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Another Dimension

Posted on August 12, 2011 Comments (0)

Les Art Decoratif wing of the Louvre in Paris is hosting “L’Art de l’Automobile” until August 28th. It features significant automobiles in the Ralph Lauren collection. Unquestionably the finest setting in the world, the Louvre and Paris make the exhibit of what are already historically important vehicles a once in a lifetime experience.

Tony Singer’s images are featured here in our Photo Gallery and our recent MMR Community Newsletter. If you haven’t subscribed, you should. If you do we will send you our most recent Community Newsletter featuring stories about this show and much more.

The Louvre has added an enriching new dimension to their exhibit. Sound! Filmmaker Chris Szwedo had worked extensively as cameraman/director in filming the collection for the memorable 2005 MFA Boston Exhibition, aptly named, Speed, Style and Beauty. He was asked to record the sound of each vehicle beginning with start up and thru to full chat.

His entertaining account of this sometimes rewarding at times harrowing experience can be found at his site. It also contains links to the actual sounds and images on the Ralph Lauren site.

Indulge yourself. And don’t forget to subscribe.

Tags: Bugatti, Ferrari

Elliott Hillback's 300SLMercedes Wins!

Posted on August 11, 2011 Comments (0)

photo by Sarah Ellen Smith

The Concours D’Elegance classic car show held at The Antique Boat Museum (ABM) on July 17 attracted over 60 rare and distinctive motorcars and some 800 spectators.

While not an officially judged show this year, all attendees were invited to vote in several categories including People’s Choice, Women’s Choice, The Car I Would Love to Drive Home and the Brock Gates awards.

The Brock Yates award was given to Elliott Hillback’s 1955 Mercedes Benz 300SL (Sport Light) Gull-wing Coupe. One of only 1,400 produced, the car has 54,000 original miles and was restored in 2006.

Tutto Italiano Rained On But Not Out

Posted on August 10, 2011 Comments (0)

At times it poured buckets and at times it just drizzled, but it never didn't rain. Tutto Italiano is the largest Italian vehicle and lifestyle event in the Northeast. Although far less than one hundred cars and motorcycles displayed, the surprisingly large crowd remained damp and joyful throughout. Stay tuned for more Tutto 2011 news.

Rendezvous in Paris

Posted on August 8, 2011 Comments (0)

In 1988 Anton (Tony) Singer sold his silver Porsche 550 Spyder to Ralph Lauren.

1988 Anton Tony Singer sold his silver Porsche 550 Spyder to Ralph Lauren

It was his favorite car and he recently traveled to Paris to see it again. The Spyder was in excellent company in the Louvre's “L'Art de L'Automobile” exhibition.

All the automobiles being shown are from the Ralph Lauren's collection. View more of the images from Tony's visit.

Tags: Porsche, Spyder

John Gable's Car Art

Posted on August 5, 2011 Comments (0)

Ferrari National Meet, Watkins Glen, NY, 2007

John Gable painting of the Bugatti Type 57SC

John Gable's painting of the Bugatti Type 57SC

Two strangers standing in the shade of pop-up awning half watching trophy presentations and talking about the fabulous Ferraris sitting on the blocked off main street of Corning, NY.

Both of us taken by the pontoon fendered Testa Rosa and the black 275 GTB. Just talking about the cars and the history and how things have changed. Pleasant car chatter. Unknown to me, my companion was the talented car designer and artist John Gable.

I remember saying to myself that this guy had a really good eye and that I have had hundreds of conversations like this before and so have most motorheads.

This is his painting of the Bugatti Type 57SC. You can buy prints, or the original, here.