Alpina is now part of BMW Group ! by Paul-Edouard Urbain

One could say Alpina is to BMW what AMG is to Mercedes, or even, in a way, what Abarth is to FIAT. Unlike AMG or Abarth, Alpina adds a unique enhanced comfort and luxurious side to the upgraded performance it offers. Burkard Bovensiepen was still reading engineering when he developed a twin Weber carbs intake …

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Tom Karen: the forgotten designer

His name probably won’t ring a bell... However, Tom Karen is a very eclectic designer who is still active, even though he is 95 years old! None of the cars he designed is a “masterpiece” in  automotive history but they all had something unusual. His aim was never to design 'fashionable' cars but rather to …

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Hazel Chapman (1927-2021): Mrs Lotus just passed away…

Hazel just passed away in her 90th year, she was Colin Chapman’s widow. In today’s world, women finally get the place they deserve. In this respect, Hazel Chapman was a true pioneer. Back in the early 1950s, she made her mark, both by her human and commercial qualities, in a man’s , even macho world. …

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Museo Storico Alfa Romeo: the time machine

The Italian brand is celebrating its 111th anniversary this year... a good reason step back in time and have a look at the brand’s long and eventful history by visiting the Alfa Romeo factory museum in Arese, Italy. Archetype of the Formula 1, this Alfetta or Tipo 158 was famous from 1938 to 1951. Designed …

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Seat 124 : le taxi fait pour le rallye ! par Dimitri Urbain

SEAT est née le 9 mai 1950, le pouvoir espagnol voulant mettre le pays sur des roues. FIAT détient 7% du capital, le reste étant réparti entre quelques grandes banques nationales et l’état espagnol lui-même, via l’Instituto Nacional de Industria. Les productions vont donc tout naturellement s’aligner sur celles de Turin jusqu’ en 1984, lorsque …

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