Archives for April 2016
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.]
[Read more…] about Jerry Melton: Artist, Photographer, Friend
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.
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.
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.
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.
Wallace Wyss, a contributor to VeloceToday, has run off a few artist’s proofs of his new work “Miura”, inspired by Andy Warhol. Wyss sent us five posters to give to the first five new paid subscribers this week.
Each 11×17″ poster is signed by the artist. They will be shipped anywhere, free in a heavy tube, to the first five paid subscribers to VeloceToday who will be determined by the PayPal date of billing. Click on the ‘Subscribe’ button below to get started!
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.
As Found Classic Number Twenty-Three
Santa Croce – PARMA
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 little about it.
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 Classica Show in Essen, Germany is the biggest fair for vintage and classic cars in the world. With 127,000 square meters of exhibition space, 2,700 vehicles on sale and 201,000 visitors, this year is no exception.
While dozens of Porsche 911s, Mercedes 190 SLs and 300 SLs are exhibited, you can be sure to find Italian rarities at every corner.
Here is a small selection of the Italian and French cars at this year’s show. [Read more…] about Techno Classica Show, Essen Germany
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 first edition of this author’s Illustrated Abarth Buyer’s Guide.
De Boer, along with collector and owner Serge Lugo, was one of the first to realize that the Cisitalia Abarth 204 is a car which marked a transitional phase in the history of Cisitalia and Abarth, and as such an important milestone for both companies; he also recognized that the ensuing Abarth 204 A berlinetta was not a 204 buy more correctly a 205, ending the confusion and properly assuming that the first Abarth built with the Abarth badge was the 205.[Read more…] about Abarth Ascending