Maybe it has something to do with shooting the latest Australian built Porsche from Nakai-San, but following that I was longing to focus my lens on some classic European steel. Well, it just so happens that the weekend following Chigiri’s unveiling was German Autofest and plans were made to attend… that was however until the last minute when I heard about Autoclassica, which happened to fall on the same day as GA. After some quick research, that was that, my mind was changed and made up; Autoclassica it was.
The only way to describe it is as the title states; refined chaos. It’s not the chaos itself that was refined, that was definitely insane and absolutely chaos. Cringe-worthy examples involve a Countach avoiding a kids’ handlebar contacting the rear quarter panel by millimetres, fingerprints on almost every second car in attendance – not just from children either, and apparently slightly crouching and taking two large steps whilst saying “sorry” instead of walking normally makes you invisible to cameras?..
Some balls were certainly involved by organisers and owners in trusting the general public to be let loose in a rather tight inner suburb street around cars with unobtanium status. Knelt down with camera focused and finger at the ready trying to get a clear shot of some of the cars was literally impossible, well, short of being in position for at least 10 minutes and hoping. So hence the coverage of Autoclassica is mostly made up of detail shots with the exception of a couple of spotlight features which will be coming soon.
Above: (Previous six photos) The Pininfarina designed Fiat Dino Spyder, fitted with the same Ferrari designed engine as the Ferrari Dino 246 GTS Targa below (Following four photos) in order to meet Homologation rules for Formula 2 racing.
That all said, I can see what Peter Barclay (main organiser of Autoclassica and member of the Maling Road Traders’ Association) and of course all of the other organisers and sponsors were trying to achieve; and that is to showcase some truly stunning cars within the beautiful, historic and very European looking backdrop of Maling Road. Chaos and crowds aside, it was just nice to get up close and look in detail at some refined and truly rare machines, not to mention seeing them being driven to and from the event, without a tray truck or tandem trailer in sight.
Above & Below: Jaguar E-Type, beautifully presented in black.
Above & Below: Race-prepped Alfa Romeo Guilia Sprint.
Above & Below: The Lamborghini Countach LP500 – Usually the first car that comes to mind when speaking about those which are unobtainable.
Below: I’ll leave Part I here with a couple more shots of the 356 in the opening photo. Keep a look out for Part II and some spotlight features to come.