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by Geo Ham
Monaco holds one of the oldest races on the Formula One automobile racing circuit. The Monaco Grand Prix, held there annually, was first organized by Antony Noghes, a well-to-do cigarette manufacturer and a resident of Monte Carlo, under the auspices of Prince Louis II through the establishing of the Automobile Club de Monaco of which Noghes was the founding president. Grand Prix motor racing came to Monaco in 1929 when the first Grand Prix of Monaco automobile race was held. The inaugural race was won by William Grover-Williams driving a Bugatti painted in what would become the famous British racing green color. As a street race held on the Circuit de Monaco, which consists of the actual city streets of Monte Carlo and La Condamine, the race has many elevation shifts, tight corners, and a narrow course that make it perhaps the most demanding and the most dangerous track still in use in Formula One racing.
Vintage car driving into the sunset of Monte Carlo. Falcucci's imaginative approach to the 1931 Monte Carlo Rally is a strange futuristic design -a geometric/geographic fantasy with map course lines and rivers on a globe, and a car backlit by a setting sun that encompasses its own small silhouette of Monte Carlos famous bay.
by Edward Henri Grin
1937 Geneva Motor Show sporting the automobiles historical horse drawn carriage motif. Having the sleek modern shape of the car emerge from the mist of history, with the horse-drawn carriage as the spirit of its ancestry, makes for a highly imaginative approach to a motor show in Geneva in 1937. Unfortunately, the designer is as elusive as the ghostly image he left us.
For the Sport of It! The Oakland was a brand of automobile manufactured between 1907-1909 by the Oakland Motor Car Company of Pontiac, Michigan and between 1909 and 1931 by the Oakland Motors Division of General Motors Corporation. Oakland's principle founder was Edward P. Murphy, who sold half the company to GM in January 1909; when Murphy died in the summer of 1909, GM acquired the remaining rights to Oakland. Under General Motors, Oakland was slotted above price leader Chevrolet and below the more premium Oldsmobile and Buick brand cars. Oakland initially flourished, however by the early 1920 production and quality control problems began to plague the division. In 1921 under new General Manager Fred Hannum, a consistent production schedule was underway and the quality of the cars improved. One marketing tactic was the employment of a quick drying bright blue automotive lacquer by Duco (a DuPont brand product) - leading to Oakland being marketed as the ""True Blue Oakland.""
by Rene Vincent
1923 French Advertisement for Georges Irat Automobiles. A young man takes leave of his date without leaving his place behind the wheel of his beloved car, as the displaced chauffeur smirks. As noted, automobiles were a Vincent passion and specialty. He shows obvious relish here in rendering the elegant angles and curves of the body. And for the car, produced until 1939, as well.
An arresting design, with the gleaming car coming out of the dark background and the silhouette behind it symbolizing its thoroughbred qualities. The are several artists named Fell listed in various reference books who could have created this distinguished work, but the absence of initials or first name prevents us from making a positive identification.