Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Celebration of the Motorcar 2016

The 2016 show expanded to include an additional display area within the beautiful grounds of the Cottesloe Civic Centre. The Vintage Sports Car Club presented a special feature display of historic racing cars dating back 100 years to celebrate their club’s 30th Anniversary. A 100 Years of BMW display was another feature this year.

A record 170 cars, including very rare cars such as Lamborghini, Bentley, Porsche, Rolls-Royce, Jaguar, Maserati, Mercedes-Benz, Aston Martin, Ferrari and more… In excess of $35 million worth, with several cars coming from the eastern states this year.

Plymouth Roadrunner

Renault row led by the very first Renault Type A

Renault Grand Prix replica

1899 Renault Type A. This revolutionary car from the dawn of the motoring era introduced the concept of the differential and gearbox. This car one of only 150 Type A's built and has just completed a two year restoration.

Alpine Renault

Modern and classic Ford Mustang

View down on the Renault row

Two British Marcos sports cars. Marcos used the a fibreglass body mounted over a traditional ash wood frame.

TVR is another small British sportscar maker.

1936 Alvis 4.3 Charlesworth coupe

50th anniversary limited edition McLaren. This car was the people's choice winner last year/

What's better than a Fiat Multipla? Two Fiat Multiplas!!

Robert Wagner and Natalie Woods' Corvette

Packard Hawk, which is pretty much a rebadged Studebaker Hawk.

1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II with a coach-built body by Roger Fry. This car was debuted at the show and received the people's choice award.

Celebrating 100 years of BMW.

BMW Australia had intended to display a pre-war BMW 327 at the show but it wasn't running on the day. The display instead featured BMWs post-war range. This is a 1973 BMW 200Z wagon.

1972 BMW 3.0 CSL

The star of the BMW show in my opinion is this 1959 BMW 300 Isetta. After the war BMW found there was no market for their big cars and the whole automobile division was basically shut down. BMW rebuilt its fortune on its motorcycle range before moving into microcars. The Isetta was originally built by the Italian refrigerator company, Iso, but they struggled with capacity issues. BMW built the Isetta under license and turned it into a success.

1922 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost limousine

A duo of MGs

Rolls Royce section

1938 Rolls Royce 25/30 Sedanca de Ville

1942 Cadillac

1959 Cadillac

1953 Cadillac

Cadillac row

The Vintage Sports Car Club display


1935 'Bartlett Special.' Based on a 1927 Salmson

Ford based custom

MG racer


Ferrari Dino

Jaguar XJ section

Jaguar XK120

1929 Bentley

1929 Bentley

This is THE Le Mans winning Bentley of 1923. After winning the race it returned to England, was eventually sold and its record breaking history forgotten. The car was turned into station wagon and then left as a derelict in a shed in the UK. It was eventually purchased by Peter Briggs in 1989, restored and is now on display at the York Motor Museum.

Citroen SM

Citroen DS and Facel Vega

1953 Porsche 356 and Porsche 911s


NSU Ro80

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Tazio Nuvolari Exhibit, Prague Technical Museum

The National Technical Museum, Prague hosted an exhibition about the Italian Grand Prix driver, Tazio Nuvolari between June and September 2016. The exhibition was built around photos that Nuvolari had taken during his racing years.

Nuvolari started his career in motorcycle racing

A Bugatti like the one Nuvolari drove in the 1934 Monte Carlo rally. Behind the car is a photo of Nuvolari in an Auto-Union Type C and an Alfa Romeo.

Nuvolari and his Alfa Romeo

Throwing an Auto Union around the track in 1936

During one Grand Prix race for the Auto Union team Nuvolari hit a stag that ran out in front of his car. The stag was killed but Nuvolari managed to keep his car on the road. After the race he had the stag butchered and served to the team. Here he poses with the head.

One of Nuvolari's photographs of his Auto Union team mate, Bernd Rosemeyer. Rosemeyer was tragically killed attempting to break the world speed record in a streamlined Auto Union like this in 1938.

Nuvolari posing with another Alfa Romeo

1934 MG B

Auto Union overalls

Nuvolari's red leather racing helmet

Nuvolari's camera

One of Nuvolari's photos. Boys posing with a DKW

Nuvolari's widow, Carolina, photographed after his untimely death in 1953. In his obituary he was declared the greatest driver of past, present and future.

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