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- DescriptionSay Sleeping Beauties to committed car enthusiasts and they will immediately kw what you're talking about: a world famous 1980s photo series, showing an extraordinary collection of classical automobiles rusting away in a French barn, neglected by their owner. Famous brands like Bugatti, Lancia, Ferrari, Alfa Romeo, Cord and Aston Martin, laying under thick layers of dust, spending their remaining days falling apart in isolation. Many have tried to find out what happened to these cars over the last twenty-five years - decayed? destroyed? sold? - but all leads fizzled out...until two Dutchmen and a German hung on where others had given up. In true Boy's Own style, their book tells of the three-year-long search for the fate of the cars from that French barn. It tells the story behind the collection's origins in 1948, through the moment in 1983 when the famous photos were published, up to the day in 2007 when the authors talked to the current 79 year old owner - a man who finally broke his silence about the fate of his collection for the first time in 25 years.
- Author BiographyArd op de Weegh is a schoolprincipal in Arnhem. His father had a fascination with cars, which he passed on to his son, and Ard is very proud to also have a son who shares this passion. Ard began looking into the fate of the 'Sleeping Beauties' when one of his teachers, who was fond of the Alfa 6C2500 Competizione of Dovaz, said shortly before he died that he had planned to research the collection. When the teacher passed away, Ard started to investigate, at first with his son Arnoud, and since December 2006 with Kay Hottendorff, too. Kay Hottendorff, born in 1969, is an electrical engineer from Northern Germany. He has been fascinated by classic cars since his childhood. Kay began investigating the background and fate of Michel Dovaz's 'Sleeping Beauties' collection in 1996, when he first came across the famous 1983 photo series. The cars have haunted him ever since. Nowadays, Kay prefers cars in unrestored or even 'barn find' condition over any restored classic. In his opinion, over-restored cars, looking newer than the latest Volkswagen, lose their identity and history. Arnoud op de Weegh is a student at the technical university in Arnhem. He and his father, Ard, share a lifelong fascination with cars; Arnoud is particularly interested in pre-WWII models, especially Bugatti. He began investigating the Dovaz collection in 2003, taking many trips to France with his father to view barn finds or prewar cars, which resulted in them writing this book in collaboration with Kay Hottendorff.
- Author(s)Ard op de Weegh,Arnoud op de Weegh,Kay Hottendorf
- PublisherVeloce Publishing Ltd
- Date of Publication01/10/2010
- SubjectRoad & Motor Vehicles: General Interest
- Place of PublicationDorset
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintVeloce Publishing Ltd
- Content Note277 illustrations
- Weight898 g
- Width216 mm
- Height262 mm
- Spine20 mm
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