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Brandy

The most recent work by Don Packwood.
"Brandy" just completed.
1936 Packard Convertible.
Original oil on linen 91 cm x 55.5 cm

Although the work is fictional the subject auto and young lady were at Napier and became the inspiration for this composition.

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Nuvolari at Budapest 1936, in his Alfa Tipo C (8C 35) #24.

 Rosemeyer had a 37 second lead over Nuvolari but then suddenly Rosemeyer got into trouble and the Ferrari driver was able to catch the leader in only three laps and take the lead on lap 33. Nuvolari soon opened up a 15 second lead and then kept the advantage to the flag with Rosemeyer unable to respond.

The other finishers were several laps behind, Varzi finished third followed by Tadini's Alfa.

It had been another amazing drive from Nuvolari, beating the Germans fairly and squarely.

1947 Chrysler Town & Country Convertible Woody.

I've always liked working with wood and metal and there was a period in my life where I used to build black powder guns, flintlocks. The flintlock era of early American history and Kentucky or Pennsylvania long rifles in particular were a favourite subject. The finish on these weapons and just like this lovely 47 Woody, was something to behold.

Fangio Wins Swiss GP at Bremgarten

The 1951 Formula 1 World Championship started in late May at the Bremgarten circuit in Switzerland. Ferrari had tasted success in non-championship races, but only when Alfa-Romeo were not present. At Bremgarten Alfa drivers occupied four of the first five grid slots with Luigi Villoresi the only interloper, lining up third in his Ferrari 375.

I love this photo, supplied by a friend of mine, Jim Short. So nostalgic! I think that just about everyone can relate to this wonderful scene. Those long hot summer days spent working on your set of wheels, just to keep them running... luxury was to have a shed to work in. My dad's shed was always full of essential items and no room for the car. Ahhh! the 60's, they were the days.

Although I don't usually copy photos, I love this scene... so here goes!

The Super Sport roadster especially, was a lovely design. Perfectly proportioned and with just enough curvature, it was tastful elegance at its best. With its speed and style, the Type 55 fit perfectly with Bugatti's history as an independent car maker. It was as enjoyable to drive as it was to look at.

Only 38, Type 55 chassis were produced. Close to half of these were fitted with roadster or coupe coachwork by Ettore's son, Jean Bugatti. These bodies reinforced the Type 55's image as a sport car, and established the car as one of the best sculpted vehicles ever produced.

What a wonderful subject, one of my all time favorite cars and where else would a Bugatti feel more at home but Paris!

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