Archives for October 2016
Story and photos by Hugues Vanhoolandt
October 6-9 2016– The fashionable bathing resort of Knokke Le Zoute, on the Belgian coast, hosted the seventh edition of the Zoute Grand Prix. Spread over four days, the Zoute Grand Prix consists of five events:
– the Zoute Top Marques with 14 stages held in the streets of Knokke, presenting the newest models of 14 premium marques
– the Zoute Rally which is a regularity rally for almost 200 pre-1965 cars
– the Zoute Sale by Bonhams
– the Zoute GT Tour which is a short rally for the latest Supercars
– the Zoute Concours d’Elégance which is held on two locations: on Saturday on the Approach Golf and on Sunday on Fairway 1 of the
Royal Zoute Golf Club where the judging and the award ceremony take place. All participating cars are then shown to the general public on the Albert Place, in the city center.
Surprised that Steve McQueen owned a Siata? That is interesting enough, but discovering that the young actor affixed a Ferrari badge to the 208S he bought might be even more surprising, and at the same time perhaps tells us about another side of the man himself. We must give thanks to Matt Stone for this information and presenting it in his book, “McQueen’s Machines”, and current owner Tony Singer, whose words constitute the bulk of the story below. In addition, collector Christophe Pund was kind enough to allow us to publish Michelotti’s original drawing of the Siata 208S, which is also supplied with the two volume Otto Vu set, authored by Tony Adriaensens. (read review). If you’d like to know more about Tony Singer, read about him here. Ed.
Photos by Alessandro Gerelli
Text by Staff
This year Automédon was held October 8-9 at the Parc des expositions du Bourget in Paris, France. While not yet RetroMobile, the weather is far better and many of the neatest cars are found in the car park outside. Per the PR sheet, “The vintage car-park is Automédon’s icing on the cake. Busy, lively and always renewed, it presents each and every brand, all the models from the most popular ones to the rarest ones. The vehicles are over 30 years old. The cars keep arriving and going during the two days of the Show, thus creating a continuous, vivid ballet.” It is certainly the editor’s favorite part of the event. [Read more…] about Automédon 2016: Love in the Parking Lot
Story and photos by Alessandro Gerelli
Automédon is held yearly in the Bourget exhibition center near Paris. The main theme of the show this year was the Monte Carlo Rallye and many winning cars of the past were shown and are below. Part 1 featured the French cars at the event; in this article I have included many of the interesting Italian cars found there.
Automédon is held on the same weekend as the Mondial de l’Automobile, also in Paris. My report on that show begins after the Monte Carlo Rallye cars below. [Read more…] about Automédon Monte Carlo Rallye, Mondial de L’Automobile 2016
Story by Pete Vack
It was noted, some time ago, that there was a disproportionate number of Fiat-based Abarth cars in the United States, sitting broken or unused in garages, driveways and because most Abarths were small enough to fit, in a large outdoor sheds common to so many backyards.
There were, it seemed, ample antique Allemanos tucked away under tarps and willow trees, sitting askance with the ground side of the rear wheels pointed inwards, relieved of the weight of the rear engine.
Story and photos by Graham Gauld
We all know about racing drivers who started out running the oddest cars in motor sport events, but I think the guy who really takes the biscuit is the legendary Jim Clark, two-time World Grand Prix Champion and the first British winner of the Indianapolis 500.
It was 1956, and the world had never heard of Jim Clark. He was still the farmer’s son running his Sunbeam Talbot Mark III in the odd rally and gymkhana. That year Europe faced the Suez Crisis when Egypt threatened to close the Suez Canal. This would have put Britain in dire straits when it came to delivering oil from the Middle East, so the British went to war. It was short and a political disaster in many ways but it brought in severe fuel rationing in Britain. As a result, many people turned to Germany where they were producing a new breed of Microcars. The BMW Isetta was the most popular with the Heinkel coming next. But who remembers the Goggomobil?
Story and photos by Jonathan Sharp
It rained on Saturday but that obviously did not stop the racing or Jonathan Sharp, and he weathered the wet conditions to achieve some spectacular images. Also in the 26 images below are the photos of the Jack Brabham Tribute and the cars that represented the “Return to Power” years of the 3 liter unblown formula. Ed.
Goodwood in the rain[Read more…] about A Sharp Eye on the Goodwood Revival, Part 3
Story and photos by Jonathan Sharp
Our final segment on Goodwood wraps up with the Lamborghini display, the celebration of 70 years of the Bikini, and Jonathan Sharp’s not-to-be-missed explanation of the aeroplanes at Goodwood this year. Ed.
Lamborghini Display[Read more…] about A Sharp Eye on the Goodwood Revival, Part 4
Ready to book a flight to Cuba in search of classic cars? Read this first…
Hardcover, 192 Pages
160 color illustrations
9.25 inches by 10.875
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Review by Pete Vack
Photos from the book by Bill Warner
Amelia Island’s Bill Warner and Cobra in the Barn author Tom Cotter have teamed up to create a new book that describes the cars and the culture of Cuba as it exists today. But as the book was written just as diplomatic relations between Cuban and the U.S. were being restored, the face of Cuba and its car culture will most certainly change radically in the years to come. If you want to see Cuba as depicted by the authors, don’t wait too long to visit. But don’t plan to take back a classic Ferrari, hidden in the Cuban undergrowth for sixty years. Odds of that happening are slim, as the authors explain. [Read more…] about Cuba’s Car Culture, A Review