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September 2016

Oldtimers

The 2016 Concours of Elegance at Windsor Castle in 90 stunning images

Returning to Windsor Castle for the first time since its inauguration five years ago, the Concours of Elegance brought 60 of the world’s finest cars to The Queen’s official residence in her 90th birthday year. One might like to browse our gallery of 90 royally glorious images of the proceedings…

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After a remarkable pre-concours tour, the carefully curated fleet of rare motor cars set off from their lodgings at the nearby Guards Polo Club, and made the short drive to Windsor Castle’s famous Long Walk, the 2.65-mile long spear of concrete that leads right up to the castle gates. Normally, this would be as far as the public were allowed, but the Concours of Elegance presented the rare opportunity for non-residents to wander the immaculate turf of the Inner Quadrangle, inspecting the impressive roster of cars in close detail with a classical band providing a gentle musical backdrop.

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Stars from the Great West Tour such as the Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Touring, Maserati Tipo 200SI and Ferrari 250 GTO (the last sporting a battle scar from its outing) were joined by highlights ranging from a Standard Swallow SS100 to Peugeot’s conceptual vision for a road-going Group C car, the Oxia. Other Classic Driver favourites included the Jaguar XK120 Ghia Supersonic, the Ferrari 288 GTO Evoluzione, the Pininfarina-bodied Mercedes 300SC and George Harrison’s customised Radford Mini De Ville GT. A fleet of The Queen’s personal collection of carriages and her currently one-off Bentley State Limousine also made for a rare sight.

However, it was the stupendous 1938 Hispano-Suiza H6B Dubonnet Xenia that claimed the most votes in both the owners’ and public votes, the latter hosted online by Classic Driver as part of our role as official digital media partners of the event. The Alfa Romeo Touring Disco Volante, meanwhile, won the Spirit of Motoring award, not only for the rare nature of its traditional craftsmanship combined with modern materials, but also due to its designer Louis de Fabribeckers completing the tour with no human navigator or digital equivalent.

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As the castle gates close on the fifth event, it’s clear that the Royal Concours of Elegance has once again justified its status as one of the leading events in the calendar, despite the occasional spell of typically British weather. It leaves us filled with intrigue, firstly as to whether next year’s Concours will return to Windsor or go ‘wandering’ again, and secondly whether the selection committee will be able to better, or even match the gatherings of previous events – it certainly won’t be easy.

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Photos: Tom Shaxson for Classic Driver

Oldtimers

Coppa d’Oro delle Dolomiti Is Where Classics Tackle A Real Challenge

Mountains weren’t exactly designed for people, let alone vintage racing machines, but artfully carved passes have been a longstanding source of pride in countless places. One day, cars tackle the Coppa d’Oro delle Dolomiti, and the next, it’s filled with normal traffic. So why race classic cars on such challenging terrain?

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Because many classic sports and racing cars were designed to tackle roads found in and around the Dolomite mountain range—hillclimbing has been a longstanding test of a vehicle’s performance. Several manufacturers, most notably Porsche, honed their wares on hillclimbs—a timed event was one of the first places Ferdinand drove the first car to bear his name.

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Photographer Pierfranco Garcea was on hand this year at the Coppa d’Oro delle Dolomiti, which has morphed into an event that prizes enjoying classics as much as pushing them to the limit.

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Looks like a great way to spend an afternoon…

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Article taken from Petrolicious, written by Michael Banovsky

Florian Joly Photography Gallery Oldtimers

Oldtimers Magazine pres. Automotive Passion vol. 09

Hi everyone, my name is Florian and I’m a french automotive photographer. Petrolhead since my youngest age I started taking photographies 7 years ago. I’m now travelling around France and Europe to try to catch them all. As I’m growing up, i’m getting more and more attracted by classic cars and specially racing cars with all the history and the drama linked to the drivers. Enjoy!

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The Ferrari 512S was introduced in 1970 to compete against the Porsche 917 that we presented to you a few weeks ago. After a promising start at the first race in Sebring where the 512 of Giunti/Vaccarella/Andretti won, the rest of the season was more complicated (a few podiums though). The V12 was not very reliable and the drivers even said that the car was a truck compared to the very agile 917. Ferrari created then a more efficient version for 1971 called the 512M, that you will discover next week.

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German Police-Oldtimer Museum

Another article of german photographer Maximilian Meinel. Today he will show You photographies of Police-Oldtimer Museum.

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The club PMC Marburg 1990 e. V. has been founded 1990 of eight active police offircers from the police department Marburg.

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The priority goal was to create a police motorcycle echelon. But they also have had the goal to create a better relation between citizens and the police. It was a hard job. The club have had hard conferences with the Ministry oft he interior of the state Hessen.

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At the end of 1991, the club finally could buy the first old police motorcycles for the motorcycle echelon.

