|The display of 17 brilliant cars in the Louvre was elegant, simple, and digestible.|
|Jean-Michel Wilmotte's display was intimate, with soft illumination, and included fantastic 'sound booths' with films and recordings of these cars being driven hard. The Sound of such machinery is essential to their full appreciation as sensual, erotic objects, utterly thrilling and dangerous. Go to the RL page to hear the cars.|
|1929 Bentley 'Blower', "the fastest truck in the world", according to Ettore Bugatti, who regularly trounced them with his small, elegant racers.|
|1938 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900 Mille Miglia; 8 cylinders, two camshafts, two superchargers, one amazing car.|
|1931 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Monza, ex-Scuderia Ferrari (who also raced motorcycles)|
"Thomas Kohler, the initiator of the Charter, explained: 'You have to understand the amount of lying, past and present, in the historic vehicles community, how often people try to bring fakes into circulation as “veterans”. The practice of converting stately town cars or saloons into racing cars by shortening the chassis is not in line with FIVA rules. Article 4.2 [of the FIVA statutes] “...To support and encourage the restoration, preservation, use and documentation of historic vehicles of all kind...” spells out this objective.’ ... Fakes or vehicles that suffered extensive changes to their engineering and appearance that their historic reference is lost would not stand any chance of being registered as historic vehicles...The purpose of the Charter is to preserve the historic substance of historic vehicles unaltered and ensure through their active use, maintenance, conservation, restoration and repair that future generations can enjoy these cultural treasures....As defined in the Turin Charter; the collective term historic vehicles includes automobiles, motorcycles, utilitarian vehicles, trailers, bicycles und other mechanically operated vehicles...
On a diplomatic level, the FIVA hopes to achieve this with reference to the UNESCO Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property of 14 November 1970, which is enforced by 120 signatory states."
And a relevant passage from the draft Charter: "However, in order to use them, historic vehicles should not be modified more than strictly necessary. Such modifications should interfere as little as possible with the historic substance of the vehicles, they should not alter the vehicle’s appearance and they should be completely reversible."
|Bugatti Type 57 engine, with '55 Porsche Spyder and '55 Jaguar D-Type lurking behind...|
|1933 Bugatti Type 59 Grand Prix, flanked by a '96 McLaren F1 LM and '54 Ferrari 375 Plus...|
|1938 Bugati Type 57 S(C) graced the entry hall; a breathtaking car in the metal, especially without the Pebble Beach crowds!|
|Bugatti under glass, with intriguing noses behind...|
|On rotating tables, a hall of beauties; 1950 ex-works Jaguar XK120 'lightweight' Roadster, and '55 Mercedes-Benz 300SL 'Gullwing' (called 'le Papillon' en Francais!)|
|Imposing 1930 Mercedes-Benz SSK 'Count Trozzi'...|
|...and its shapely pontoon tail....|
|1964 Ferrari 250 LM, with engine amidships, my favorite Corgi toy as a lad...|
Perhaps my motto should read: 'Ride them as the makers, or re-makers, intended."