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Posted on January 8, 2015 Comments (0)

An Auspicious Beginning

Norman Dewis, OBE, and Jaguar Type C

Last week we joyfully announced that popular Jaguar representative Norman Dewis has received an OBE from the Queen and was to be knighted. We thank Alain de Cadenet for kindly pointing out that there are four basic grades leading to Knighthood and that Norman is on the second. He is an Officer and can now attach the letters OBE to the end of his name. Alain closed his message with a fitting and generous comment about Norman Dewis OBE that we will happily share: “Norman made a tremendous contribution to Jaguar and helped bring it onwards and upwards after WWII. Remember how broke poor old Britain was in 1945 … Norman is an object lesson to everyone with his tenacity, love of his work, and the simple fact that he is still breathing easily. A lovely man all round.”

My Motorsports Resources (MMR)

A number of you wrote to comment positively on our change of nomenclature. My Motorsports Resources appears to have struck a positive chord. Thank you.

A Less than Pleasant Beginning

james Allison, Ferrari

In the past three weeks, Ferrari has, as the expression goes, “cleaned house”. As Motor Sport’s Mark Hughes reports in its February issue, “As things stand, in one season the team has lost one president, two team principals, the engine chief, engineering chief, chief designer, chief strategist and chief tyre engineer.” That leaves technical boss James Allison to put together a team that can supply a car that can win for drivers Raikkonen and Vettel. It begs the question: What was Vettel thinking? And what is he thinking NOW?


Passing Notes

Actor and Master of Ceremonies at Pebble Beach, Edward Hermann

Edward Hermann, TV actor, car enthusiast, the Master of Ceremonies of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, and who hosted the show Automobiles on The History Channel, has passed.

Jean-Pierre Beltoise

Frenchman Jean-Pierre Beltoise, Formula 1 race driver for Matra and BRM died at the age of seventy-seven. He was a teammate to Sir Jackie Stewart for Ken Tyrrell and later had his only GP win at Monaco in a BRM in 1972. He was married to Francois Cevert’s sister. Cevert was also a teammate of Jackie Stewart and was killed at Watkins Glen in 1973.

Image by Gene Ritvo

This week’s eye candy is from the  Gene Ritvo Portfolio in our MMR Photo Galleries. Gene was an excellent photographer and passionate car and motorcycle enthusiast. He helped us launch MMR and we display his work not in sadness, because he also has passed, but in celebration of the beauty he was capable of capturing with a camera.


Monthly Features

Hatch and Sons Mercedes W113 Pagoda SL

This week’s  MMR Classy Classifieds feature four different Mercedes W113 Pagoda SLs. These cars have a devoted following and despite the fact that they were built between 1963 and 1971 are still quite modern and usable cars. The 230SL is available from Fantasy Junction, in California, the 250SL from Cooper cars in NYC, the 280SL from Copley Motorcars, and 280SLR is a V8 powered special prepared by noted restorer Hatch & Sons.

Michael Furman image of 1937 Delage Coupe

Michael Furman’s image this week is the 1937 Delage Coupe from his book Curves of Steel.

Our Home page MMR Video this week is back by popular request, it is film maker Wes Anderson’s (Grand Budapest Hotel) short comedy entitled  Castello Cavalcanti.

Paul Newman Print by Chris Osborne

From the  MMR Goods and Services Directory, we display a page from our most recent publication. It features original artwork by Chris Osborne, depicting Paul Newman at his favorite track, Lime Rock, with his favorite car.

Vintage MGA photo and TR3 image

Our Sixties Retrospective continues. We feature our short personal reminiscence of the sixties British competitors, the MGA and the Triumph TR3.

That’s it for this week. We are in Phoenix for the Arizona Concours d’Elegance and we hope to see you there. If not, we’ll send pictures. Suixtil-USA’s Lisa Smith has scouted out the Phoenix-Scottsdale area for suitable restaurants and her guide follows.

Peter Bourassa


MMR Community Newsletter

Posted on December 20, 2013 Comments (0)

Bronson

Then Came Bronson

The response to last week’s piece on Michael Parks and the Then Came Bronson TV show was far greater than expected. The series is fondly remembered by a significant number of our readers. Considering it only lasted one season of 26 episodes, it obviously had an impact. The character of Parks strongly influenced the character he portrayed and while he speaks fondly of the product, he readily admits that the producers constantly pressured him to make the stories more in tune with the Hopper-Fonda angry biker image of the time. He was unwilling. Refreshingly, he sees himself as an actor first and the stint on motorcycles as just an opportunity and a job. Parks was also a gifted athlete who ran the mile in 4:05 and tried out with a major league baseball team. To everyone’s amazement, he simply packed up and walked out of training camp to pursue a life in the arts. The Bronson character was probably pretty close to the Parks character.

What are you driving?

A loyal subscriber wrote in response to our comment about preferring older Euro vehicles to the new offerings and asks if we would consider owning a new Cadillac. The Derek Hill Cadillac commercial, featuring the ATS Turbo being driven in Monaco, prompted a switch from a BMW Five Series to a new Cadillac ATS Turbo.

The writer loves the car and states that the car “makes me feel young.”

Caddy

While I was not initially fond of the styling, one of us is changing. I now find myself warming to the newer models and it is hard to ignore that Cadillac has done a hell of a job making the thing work. A small and quick survey of our recent Dragone auction travel group resulted in two distinct considerations. First, a competitive American car is very appealing. Second, Cadillac has yet to overcome its previous cumbersome image. What do you think?

Castello Cavalcanti

This week’s Video, Wes Anderson’s Castello Cavalcanti is a true hoot. Starring Jason Schwartzman as race driver Jet Cavalcanti, it hits absolutely every cliché possible about Italian villages, relations, race drivers, mechanics, and the Molte Miglia. Enjoy!

MMR Goods & Services Directory

Stuck for something you want somebody to buy for you? A reminder that our MMR Goods & Services Directory has over 2800 top quality suppliers of all the stuff you need in 350 categories. The trick now is to get the second most significant person in your life to find exactly what you want. Good Luck!

Happy Holidays to you and your family from the MMR Team.

Peter Bourassa