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Grand Basel to become world’s poshest car show

Grand Basel to become world’s poshest car show
There is always room for a new ultra-prestigious classic motor show, it seems. We’ve got Villa d’Este, Pebble Beach, Amelia Island and the new City Concours. But Basel, Switzerland and Miami Beach, Florida soon hope to become the homes of the concourses d’elegance to beat them all. The organizers of the Art Basel fairs around the world have now decided to come up with a motoring equivalent ‘centered around 200 of the world’s masterpiece cars’: Grand Basel. The reason? “This is the next big thing when you look at the big collector markets of the world”, or so the organizers say.

And, yes, the cars on show will be offered for sale, but only by invited dealers and brokers. Auction houses will not participate. Bloomberg spoke to Mark Backé, who is appointed as the event’s director and who told them “The event will be so exclusive that dealers aspiring to attend cannot simply just book a space. It’s an application process. They give us the data about the various cars they would like to entertain. Then we hand over the data to our advisory board. They make the choice. They say, ‘This is interesting; this is not interesting.’ It’s not like a regular trade show.” He doesn’t see it as a competitor to other concourses such as Pebble Beach: “Pebble Beach is a beauty contest. Grand Basel is not a concours, not a beauty show like Pebble Beach. You go when you have the idea in mind to buy something. To invest in something.”

The inaugural Grand Basel show will take place from 6 to 9 September in Basel Switzerland, followed by the Miami Beach variant in February next year. Hong Kong is the next venue. Entry for the public comes at 75 Swiss francs. British actor and disc-jockey Idris Elba is found willing to promote Grand Basel and can be seen in a short promotional movie here. Interesting?

(Words editor, pictures Grand Basel)


Wednesday, 30 May 2018

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Please be aware of scam and fraud

Be aware of scam and fraud
Unfortunately, sometimes we receive a message from someone who was scammed. It's a terrible thing when some people try to take advantage of passionate car enthusiasts.
At and we try hard to check every advert, but sometimes it is pretty difficult to distinguish fake advertisements from real ones (as they look pretty convincing). Therefore we would like to warn you one more time and give you some tip-offs:

- Verify that the seller is the real owner of the car/bike. Please note: all kind of papers (e.g. title) might be forged. Maybe the shipping company or other service providers can check this for you.

- No matter how far away the car/bike is: check the vehicle on-site (ideally together with an expert). As soon as you announce your visit, the seller will cut off contact or try to prevent you from coming when he is a fraud.

- Never pay in advance without any security when the seller is not a friend or a trustworthy person/ dealer. Pay only when the car/bike has been picked up or use a fiduciary account. Sometimes shipping companies will make the payment for you when they pick up the vehicle.

- Do not trust any kind of documents sent by e-mail (photos, scans of any documents etc.) that you receive from the seller directly. Some people are very handy with Photoshop.

- If you contact the advertiser, don’t let yourself be fooled by the following “signs of confidence”:

- The advertiser sends you many detailed photos including a photo of the engine and frame number. Check the numbers carefully.

- The advertiser might send you the documents you wish. It happened that he sent a scan of the title with apparently correct data (address, chassis or frame number etc.) and a signed bill of sale with detailed address data. Please check the address and/or phone number. To check the address, look at the photos of the car/motorbike and compare the background, houses etc. with photos of e.g. Google Earth.

- If possible check the bank details before transferring money. Difficult, but quite often the seller will give the banking details of his “wife” because her bank is allegedly faster in bank transfers from Europe (or some other reason). Be suspicious when the seller tries to hasten the bank transfer (needs money urgently because of financial problems, etc.).

- Be suspicious if the seller delays the pickup of the car/bike by telling you any stories (poor health, just got to the hospital, etc.).

- Be careful if the seller tries to sell you an additional car/bike also for an attractive price.

And most important: always use your common sense! If a deal seems too good to be true, it probably is. And if you are not sure... Please contact us first through This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . We cannot give you certainty and every deal will be at your own risk. If you have problems with a seller, please let us know as well. We will immediately take down the advert so nobody else will fall in the same trick. If you have any further questions, do not hesitate to contact us.

Tuesday, 29 May 2018

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Hirondelle in the wacky 1959 Blériot Race

Hirondelle in the 1959 Blériot Race 2
First there was this little article, then it took some years for a grand follow-up, followed by another least as good one not so much later. But don’t think everything has been said about the Swaab Special / HWZ Hirondelle. Rutger Booy remembered he’d read an article about the car when it tackled the wacky Blériot Race re-enactment of 1959 and promised to look it up and send it over.

Well, he did just that last week and what a great read it was. The 1959 Blériot Race was initiated by the Daily Mail to commemorate the major leap Louis Blériot made by crossing the channel in his monoplane aircraft in 1909. The British newspaper had challenged the Frenchman at the time to make the crossing (which cost them a thousand pounds). And they decided to set up a similar challenge 50 years later but now running from Marble Arch in central London to the Arc de Triomphe in central Paris. Prize money tenfolded in five decades time: 10,000 pounds no less.

Competitors were free to choose their own means of transport, as long as they did the channel crossing by plane. A Dutch crew of Hans Hugenholtz (senior) and Henk van Zalinge managed to find a Fokker S14 Jet Trainer (picture 1 below) available and willing to do the job from Northolt airport just outside London to Le Bourget airport just outside Paris. The cars they used were two Hirondelles. The one for the British 70kms stretch an ultra-streamlined Porsche powered Special (picture 2 below); the one used in France the car that we now know so well, and equipped with a three-cylinder tuned DKW powerhouse.

Remarkably, the pictures show the car with Dutch registration ‘PP-35-72’ which may have been a fake number? According to later owner Raymond van Bree the car had never been road registered before he did just that. And in order to get one it was a hell of a job to pass registration tests... Anyhow: you will wonder how the Dutch crew did, right? Well, they did awesome.

The flying Dutchmen started at 8.30:37 at Marble Arch, they arrived at Northolt airport at 8.43:30, flew off there at 8.44 sharp, landed at Le Bourget at 9.18:50, drove off in the other Hirondelle at 9.20:09 only to clock in at the Arc de Triomphe at 9.32:02 (picture 3 below). That’s one hour, one minute and 25 seconds to get from central London to central Paris – averaging 381.49kmh…! However, they didn’t win. Believe it or not but from the 168 competitors – among them holiday resort mogul Billy Butlin - they came home 26th. Winner was RAF squadron leader Maughan who needed an unbelievable 40 minutes and 44 seconds. Amazing, isn't it?
What a great article, but mostly: what a great race!

(Words Jeroen Booij, pictures Het Automobiel via Rutger Booy)


Monday, 28 May 2018

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Tough to crack car puzzle #184

Tough to crack car puzzle #184
We’d like to know from you what the car in this lovely picture is named in the first place. We think we know what this coachbuilt beauty is, but must admit we are not completely totally utterly sure. So please regale us with your information as we love to be educated by you folks.

Furthermore, there’s the person. We believe that the car seen parked here was his personal motor as we found some more photographs of him sitting in it - although it is painted in a different and clearly darker hue there. The scene could well be that of a coachbuilder, too... Again, we’re not sure but please feel free to let us know that, too. He must have been a bit of a character with a soft spot for cars, or so it seems. Know all about car and man? Then do let us know. Oh, and please be careful if you happen to travel Transylvania today… Enjoy the weekend.

Saturday, 26 May 2018

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