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Meanwhile the club has 30 disused motorcycles. Last but not least, the club also has 70 police cars and also special-force vehicles presented in two big halls.

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You can see vehicles of the German Police, of the GDR (Volkspolizei) like a Trabant or Wartburg and vehicles, which has been used for popular TV-crime-series like the „Tatort“ or „Alarm für Cobra11“.

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The museum has been founded on the 10th annivessary oft he club, at the 24th/25th of June 2000.

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It’s located near Marburg, Hessen, Germany at an old military area. The museum don’t have fixed opening times. In the months from April until October, it’s open one time in the month, especially on Sundays.

Author: Maximilian Meinel

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Oldtimers Video

Is this the single most significant American car of them all?

In what is arguably the biggest coup of the forthcoming Pebble Beach auctions so far, RM Sotheby’s has consigned the very first Shelby Cobra – chassis CSX 2000 – straight from the collection of the late Carroll Shelby himself…

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When Carroll Shelby shoehorned Ford’s then-new V8 into the diminutive chassis of an AC Ace in 1962, it proved a stroke of genius, and a recipe that would be followed for decades to come. That very car – which served as a test and development vehicle, a press car (regularly repainted to give the impression of a larger fleet) and a rolling advert for the fledgling company – tore the rulebook to shreds, boasting scarcely believable performance figures at the time. The 0-60mph sprint was dealt with in just 4.2sec, and top speed was clocked at 153mph.

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Having remained in Carroll Shelby’s hands for the rest of its life, it starred in countless books and magazines, and at motor shows across America. Now it’s being offered for sale by RM Sotheby’s at its Monterey sale, taking place on 19-20 August. There are many historically significant Cobras (and American cars, for that matter), but very few – if any – can lay claim to a legacy to rival this one.

Photos: Darin Schnabel © 2016 courtesy of RM Sotheby’s

Taken from Classic Driver

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Classic Car Photographer vol. 05: Matt Magnino

I hope You remember that we started a new serie in our Oldtimers Magazine. In this series of articles called Classic Car Photographer we will speak with automotive photographers from all over the world! In this interview You will read a story of Matt Magnino Photography!

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1. Tell us a little bit about you:

Matt Magnino: My name is Matt Magnino I am a commercial automotive photographer and retoucher from Dallas, TX. I have spent the last few years getting the opportunity to photograph some truly incredible vehicles and learning their stories along the way. Every car has something unique about it and I love creating images with an atmosphere that captures the viewer.

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2. Did you go to school to study photography?

Matt Magnino: I did initially start at Columbia College Chicago as a photography major but switched my focus to Advertsing after my first year. Felt in the long run it made more sense to learn how to market myself as a photographer than to go to school to study the art of photography. Learned more from trying new things and talking to others in the industry.

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3. How long have you been a photographer?

Matt Magnino: I first picked up a camera to be a photographer in 2009. A few friends went on a car cruise and someone had their dads camera and asked if anyone knew how to use it.. Wasn’t 100% sure how but turned a few dials, pressed a few buttons and the rest is history as they say.

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4. Do You remember Your first photography? Could You describe it?

Matt Magnino: My first photography was from special but it was the start of something new. I was immediately hooked and just wanted to keep shooting everything I could. It went beyond automotive work but that is always what sparked my interest and were I excelled the most.

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5. What or who got you started in photography?

Matt Magnino: Growing up my parents were always huge fans of art, espeically fans of the great Ansel Adams so we always had his black and white prints in the house all over. But to actually pursue photography as a career I owe it all to one of my best friends and fellow automotive photographer Jeremy Cliff. We became frineds early into my career and we pushed each other to the points were at now. Always had advice nd we helped one another when we could.

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6. How would you describe your style of photographing?

Matt Magnino: Many would say my style of photography is very CGI based.. which I don’t have a problem with. I always wanted to create works of art that left people mesmerized. Which is always the goal of any photograph. I always liked images that had atmosphere to them and made you feel part of it. That’s really been one of my focal points recently was to create atmospheres!

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7. What’s in your bag? What camera do You use generally?

Matt Magnino: This response always leaves people scratching their head.. I actually don’t own any camera gear haha. Aside from my trusty Razer Blade Stealth Laptop, I don’t actually own anything aside from a tripod and LED light for lightpainting A few years back I had a bit of a computer crisis that forced me to sell my camera to buy a new computer. Seems crazy but at the time it was the only choice. Luckily Cliff (Jeremy) has allowed me to borrow one of his cameras for the time being and that has been an A7r with Zeiss 24-70 F4 lens. These new Sony systems are really incredible and changing the game truly.

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8. Why cars?

Matt Magnino: I have always been a petrolhead since I can remember. I just love cars, everything about them. Each one has its own story and character that makes them fun to photograph. Especially classic cars, they really just have their pwn personality and makes each one unique.

