The Fate Of The Sleeping Beauties

October 22, 2019|
The Fate Of The Sleeping Beauties by Ard op de Weegh
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Say ‘Sleeping Beauties' to committed car enthusiasts and they will immediately know 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 since the photographs were taken – 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 to 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.
From a very young age Ard op de Weegh was obsessed with cars, visiting showrooms and car events with his father to see the most beautiful cars ever built. Becoming addicted to the heady mixture of gasoline and oil, as he grew older his love for the automobile continued to grow. In 2008, Ard wrote his first automotive book, The Fate of ...
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Title:The Fate Of The Sleeping BeautiesFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:160 pages, 10 X 8.25 X 0.5 inShipping dimensions:160 pages, 10 X 8.25 X 0.5 inPublished:October 22, 2019Publisher:Veloce PublishingLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1787113337

ISBN - 13:9781787113336

Appropriate for ages: All ages

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