Le Mans belga ászai az Autoworld Múzeumban

Mivel belgák egy rögtönzött tárlattal köszöntik a ma induló le mans-i 24 órás futamot, itt volt az ideje egy újabb látogatásnak, amit sikerült épp a verseny előtt abszolválni. Az angol nyelvű poszt már kész volt az egzostive.com-on, de a magyarítás most eltartott egy darabig. Aki nem annyira ismeri a helyet, az Autoworld állandó tárlata mellett az igazán nagy szám a vendégkiállítások sorozata. A múzeum évente négy-hat nagy vendégkiállítást rendez, ahol több tucat autó foglalja el az első emeleti fő galériát és a földszinti két kiállítóhelyet.

Két nagy kiállítás között a két földszintii kiállítási terület áll rendelkezésre kisebb (néha csípőből szervezett) kiállításokra, amelyek egy-két tucat autót tartalmaznak. Ezek a kisebb tárlatok néha bemelegítőként szolgálnak, pl. a meglehetősen lenyűgöző Ferrari 70 kiállítás előtt a földszinten összehoztak egy meglepően átfogó bemutatót az 50 éves Dino motorról és a rövid életű Dino márkáról. A mai poszt is egy ilyen időközi bemutatóról szól.

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Belgian Aces of Le Mans in the Autoworld Museum

As I mentioned earlier, I ventured on a quest to discover the most important European car museums, but that doesn’t mean, that I will not take the time to regularly revisit those that I already saw. This is particularly true to Autoworld, as the Belgian national museum is one of the closest located museums, and gives plenty of reasons to go for a subscription. I am planning to write a more comprehensive post on the permanent exhibition of Autoworld at some stage, but the real deal is the series of guest exhibitions in the annual calendar. The Museum usually hosts four-six major exhibitions a year, where several dozen cars occupy the main gallery on the first floor. 

In between the main exhibitions, two ground floor exposition spaces are available for smaller (sometimes ad hoc) exhibitions encompassing about a dozen cars. These shows often serve as warmups, e.g. before the quite impressive Ferrari 70 exhibition, the ground floor welcomed a surprisingly comprehensive expo about the 50-year-old Dino engine and the short-lived Dino brand. Today’s post is about such an interim show.

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Porsche Fahrtraum: the private collection of the Porsche Family is the best-kept secret car museum

Last summer, I discovered one of the best-kept secret of Austria, the private collection of the Porsche family. The Collection is run by Ernst Piech, the eldest grandson of Ferdinand Porsche. Although my visit took place last year, the 70th Anniversary of the Porsche car company provides an excellent opportunity to recall the experience. The Museum is quite well hidden, located in Mattsee near the city of Salzburg, in a cozy corner of the lake (their website is quite informative). The surrounding area of Salzburg offers lots of attractions, starting with the unbeatable combination of the famous Hallstatt/Salzwelten/Dachstein trio or the trip to Königsee. For car geeks, the private vault of Mr. Mateschitz, with his pride and achievements encompassing aircraft and race cars with its ultramodern Hangar 7 strikes a stark contrast to the simple Porsche building hiding smoothly in the picturesque lakeside landscape.

 In principle, such private collections should not be measured to factory museums of prominent manufacturers (such as the Porsche Museum Stuttgart), but Fahrtraum and Hangar 7 can hold their own.

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Boldog szülinapot Porsche!

A Porsche autógyár június 8-án ünnepli a 70. születésnapját. E megfogalmazást szándékosan választottam, mivel a Porsche nevet már jóval korábban is megismerhették számos iparágban. 1900-ban az ifjú Ferdinand Porsche valósággal rárúgta az ajtót a bécsi iparvilágra, amikor beugró házi feladataként összedobott egy plug-in hibrid járművet az akkoriban elismert udvari kocsiépítő Lohnernél (amelynek egy szép példányát láthattam nemrég Salzburgban a Porsche család saját gyűjteményében). Később a XX. Század első felében Ferdinand Németország Tony Starkjává vált. A tigris tanktól a “népautón” át a mezőgazdasági járművekig egy sor fejlesztésben köszönt vissza zsenialitása, de egyikük sem viselte Porsche nevét. 

 

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Happy Birthday Porsche!