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9. Have You been participating on some events as Classic Car photographer?

Matt Magnino: I have been to some vintage racing events over the years. Working alongside an IndyCar team I have been able to see some of the vintage cars out on the track and that it is truly a spectacle. I really want to go to Car Week next year at Pebble Beach and the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Those are my dream events right now.

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10. Lets say that dreams come true. What is Your dream-car – that You want to photograph?

Matt Magnino: Hmm, this list could be long on this one. There are so many truly amazing cars out there and unfortunately I don’t think I could narrow it down to just one. I absolutely LOVED the Mazda Furai concept but thanks to Top Gear that car no longer exists! Would’ve been absolutely incredible to photograph. Other than that maybe some old LeMans winners. I love vintage race cars!

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11. What plans do You have for the future?

Matt Magnino: I have some ideas. I’m working on so stay posted to see if we can make them a reality. It is always important to have some sort of plan even if it is a basic framework. Saw a quote last night and it stays true, “A Dream without a plan is just a wish” Just keep grinding and pushing and taking the next step even if seems impossible.

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Oldtimers

7 Singers In One Place Is Almost More Than We Can Handle

Singer Vehicle Design’s reimagining of the Porsche 911 has been one of the most hotly-coveted machines to ever hit the streets. Seeing one is something worth starting a diary for, but 7 at once? That’s something entirely different.

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Photographer Drew Philips was on hand at a Singer party during the Monterey Car Week, and captured the tiny differences, refinements, and styling touches applied to each of Singer’s projects. If you could take just one home, which would it have been?

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Article written by Michael Banovsky, taken from Petrolicious

Florian Joly Photography Gallery Oldtimers

Oldtimers Magazine pres. Automotive Passion vol. 08

Hi everyone, my name is Florian and I’m a french automotive photographer. Petrolhead since my youngest age I started taking photographies 7 years ago. I’m now travelling around France and Europe to try to catch them all. As I’m growing up, i’m getting more and more attracted by classic cars and specially racing cars with all the history and the drama linked to the drivers. Enjoy!

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The Aston Martin DB4 GT was born in the early sixties, a little bit more than 300hp was under its hood. Only 75 pieces have been made and it surely embodies the british class.

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Oldtimers

Shooting A 911 At Dusk Is A Lovely Way To Spend A San Diego Sunset

Posted up in America’s Finest City, I’m fortunate to live within what is arguably the automotive capital of the world: Southern California. SoCal and cars go together like PB&J, which means I’m lucky enough to regularly see, touch, smell, and experience an extremely rich and diverse automotive spectrum. When I first moved to California, seeing these eccentric cars on a regular basis spoiled my taste; I temporarily lost interest in cars that weren’t concours queens: not anymore.

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That’s taken a complete 180-degree turn.

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Now, when I see a Ferrari F40, I think to myself, “Nice”. But when I see a creampuff Mercedes-Benz 280SL ‘Pagoda’, I totally geek out. Likely inline with your tastes, my appreciation for classics isn’t defined by monetary value, rarity, or racing pedigree: I simply love old cars of all types. This 1988 Porsche 911 3.2 Carrera is precisely one of those cars. It’s not necessarily worth all that much, especially considering the current air-cooled market. Porsche made tons of 3.2 cars, so it’s not even that rare. It’s not some trick custom either. It’s just clean.

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To me, what makes this car so cool is the color combination and the owner’s nutty attention to aesthetic and mechanical condition. Owner Jon Eng is just like you and I: a true do-it-yourself gearhead who works hard, appreciates what he’s earned, and always seeks to keep his cars in tiptop shape. So, a while back on an especially beautiful San Diego summer day, I told Jon to, “Pick me up… and bring the 911.”

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Waiting for him to arrive, I heard a familiar metallic burble encroaching the neighborhood. Just as I thought, “That’s got to be Jon,” I got a text saying he’s out front. Walking to the street, I noticed his 911 was freshly washed as always, and the sun was just starting to tank towards the horizon. I opened the passenger door, tossed my camera bag in front of the floor mounted fire extinguisher, carefully set my derrière on the subtle leather factory Sport seat, and gave the door a solid pull with a satisfying “clunk,” sealing us from the outside world like a bank vault.

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We headed to my favorite Point Loma shoot location: Shelter Island. An aquatic parking lot for the local yacht clubs, the vast bayside concrete loading dock area is a prime downtown San Diego backdrop location I regular—especially on nights like this. I hopped out, grabbed the Canon, and began firing.

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We arrived on site just in time, as the warm summer sun plummeted, I was able to get a few shots of direct light on the Granite Green Metallic finish—something I find challenging to capture due to the complex grey/green mixture. Notice how much more green the car appears in the light as opposed to the gunmetal reflections when shaded—just absolutely love this color.

