For those petrol heads who missed the 2015 edition of the Interclassics Brussels exhibition on November 6-8, you might wonder was this first ever exhibition in Brussels a flop or top? Judge yourself after reading my report! : ) I always love to go and see some nice events and to make a report about it. It sounded very special to visit the first Brussels Interclassics exhibition, so let’s take a look at the first day of this new event! I also had the mission of finding the weirdest car of this event, commissioned by PreWarCar, so make sure to check out PWC frequently!
Friday was the first day that Interclassics Brussels opened their doors, a good day to have look at the cars they had collected and see some nice stands! The entry was already GREAT! The original T35 Bugatti of Luc Slijpen was your host while entering the arena of brute HP! : ) This Bug was also a good teaser for the large special Bugatti exhibition, comprising a lot of different models, of which quite a few are owned by great friends! Interclassics consisted of 2 halls, the first hall also including a special exhibition celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Citroen DS. Bugatti ruled the second hall with that monstrous beast of a Royale 8 cylinder in-line engine (sadly I didn’t hear the sound of it and the smell of its exhaust) next to all the other master pieces from Ettore (of which one very strange one, to say the least…)! : ) Can you still remember the 101C ex-Cage Super Star? Of course is was exhibited too!
One thing I clearly noticed… Porsche, Porsche, Ferrari, Porsche, Porsche, Ferrari, Porsche, Porsche and Porsche. Porsche seems the most popular marque at the moment, but also the Lamborghini Espada was high in the offering with 5 or more exhibited! After the Espada has been the black sheep of the Lamborghini family, it seems that this car with its fancy exhaust pipes has now finally been discovered! That is great because I think it is a very special and elegant Lambo!
Next time I hope to see a bit more diversity and not so many Porsches from what ever angle you look, even if they are very cool and sporty cars ; )
Near the entrance was a 1964 Amphicar for sale. I can still remember having seen one sailing on Lago di Como when I visited the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este. What is better than having a car that you can also take to the waters without fear for sinking!
One of the most joyable and cozy stands was that of LMB! They had some true treasures exhibited, like the short chassis 1926 3 litre Bentley Vandenplas (#1266), a restored 6 cylinder Lagonda Rapide engine, a 1930 Lagonda 2 litre open tourer and not to forget the cutest, a 1955 Moretti 1200 Spyder! Only 2 of these 4 cylinder Spyder toy cars have been made over time, so a very rare as well as lovely car it is! Compliments to the LMB friends for the great collection that they exhibited and their very friendly hospitality!
As you might know I love French cars, like Delahaye for example! Luckily there was also a stand exhibiting two beautiful Chapron Delahayes, a 1938 135M Competition Grand Luxe coupe and a 235 coupe from 1953. Henri Chapron… Pebble Beach… Keep an eye on those cars! Also the 1948 Talbot Lago T26C, a fine straight six 4,5 litre with 260 HP, was a pleasure for my eyes!
Of course the absolute highlight of the exhibition was the Bugatti party! All of this greatness together is a formula for succes and joy! : ) Would you believe me if I tell you that the weirdest car of the event was a Bug? Check it on PreWarCar! The smallest car of the event was also a Bugatti, the Baby Bugatti… Do I need to say more about Bugatti? Well, okay… MAGNIFABULOUS and STUNNERFUL and BEAUMAZING! ; )
Other pearls I loved seeing were the 1930 Alfa-Romeo 6C 1750 Gran Sport Spider. Also Miura is a car I am in love with and there was one! A GREAT yellow Bertone master piece! There were many more great cars and I will even name one Porsche! The special cream white 1957 365 Carrera deserves to be named in this report, a Mille Miglia car. As you can see, next to all the Porsches there were also some other magnificent cars like for example a 300 SL Gullwing and Roadster, a 300 SC cabriolet (very nice Mercedes too), a nice early E-Type or two and last but not least a stunning Tatra T2- 603 from probably 1963/64!
After looking around a bit more I also found a lost Brescia which wasn’t on the Bugatti stand… A very nice one with wooden decked body. Close to the Brescia was also a very cool Bugatti project! A T57 chassis in excellent condition, although without engine. A huge photograph on the wall, of the same size as the chassis, showed what it could look like with a new Atalante body. Well done! You know, I love the Atalante… remember my second name…? ; )I probably forgot to mention many other cars, but at least you now know which were my highlights! I heard that next year this event will be even bigger and an even greater event! I hope to see then a fine Hispano as well because, to be honest, it is my fav marque next to Bugatti… : ) To avoid the Delahayes and Amillioncar from getting a inferiority complex… I love them as well! Oh, and hopefully fewer Porsches next time…
Soon will be Retromobile in Paris (February 3-7, 2016). My dad and I love Retro, so a full 3 days report is what you can expect! : )
Written by Rosemarijn Atalante Veenenbos