Today the Porsche car company celebrates its 70th birthday. The above wording is deliberately chosen, as the name Porsche was already well-known in various sectors of the industry for decades. In 1900 Ferdinand Porsche kicked the door to the Vienna industry scene when he designed a plug-in hybrid vehicle at the well established coachbuilder Lohner company. He later became one of the technical mastermind of Germany, the “Tony Stark” of the early 20th century. From Tiger tanks through “the car for the people” and luxury Mercedes to agricultural vehicles, his genius shed light on many things, but none of those carried his name. 

The first sports car to bear the Porsche name was registered on June 8, 1948: It was the 356 “No.1” Roadster. The 356 turned Ferdinand’s son, Ferry Porsche’s dream of a sports car into a reality. This is the day on which the Porsche brand was born, and the date marks an official anniversary year with the slogan “70 years of the Porsche sports car”.

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The Spa Francorchamps’ Museum is a worthy detour from the heat of the action

En route to the Spa Classic 2018, I finally managed to see to the official Museum of the Spa Francorchamps Race Track. The Museum is located in the cellar of the Monastery of Stavelot, the administrative center of the region, and provides an excellent insight into racing and the long history of this classic race track.

The Museum keeps several dozen race cars and other historic vehicles, as well as memorabilia from all epochs of racing. The decoration is modest but effective in creating the right atmosphere, and interactive elements provide refreshing activities (and also keep the children busy, if they get tired of the static monuments of the past).

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The 10 best printed car ad of all time

For some time, I am an avid fan of car ads and commercials. The one minute of entertainment and joy that these commercials bring (if they work, of course) makes them a worthy topic for a short post, as their cinematic quality often brings a lot of substance. In some cases, the teasers and behind the scene sections with Hollywood stars often have more stuff to write about than the cars themselves. Well, that is certainly not the case with printed ads, which may prove quite entertaining, but still lack the depth to fill out an entire post per ad. Thus it quickly became clear that the topic will not go beyond a single top list.

In fact, after a first quick browsing through the candidates, I decided to limit the top list to ten candidates. In case somebody knows better printed ads, and feels the urge to deliver justice, feel free to leave a comment.

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An introduction to the Techno Classica – what makes a top-tier classic car show

The 2018 Techno Classica was held some time ago already, but it’s an excellent topic to kick off another blog section that will feature classic car shows. The Techno Classica is also one of the most important automotive events in the continent (more information at the official site).

The exhibition claims to be the number 1 of classic car fairs, but this does not mean much, as about half a dozen car shows have made a similarly bold announcement. But this show also delivers…. To give an idea, it takes a full day to walk through without really dropping  the anchor anywhere. Even if there are plenty of reasons to stop… Apart from the show’s sheer size, the real value added is the factory presence that makes the top-tier events (such as Retromobile, Goodwood Revival, Stuttgart’s Retro Classics and Maastricht Interclassics) reach far beyond the traditional second-hand car fairs.

Techno Classica’s strongest asset is the most prominent participation of Car Manufacturers at the factory (but at least importer) level. Their contribution encompasses factory museums, historical parts divisions, often supported by current models. Factory stands not only enhance the reputation among collectors but also attract the general public, beyond the connoisseurs of classic cars. Considering the nearly 200.000 visitors, manufacturers increasingly recognize the advertising potential of top-tier classic car shows. Essentially, Techno Classica resembles now a lot to the Frankfurt Motor Show but with classic cars. Continue reading “An introduction to the Techno Classica – what makes a top-tier classic car show”

A quick peek at the Mazda Classic Museum in Germany

Last year, in pursuit of the automotive overdose, I discovered a Mazda Museum halfway between Stuttgart and Munich. The Automobil Museum Frey is a private collection, run by a local  German Mazda dealer, Mr. Walter Frey, but it is still able to leave a lasting impression (as their website), despite the absence of factory support .

The company behind this Museum is not the Mazda Corporation, but merely an enthusiastic local dealer in Germany. Here I have to stress, that the founder, Walter Frey, is not related to the famous Swiss car dealer Emil Frey. Thus, any comparisons to the major museums run by automotive moguls, such as the Lowman Museum would not be appropriate. For those, who never been to the Hague, the Louwman Collection is still curated by a private collector who owns a major car dealer network.  It counts as the dutch national museum, it is usually listed among the world’s best car museums, and I certainly can’t argue with that.

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Spa Classic 2018 – the other side of the coin

Last year’s Spa Classic was a refreshing addition to my calendar and proved to be a truly memorable experience to see all those legendary cars in action. Well, actually not all the legendary cars, I missed a great deal of the fleet, and I thought, it might be a good idea to check out the missing ones.

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