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What’s even cooler than the paint is the color-matched green leather interior. With black accordion bumpers, window trim, and Fuchs, there’s a basic two-color black and green palette theme that carries into the cabin—it’s hard to explain how much this harmonious combo pleases my OCD.

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After the light had vanished, we made our way to a nearby bar for a round of pints. Friends, cars, a perfect California summer day, and a craft beer to end the night—pinch me, I must be dreaming.

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This evening just goes to show: it doesn’t take a million dollar car to Drive Tastefully.

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Article by Andrew Golseth, taken from Petrolicious
Photos by Andrew Golseth

Oldtimers

I Just Drove This Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III From Hamburg To Berlin

I turn the key and the entire car gives a slight shudder. It’s only the slightest of hints, but it’s the only one that tells me the 6.2L V8 beneath the enormous bonnet in front of me has fired up to life—typical of Rolls Royce vehicles, I can barely hear the motor running. On the other hand, here I am, excited but also cautious as I prepare to take a Rolls Royce Silver Cloud III Drophead Coupe out for a pre-event test drive before the 9th Hamburg to Berlin Klassik.

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I’ve always had a curiosity about what it would be like to drive a 1960s Rolls Royce. Like many, I have regarded them as one of the best physical representations of luxury. However, this example built in 1966 is more than your ordinary Rolls Royce. Finished in a light sage green, the pictured car is a rarer ‘Chinese Eye’ Drophead Coupe coachbuilt by HJ Mulliner, Park Ward. Although its looks might be arguably less ‘classic’ compared to the rounded headlamps of the earlier Silver Clouds, the iconic Rolls Royce grille, sheer size, and open top of the car draws attention to you whether you like it or not.

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The quick drive around the block is definitely a good idea, the perfect chance to meet my co-driver Christoph and get acquainted with the car which will be our home on the road for the next three days—it’s surreal, to say the least. With creature comforts including a soft carpet floor, leather seats, electric windows and roof, radio and automatic gearbox, we are certainly more well off in comfort compared to the BMW 2002 Rallye beside us. Slotting the wheel mounted lever into gear and releasing the handbrake, I gently touch the accelerator, getting a feel for travel, and ease out of the narrow parking lot.

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It’s an incredibly funny yet anxious first experience as we laugh about the ridiculous size of the car and its ‘look at me attitude’ of such a machine, I simultaneously attempt to make our way around corners in our 18 ft (5.5m) long convertible while being watched by confused commuters in compact city cars. We return to the carpark unscathed, and I successfully navigate a reverse park, although with the help of three others.

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A sigh of relief then, at least we would begin the rally semi-prepared…

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Our journey begins in the centre of Hamburg with the first special stage and it is certainly educational. Both Christoph and I immediately realise the humour of competing in a regularity rally with such a large vehicle. With the focus being on the front of the car crossing the line at exactly the right time, we have encountered our first issue: we have no idea where the front of the car is.

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Regardless, after careful negotiation with lorries and commuters through the city, we make it to the open road, where the drive truly becomes a lofty experience and certainly more comfortable. With over two tonnes of weight to haul, the Silver Cloud isn’t the quickest off the line or the quickest to stop. However, at speed, it proved to be surprisingly capable at overtaking and felt incredibly stable. With the right timing and my foot firmly on the floor, the 4 speed hydramatic drops a gear and delivers a satisfying sense of urgency with the V8 quietly burbling as if on low volume.

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Narrowing it down, perhaps the best way to describe the driving experience would be to imagine taking your couch for a drive and your entire living room joining in.

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Through town we become increasingly grateful for the soft suspension on cobblestones, and are amazed by the the Silver Cloud’s sense of occasion. With steering that encourages large shuffles of the thin wheel from hand to hand as the most efficient way to navigate streets, you are made to feel incredibly aristocratic and noble. Together with a light toot of the horn to acknowledge the waving crowd in town centres always resulting in an eruption of applause and cheers, the illusion is almost complete.

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By closing day of the Hamburg to Berlin Klassik, it is safe to say we were completely comfortable in the Silver Cloud—even managing a 1st place on the final special stage of the rally when we ‘zeroed’ by crossing the line exactly on time. After three days of driving, a 90th place finish out of 182 starters, and some unforgettable moments including being on a runway with a Mini Cooper and a chasing Biplane, I would be deceiving you to say I wasn’t a little be saddened to have to leave our grand transport behind.

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However, what I will always be able to take with me is the magical experience of having being at the wheel of a Rolls Royce…not just any, but a Silver Cloud III Drophead Coupe, one of the most regal of all.

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Photography by Jayson Fong; driving photos by BMW Group Classic
Article from Petrolicious, written by Jayson Fong