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This pretty Grand Tourer is perhaps a case of ‘what could have been’. It was built with the idea to revitalize an existing model and believe us when we say the base is nowhere to be recognized. Under that svelte body is a V8, that's all we say. Oh - and its designer carried out some more interesting projects, the majority of them focussing on racing cars, so this is a bit of an exception. It still exists, but photographs of its survival are rarer as hen’s teeth, so chances of finding these on the world wide web are ruled out. Well, that’s what we believe, but you may well prove us wrong. Know more? Then drop us a line in the comments below. Before you enter your answer be sure to check the Rules under 'Read More' first. For now: have a good weekend!
“My! What big eyes you have, Grandma!”
“All the better to see with, my child!”
On this day in 1786, Wilhelm Karl Grimm, the younger of the two Brothers Grimm, is born in Hanau, Germany. The two are of course known for their classic collection of fairy tales, including Hansel and Gretel, Snow White, Rapunzel, Rumpelstiltskin and of course Little Red Riding Hood.
We think the little BMW above is quite appropriate for her. Or would she prefer a large convertible of German origins to transport her little basket through the dark forest?
(Words Jeroen Booij, pictures courtesy BMW PR / Marcus Hoffmann)
Mister A.C. Staatsen dropped us a lovely line or two, last week. It was about the Ford Anglia he has now owned for over 50 years. He wrote: “How do you become attached to a classic car, that is still owned by the same person after 50 years? In this case we need to go back to 1966, when on a daily cycle ride to school, a little Ford car parked along the banks of the Catharijne Canal in Utrecht, the `Netherlands, was passed. The increasing dirt and undergrowth around the Ford clearly showed that it was not being used. Out of order or no money left? How was this possible, she was only 15 years old!
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It’s good when organizations want to involve young people with old cars. We also like it when they send photographs with their press releases. But when the Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens (FIVA) drops a message with the heading ‘FIVA aims to encourage young enthusiasts to discover historic vehicles’, the image attached should perhaps fit in with the moral of the story. And to be honest we could not withhold a laugh looking at this photo, with the majority of the men paunchy and/or grey.
Who they are? They are the men behind the heritage departments of a range of manufacturers, who came together in Paris 'to share their views on this challenging issue.' Their Senior Vice President (no pun intended), Dr Mario Theissen added: “Engaging the interest of the younger generation is crucial to the future of the historic vehicle movement and a vital part of FIVA’s long-term strategy”. Okay, in all earnesty, that is of course just the thing the movement needs, so it’s good to learn that doctor Theissen held a panel discussion with young enthusiasts lately, interviewing them about their interest in historic vehicles. Carry on like that. But please photograph them next time.
(Words Jeroen Booij, picture FIVA)
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