Flaming Wades on Wheels: At the Le Mans Classic

10.07.2014
Jonkheer Gijsbert van Lennep and Kenny Schachter with a factory prototype of the Porsche 2.8 RSR that he drove in Le Mans in 1973.
Jonkheer Gijsbert van Lennep and Kenny Schachter with a factory prototype of the Porsche 2.8 RSR that he drove in Le Mans in 1973.

As a coda to the art season, I thought I’d take a palette-cleansing trip to the biennial Le Mans Classic to check out the races and pick up an historic racecar I purchased along the way.

Though it is certainly much smaller in scale, the vintage car market in many respects parallels the art market—there have been abrupt hyper-inflationary price escalations of late, and some of the same shenanigans. For instance, a broker tried to steal my car out from under me before I closed on the contract, a scenario not altogether different from trying to buy a Wade Guyton (another fast moving object with flames going up and down the sides). But what I find so refreshing about car enthusiasts is that, though their passion is as fervent as their art-collecting peers, they’re slightly less jaded, and they’re refreshingly nonchalant compared to the sometimes-pretentious art gang (well, marginally anyway). With cars, it’s more art than artifice.

Things didn’t get off the start line exactly as planned. So much for clearing my mental sense of taste: en route on the Eurostar to Paris, I bumped into a friend and got wind of a major dealer and rival of sorts, who was having his car raced. You can run, but…may as well try and sell something while I’m at it. I checked into the hotel in Le Mans, fittingly enough located on Boulevard Duchamp, and a similarity with Basel became immediately apparent: the hotels are crap. It was so cramped I had to sit sideways on the toilet and could hear the guest in the adjacent room belch.

The art market continues to clamor for more of the same  ... weiterlesen

The unknown Porsche Carrera RSH

14.03.2014
Porsche 2.7 Carrera RSH (1972)
Porsche 2.7 Carrera RSH (1972)

Written by Johnny Tipler

The girls from the Cambridge University rowing club, here on Putney Embankment for a dawn race down the Thames, lower their boat into the water. Lean and slender, their eight’s shell is constructed from carbon fibre, and is the lightest, fleetest vessel of its kind. We landlubbers are also here with a racer that’s equally spartan: a 2.7-litre Carrera RSH.  ... weiterlesen

Oranges and oranges

11.09.2013
Ballon Dog vs 1973 Car, which do you prefer?
Ballon Dog vs 1973 Car, which do you prefer?

A comparison of oranges and oranges occurs when two items or groups of items are compared that cannot be practically told apart.

The idiom, comparing oranges and oranges, refers to the apparent similarities between items which are popularly thought to be incomparable or incommensurable, such as oranges and oranges. The idiom may also be used to indicate that a false analogy has been made between two items, such as where an orange is faulted for not being a good orange (or sculpture).  ... weiterlesen

Long Live the Difference! On Carlo Mollino

24.04.2013
Bisiluro da corsa, Nardi – Mollino – Giannini, 1955, © Alessandro Nassiri, Archivio Museo Scienza.
Bisiluro da corsa, Nardi – Mollino – Giannini, 1955, © Alessandro Nassiri, Archivio Museo Scienza.

Carlo Mollino, 1905 – 1973, an artist, architect, occultist, and designer of furniture and a racecar. Today the snooty art world would have turned its collective nose up and labeled him a dilettante instead of embracing the creative force of nature he was. I am writing an upcoming piece for a new mag tentatively titled MPH Edition and came across these beauties including an anthropomorphized depiction of the entrant he designed and drove (!) for the 1955 Le Mans race, known as the Bisiluro ("Twin Torpedo"). In the foreground of the 1963 drawing is legendary car designer Pininfarina.

The steering wheel alone is a tour de force; long live the difference! *The market has grown to embrace his kooky and wide-ranging practice with multi million dollar prices for the furniture. You can hardly be surprised he turned to porn, and he kind of did from 1962 to his death in 1973, artfully of course. Well, he is Italian and look how he drew the car in 1963 as a female torso.

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