from collector to curator

This is one of a series of comments on the 8th biennial symposium “Connoisseurship and the Collectible Car” held at the Revs Institute for Automotive Research in Naples, Florida in March 2015. [Link]

Cars are changing – robots are on their way.

And car collecting is changing. [Link]

While training as an architect Nick became a founding member of rock band ‘Pink Floyd’. He was already a motorsports enthusiast through his father Bill, an amateur racer and a director for the Shell Film Unit – best known for writing and directing the multi part ‘History of Motor Racing’.

Nick started racing in 1974 and now has a collection of competition cars spanning the history of motorsport from 1901 to the present day. All the cars are in racing condition and are used regularly.

He says he’s changed –

from collector to curator

Here is Nick driving a 1936 Auto Union Type C at Goodwood Festival of Speed – one of the extraordinary German grand prix cars that set the engineering standard in the middle of the twentieth century

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Bernd Rosemeyer at Donington in 1936

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Tazio Nuvolari in an Auto Union – see my performance piece with Mike Pearson (2013) [Link] [Link] [Link]

And here he is in pictures of the German Grand Prix from the Revs Library at Stanford [Link]

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