The Week That Was In A Couple Of Clicks #31
Readers! As I cannot, for the life of me, bring myself to post regular articles of some length and depth on here I have decided to take a little different approach to keep the blog going. In the 7 months since the last post I haven't given up on following the classic car world closely, on the contrary, perhaps I have followed it even more so. Point is, I now do it for a paid gig, and as such have little inspiration left for the blog at the weekends or evenings (hey, you know, there's other things in life than cars, or is there?). Solution? A weekly post listing all that I've come across and more, I know, it's the easy way out, ehm, or in. At least it will force me to stick to a deadline and produce something!
This weekly thing (fingers crossed) will allow me to feature some bits and pieces I have come across in the previous week that are certainly interesting but perhaps do not really warrant an article on their own. It will serve as a little diary about the classic motoring world and, moreover, a diary to what I was into. I'll link to the things I like, I'll link to things that I don't like, I'll embed the tweets, instagrams and whatever other cute things I find on the world's favourite socialist media, власть народу!
So, there we go:
- Let's start with the photo to this article, straight from TheRetromobilist archive; a shot from the Nürburgring Grand Prix 1936, of what appears to be Bernd Rosemeyer in his no. 4 Auto Union. Even from a photo of this distance you can get a sense of the fickly camber angles!
- The not so GTO Ferrari 250 on mobile.de that was for sale for €47,600,000. It's a replica according to expert Marcel Massini, and apparently "People who buy and sell these cars are sophisticated, they're not going to buy it or list it on a website like this."
- Not to worry though, there's another 250 GTO coming up for sale soon. A real one, possibly. Bonhams' Quail Lodge has the honour to auction 19th GTO built for multiable Swiss driver Jo Schlesser. In 1965 a certain Fabrizio Violati bought the car: "I saved the car from scrap and hid it from my parents. I only drove it at night so nobody would see me.""I saved the car from scrap and hid it from my parents. I only drove it at night so nobody would see me." Expected hammer price? Perhaps more than last year's GTO sale of £30.5 million. Same auction has 10 more extraordinary Ferraris from the Violati collection.
- For those with a less burgeoning purse, a museum in Holland is selling off their collection of pre-war Fords. Apparently, according to the manager, they are 'too old' for the museum and don't attract the 18 year olds. Bring on the Fiesta RSs!
- And then there's the dentist that managed to sell his Jaguar collection back to Jaguar for many millions. It includes some models that are rare as hen's teeth (couldn't resist), like the man's C- and D-Types. Apparently, Jaguar Land Rover is looking to set up a heritage centre.
- Something for the Germans among us: "Sogar unter Volvo-Fans kennen nur wahre Enthusiasten den Sport P 1900, der vor 60 Jahren Geschichte schrieb als erster schwedischer Sportwagen."
- Combining two loves, vinyl records + a Citroën DS in a short filmy vimeo typy thing, how could it possibly be anything else than fabulous?