Monday, October 02, 2006

Cars!, the final chapter.

When it's all said and done, shows like this are a celebration of the beauty, artistry and fun of great automobiles.

It doesn't really matter whether you're looking at a classic Rolls-Royce...



A magnificent Bugatti...



The wonderful sculpture of a Packard hood ornament...



The inviting interior of a 300SL Mercedes-Benz...



The brutal efficiency of a Ford GT Mark IV racer...



...or the sporting simplicity of a Porsche Speedster...



This magnificent 1936 Delahaye has a custom body by Figoni et Falaschi. For a time, the French were the most flamboyant of car designers, and the F&F designs of the 1930s led the way. This particular car, though rather restrained when compared to some of its contemporaries, is incredibly elegant. It impressed me when I first saw it some time ago, and impressed the judges sufficiently to be named "Best of Show."



For a few hours on Sunday, being surrounded by so much beauty let me enjoy the illusion that all was right with the world....

9 comments:

HarpO'Fly said...

Wow, what a fabulous series of posts.
It is so nice to see design when it was done by humans. A lot of artistry married to function there.

Just when I think only the Italians make art of everything, I see something like that Rolls with the Merlin, and as strange as it looks, it has appeal. I would love to take that on the next road trip, provided a mechanic fallowed me in a motorhome.

I'm really wondering now about the businesz of your hydrated friendz.

Great pictures and informative narration.

So many fabulous machines.

HarpO'Fly said...

followed.
I have no desire to be fallowed by a nechanic or anyone else

lowandslow said...

Difficult as it was for me...the reveal was worth the wait. Thanks. :)

MrScribbler said...

You'd want a tanker full of gasoline to follow you as well, HO'F. I'm told the car's range on a full tank can be measured in minutes....

Glad y'all enjoyed the pix!

Justfly said...

Would be great if hood ornaments would come back. But...in today's world they would be constantly stolen :<

MrScribbler said...

justfly -- government car-safety rules would ban such ornaments as the Packard "cormorant." They would be a hazard to anyone hit by the car, you know....

Anonymous said...

I love red cars,lol. And....Ouuuu Gah! Ooouuu-Gah! Those first pictures are so cool! One actually looks like it has a 'face!' ((hugs)) from Sunny

DAL said...

The Delahaye deserved to be best in show. I like the GT MKIV, but it's no GT40 :-)

MrScribbler said...

I prefer GT-40s as well, dal, but there were no examples at the show, alas.