author of the four volume Alpine & Renault series, “Gordini-a true racing legend” and a VeloceToday correspondent, Roy Smith is photographed signing a limited number of copies of his latest book “The Porsche 924 Carrera”.
Order your signed copy from Veloce Publishing now.

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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*$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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Inside Autodelta Part 3

by pete on January 27, 2015

By Robert Little
(Read Part 1)
(Read Part 2)

Settling in at Autodelta

After a short time, I settled into my new duties at Autodelta. I became the resident “Americano” who walked around learning the construction and assembly processes while becoming a friend to the mechanics. I also served as a type of exchange student to some of their families, who would invite me over to their homes for dinner. [click to continue…]

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Robert Manzon Remembered

by pete on January 27, 2015

Robert Manzon in Rosier’s Ferrari 625 Grand Prix car in the 1954 British Grand Prix running ahead of Horace Gould’s Maserati 250F. Manzon retired with a cracked cylinder block.

By Graham Gauld

He was the last living driver to compete in the first World Championship Grand Prix for Formula 1 cars back in 1950 but now he is gone. Robert Manzon was perhaps not the best known Grand Prix driver but he was a much greater racing talent than his results would suggest. [click to continue…]

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Spanish Streets and G.N.Georgano

by pete on January 27, 2015

Fiat 1500 by Viotti, Madrid, 1961


Review by Pete Vack
Photos courtesy Autodromo and from the book

We review a book featuring Georgano in Spain, and preview an upcoming book on the GTO by the same publisher.

For non Spanish customers: Contact:autodromo@autodromo.es
Softback, 90 pages, B&W
Price INCLUDING shipping: 35 Euros to Europe, 40 Euros for the rest of the world

Google gets more formidable everyday as a valuable fact finder, assuming one can trust the source. One of these years, it may replace both personal and private libraries. [click to continue…]

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Review by Pete Vack
Photos from the book

Robert Manzon passed away on January 20 at the age of 97, but not before leaving us with an interesting biography written by Pierre Fouquet-Hatevilain. We review it today while remembering this fine driver. [click to continue…]

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VeloceToday for January 20, 2015

by pete on January 20, 2015

Peter Larsen wraps up the Saoutchik discoveries, Roy Smith freezes at Bicester, London takes on Paris, and deeper inside the walls at Autodelta. Thanks for all the donations, please keep them coming!

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WANTED! I would like to put together a set of STYLE AUTO QUARTERLY (ARCHITETTURA DELLA CARROZZERIA). Bimonthly from 1964 – 1978. Location unimportant providing you will ship to the UK! I realize a full run is rare, willing to purchase a part/incomplete run of copies.
Contact:willgrant@yahoo.co.uk

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

The Porsche 924 Carrera now available. Author of the four volume Alpine & Renault series, “Gordini-a true racing legend” and a VeloceToday correspondent, Roy Smith is photographed signing a limited number of copies of his latest book “The Porsche 924 Carrera”.
Order your signed copy from Veloce Publishing now.

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.
Don’t wait, these cars are rented out quickly for 2015!
Contact vack@cox.net for further details.

*$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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Baillon Barnfind of the Century Part 3

by pete on January 20, 2015

Baillon barn find Talbot Lago

Chassis #110109 as found in the Baillon Collection. (Artcurial Motorcars)

By Peter M. Larsen
Click on photos to enlarge

This is the third amazing Saoutchik-bodied barnfind in the Baillon collection. The chassis was delivered on November 5, 1949 to the Carrosserie Saoutchik at no. 46 rue Jacques Dulud in Neuilly-sur-Seine. Only 32 short wheelbase (265 cm) race-derived Grand Sport chassis were constructed by Talbot between 1948 and 1952. T26GS #110109 is one of these very rare and extremely desirable chassis.

1949 TALBOT-LAGO T26 GRAND SPORT SAOUTCHIK #110109

Read Part 1 chassis #100239.
Read Part 2 chassis #100272

On the Talbot production card, which is reproduced in the book Talbot-Lago Grand Sport – The Car from Paris by Peter M. Larsen and Ben Erickson, “Saoutchik” is written into both the carrosserie and the client fields. This indicates that Saoutchik ordered chassis #110109 directly from the Talbot-Lago factory to be bodied at his own expense for show purposes. Saoutchik fitted chassis #110109 with an exquisite fastback coupé design which had first been shown at the 1948 Paris Salon. A total of six Grand Sport chassis received this swoopy body. The first two had a low roofline. When it was discovered that the car was difficult to drive for anyone much more than five feet tall, a new version was developed with a slightly higher roofline. Four of these “high-roof” coupés were built, and #110109 is one of these four cars. [click to continue…]

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Inside the Walls of Autodelta, Part 2

by pete on January 20, 2015

(Read Part 1)

By Robert Little

The photographs you are about to see are the only images known to privately or publicly exist of the inside of Autodelta taken since 1967. Not even the factory, nor the Alfa Romeo Museo Storico has any images inside the high walls of the Autodelta factory, nor has any Alfa Romeo S.p.A. employee ever seen these images…until now. All materials are under the copyright protection of the Bern Convention. All Rights Reserved.

Via Enrico Fermi 7, Settimo Milanese

As related in the Introduction, in 1972 I abruptly left Michigan State in my senior year and hopped a Milan-bound British Overseas Airlines flight. After a long and fairly expensive taxi drive, I finally reached the tiny farming hamlet of Settimo Milanese, the rural area chosen by Alfa Romeo S.p.A. for its walled compound, located in what was at the time a rural farming community in a distant suburb of Milano. [click to continue…]

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London Classic Car Show, January 8-11

January 20, 2015

Story and Photos by Jonathan Sharp
The seasonal lull for car events in the UK has just got a bit shorter following the introduction of the London Classic Car show held between the 8th and 11th January, in the Excel Center, which is located in the heart of the London Dockland area.
The show was [...]

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Bicester Heritage Meet, January 4th

January 20, 2015

Story and photos by Roy P. Smith
Author of the four volume Alpine & Renault series, “Gordini-a true racing legend” and a VeloceToday correspondent, Roy Smith is photographed signing a limited number of copies of his latest book “The Porsche 924 Carrera”. Order your signed copy from Veloce Publishing now.
Two [...]

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VeloceToday for January 13, 2015

January 13, 2015

On tap for you this week is Part 2 of the incredible Baillon Barn Find; we begin our series of Robert Little’s fantastic photographs of Autodelta at its peak; Roy Smith brings in the New Year at Stoney Stratford; the Editor recalls the not-so-Immortal Alfettas. Thanks for all the donations, please keep them [...]

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Inside the Walls of Autodelta, Part 1

January 13, 2015

Robert Little contacted VeloceToday recently and asked if we’d be interested in re-publishing his historic photos and descriptions of Autodelta, taken in the early 1970s, which had previously appeared in the “Alfa Owner” and now on his own website.
We jumped at the opportunity; the photos and his story are unique and of great interest and [...]

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