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foto of the day. my favourite section…

on my bookshelf!

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Silver Arrows reunion at Goodwood this year.

This is just epic.  Here’s the list of Silver Arrows race cars that will be at Goodwood this year——driving on the track!  This is the first time in over 70 years that these cars will be racing on the same track.  I can’t wait to see/hear the footage when this happens.

The list of cars planning to be there:

Mercedes-Benz W25, W125, W154 and W165

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Auto Union Type C and Type D

full story here: Fourtitude 

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foto of the day. 1934.

Hans Stuck behind the wheel of his Auto Union at the GP L’Acf.

via: Taurtoise

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F1 4-cylinder Turbo vs. V6 Turbo…and how Audi influenced the FIA.

 

(rendering below, via Speed Arena–not actual car!)

By now i’m sure you have heard the debates about Formula One switching to a V6  Turbos OR  4-cylinder Turbos by 2013/2014.  The latest news being reported by ESPN is saying that Audi was one of the primary reasons why F1 had initially agreed to switch to 4 cylinder turbos.  Apparently Audi had originally said they would join, and the FIA obliged by accepting the idea of the 4 cylinder turbo.  After the decision was made, Audi then flipped and decided the finances weren’t working out for them to join F1—and changed their mind.  Following Audi’s uncertainty about joining F1, the FIA has recently decided that it is going back to the original idea of V6 Turbos.

I, personally, am a big fan of 4 cylinder turbos and feel they would have enhanced development of road going 4 cylinder turbos in street cars—-and am dissappointed that Audi retracted their original idea of joining F1.  I think it would have been great if they had joined—possibly filling the void that BMW had left when they retreated from F1 a few years ago.  Here’s hoping they change their minds again and decide to enter!

http://en.espnf1.com/fia/motorsport/story/52832.html?CMP=OTC-RSS

(thanks to Stampchez for the tip!)

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art of the day: Monza

a vintage poster of the very cool DKW Monza!

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art of the day. nuvolari.

i’ve always been a huge fan of Rob Ijbema‘ s artwork—-i will buy a painting one of these days.   Here’s another one by him of Nuvolari in his glorious Auto Union.

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foto of the day. TT.

NSU TT…..that is……

I don’t know the backstory on this photo, but i dig it very much!

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art of the day. streamliner.

The superb work of Rob Ijbema, as shown on IEDEI before…..

http://car-a-day.blogspot.com/2010/09/auto-union-streamliner.html

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AUTO UNION!

the sinister glamour of AUTO UNION.

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Auto Union dealership.

I love this pic…showing a rare photo of an original Auto Union dealership….

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VW entering F1?

Well, at least the ENGINE portion of the game…..that’s what Autocar is saying.  I’m still waiting for the day that VW enters F1 completely and uses the name Bugatti on blue F1 cars…imagine that…or maybe even Auto Union.

“The imminent expansion of the grid and the reduced costs of the sport have caught VW’s eye, and the firm is not deterred by the pullouts of Honda, BMW and Toyota in the past 12 months.”

LINK: http://www.autocar.co.uk/News/NewsArticle/AllCars/245349/

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Silver Arrows: Auto Union video.

Hosted by Alain De Cadanet, a very cool look into Pre-WW2 Grand Prix race cars made by Auto Union.  Amazing footage in this video….

PART 1

PART 2

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art of the day.

“Red Hot” by Mark Spain

On display at the Park Gallery in South Glasgow, Scotland.

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foto of the day.

1937 Auto Union Type C Streamline, driven by ROSENMEYER

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VW board murders the Cayenne and Panamera…

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…and simultaneously gives Porsche a big kick in the nuts.

I love Porsches, and i’ve wanted one ever since I was a kid; I guess i would be joined by MOST men in saying that Porsches are the holy grail of motoring for alot of us.  But in the last several years, the 911 has been desirable; however Porsche as a brand has become impure, commercialized, and devoid of the ‘purity’ character it used to carry.

The Cayenne has always been a royal waste of space.  It is truly a rebadged VW Touraeg, whether one wants to believe it or not.  It is also ugly as sin, driven primarily by women who don’t give a damn about driving dynamics, and was perfectly molded for a nice parking spot in front of a Starbucks to collect an afternoon latte more than actual driving…

The Panamera is a Porsche designing FAIL.  There really is no other way to look at the car.  I don’t care how fast it is, how good it is, or how much technical achievement it has…..Porsches were never made to be 4-doors (aside from special projects like the Audi-Porsche RS2 Avant)….and If Porsche recently became so keen to produce the Panamera, then they have really lost the plot.

So it seems the Cayenne and Panamera will continue until 2016, when their current run will end—-and they will both end! Discontinued!

BRAVO VW BOARD!! Maybe you will sort out Porsche by cracking them a kick in the nuts for their recent failures…..and maybe you can tell Koeniggsegg to sort out Saab while you’re at it!

SOURCE: http://www.leftlanenews.com/report-vw-board-votes-to-ax-porsche-cayenne-panamera.html

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foto of the day.

DKW Monza!

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Volkswagen + Porsche = AUTO UNION?

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Insiders are saying that the VW-Porsche merger may end up resurrecting the defunct AUTO UNION name!

I say…….BRING IT ON!

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Audi book: “A History of Progress”

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I picked up this book yesterday at the VW/Audi Waterfest event, directly from the booth that Bentley Publishers had.  around 300 pages, with ALOT of vintage photographs detailing the history of Audi.  Really great stuff, and alot of text outlining the history of Audi as a company; dating back to the original and early cars under separate brands.

The photos are all in monotone blue-white tint, however it adds a sense of unity between all the photos i find.  This is the 2nd edition, published in 2003 updated through the year 2000.  Definitely worth checking out if you’re an Audiphile like I am.  $39 available directly from Bentley

http://www.bentleypublishers.com/isbn/9780837610368/index.html

more page excerpts:

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1938 Auto Union Type-D to hit the auctions!

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Bonham’s is gonna be auctioning this ultra rare 1938 Auto Union Type D in August….and the real question is whether it will break the recent 1957 Ferrari Testa Rossa’s $12.9m record breaking sale last month.

Here’s hoping it does break the record….

SOURCE: http://www.luxist.com/2009/06/04/rare-1938-auto-union-d-type-could-break-records-at-bonhams/

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Auto Union D-Type going to auction again…

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In 2007, there was much hype around this D-Type going to Christie’s auction, where it was expecting to fetch extraordinary amounts of money—however it was revealed around the time of that auction, that the Ukranian gentleman who had rescued this car in the 80s and restored it—lied about its history.  It was never a 1st place car, the best it ever did was get 6th place with Hans Stuck behind the wheel in the 1939 French GP.   This caused such a stir within the stuck-up pursed lips auction community, that the car was withdrawn from that 2007 auction.

The car goes to auction again this August, at Bonhams & Butterfields.  Probably some pompous old guy will pick it up for between $5-10 million…

Amazing car though…

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