A Concours d'Elegance is an often wonderful event, held with gorgeous cars in a breathtaking location, filled with sharply-dressed attendees. The smells of a concours are wonderful, to: gasoline and, usually, pure tobacco. The sights? Bright shades of color coming from the cars and their surroundings, mixing up with the wonderful light of the sun as the day goes on. But this concours? This one is more special than most.
/ 26 Jun 2015
In my beautiful country, this small bully of a car is a real legend. On the way to Tolfa, an ancient village north of Rome, I can’t wait to meet Giancarlo, its owner, and our common friend Gian Pietro, a talented designer. To Giancarlo, I ask: why does an ex-racer who has driven many beasts over forty years keep only an Autobianchi A112 Abarth in his garage? I will find an answer.
Clark Gable would win over audiences and critics alike with performances in films like A Free Soul, Red Dust, and San Francisco but his first forays into Tinseltown were met with a less than enthusiastic response. Initially considered too rough to play a romantic lead by studio decision makers, it was not until undergoing grooming and training by his acting coach that Gable came to epitomize the American ideal of masculinity and virility. And boy, did he like cars.
Ah, the future. So difficult to predict accurately—but so easy to speculate on—these clips from the archives show the automobile in a state of flux. From the futuristic (and record-breaking) Mercedes-Benz C111 project to the ‘40s assertion from General Motors that highways of the future will help to displace “undesirable slums”, this weekend’s playlist has anything a futurist could want.
/ 26 Jun 2015
If you’re like most enthusiasts who enjoy watching or participating in racing, you’re no doubt already picking out your favorite drivers and riders from afar by their helmet designs. Today’s Vintage Friday is in appreciation for those helmet designs we love and, frankly, wish would return to motorsport.
Besides my long time love of motorsports, what really drew me to make this film was rather unexpected. It was Stacie''s speaking cadence. The way that she enunciates words, where she puts her pauses, as well as the language she chooses to describe the world have such a particular beat, texture and signature; I thought it would be great to have her describe her world on film.
85 years of designing some of the most iconic and "Italian" cars ever is a huge achievement, and deserves a long and heartfelt applause. If we still enjoy the sight of classic Ferraris, Cisitalias, Lancias, Peugeots, and more, much of it is thanks to Pininfarina. Sure, it didn't design every car in the world, but those that came from its factory in Grugliasco left a mark in automotive history. This is a story about its recent anniversary celebrations.