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The Untold Story...

I have known my good friend Maarten de Bruijn, founder of Spyker Cars, for 25 years, but recently I was amazed and genuinely impressed again by his story.... both about his now historic significance to Spyker and about his vision and meticulous attention to detail in his new "deBruyn Ferox V8" project. The combination of his broad and nuanced knowledge about construction methods, materials, aerodynamics, vehicle dynamics, and last but not least the aesthetic side of car design, among other things, is second to none. 

Only now it really dawned on me how big his core role at Spyker has always been. That he designed and engineered the first 3 models (a.o. C8 Spyder and Laviolette) independently and organized the production in the UK. With that he laid the foundation for the Spyker brand as a company (with business partners) to gain wings and grow into a mature sports car brand. With business partner Victor Muller, Spyker even participated in the 24 Hours of Le Mans and raced as an official Formula 1 team.

However, partly due to his endearing modesty, many of these aspects and facts have so far been considerably underexposed in the historiography about the birth and downfall of Spyker. His crucial role as a founding father, and how his vision and unbridled dedication and commitment laid the foundation for refining his designs into production versions, deserve to be given more of a spotlight than he was given at the time.

However, Maarten is not the man to look back, he wants to move forward. Like a musician who discovers a melody at night and can't help but work it out and perform it the next day. So for many years he has worked in silence toward his new magnum opus: the Ferox. Under his own brand name: deBruyn Cars. An unlikely story, but he succeeded again. In September 2023 he presented his 'deBruyn Ferox V8' at the 'Wheels at the Palace' event in the Netherlands. His achievement caught the eye of everyone, receiving unanimous acclaim. And with the audience holding their breath, even his former business partner showed sportiness complimenting Maarten with his exciting new automotive revelation.

Being well-funded and with 3 cars already sold, the deBruyn Cars company makes a careful but well-positioned entry into the present day special sports car market. Their offering of pure unfiltered driving pleasure and unique craftsmanship deserves a fair chance in this world of over-engineered, over-assisted and over-priced galactic hypermobiles... In the end it's all about art, smart engineering, drivability and fun. Look no further! https://www.debruyncars.com

The editor

 

Auto Royale is the world’s most exciting new high-end automotive event. Taking place at one of the finest country houses in the UK – Waddesdon Manor in Buckinghamshire, the former home of both the Rothschild family and the renowned Louis Vuitton Classic – between July 16 and July 18 2021, this modern reimagining of what the traditional Concours d'Elegance has become is a dynamic new event concept in which modern British culture meets world-class automotive machinery.

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This luxurious yet accessible event promises not only to showcase some of the world’s most desirable and significant coachbuilt automobiles, but also pledges to offer its guests a feast of fine food, exciting entertainment and engaging retailing.

The inaugural 2021 Auto Royale is a true, multi-category, Concours d’Elegance with a mix of traditional and celebration classes which will be meticulously assessed and considered by a panel of international judges along strict International Chief Judges Advisory Group (ICJAG) guidelines.

In its first year Auto Royale offers some fine ‘Celebration Classes’, including:
- Carrozzerie Scaglietti
- Drogo / Carrozzeria Sports Cars
- 110th birthday of Juan Manuel Fangio
- 120th birthday of Sir William Lyons (featuring the 70th anniversary of C-Type)

 

Entry is possible either by invitation or application, and this world-class Concours positions itself as being equally attainable for both international collectors and local collectors with their own exceptional vehicles.

The team behind Auto Royale is uniquely positioned to give this new event everything it needs to succeed because they themselves are true classic car enthusiasts. Event founders Paul Mathers and Ben Guynan, along with Chief Curator Jarrah Venables, have a depth and breadth of automotive experience that ensures this spectacular new event’s success.

Paul’s love of cars stretches back as long as he can remember. An event management specialist, he is the founder of the multiple award-winning Motorclassica in Australia; an event he managed for more than ten years in a portfolio that also included the National 4x4 Outdoors Show and the Australian Motorcycle Expo. 

Ben Guynan brings more than 25 years’ experience across international media brands, commercial partnerships, advertising, events and commercial business for some of the most recognised magazines and websites in the motorsport and classic motoring markets, while Jarrah Venables has more than 15 years of professional experience in the motorsport and collectors’ car industries.

Paul Mathers: “Auto Royale isn’t what you have come to expect from traditional Concours events. It is a new, bold and genuinely exciting concept that aims to shake-up the Concours culture and draw in a whole new community of automotive enthusiasts.

The team and I are incredibly excited to be launching this Concours in 2021, and I know all those who attend will have the chance to see some of the most remarkable and important coachbuilt cars ever created.” 

For more information about Auto Royale, to buy tickets, or to offer your car for consideration in the Concours, please visit: https://autoroyale.org/

Best of Show: 1937 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Touring Berlinetta

COMPLETE LIST OF 2018 WINNERS CONCOURS D'ELEGANCE PEBBLE BEACH 2018

BEST OF SHOW

1937 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Touring Berlinetta
David & Ginny Sydorick, Beverly Hills, California

Best of Show Nominees

1929 Duesenberg J Murphy Town Limousine
Lehrman Collection, Palm Beach, Florida

1948 Talbot-Lago T26 Grand Sport Figoni Fastback Coupé
Robert Kudela, Chropyně, Czech Republic

Lancia Astura serie 2 special castagna 1933

Results 2017 Concours d'Elegance Paleis het Loo:

BEST OF SHOW: Ton Meijer, Lancia Astura serie 2 special Castagna 1933

Junior Award: Alex van Mozer, Ferrari 250GT Lusso Touring Superleggera

2nd in Class: Davey Michiels, Alfa Romeo 1900 C SS 1957

1st in Class: Fam. Schouwenburg, Alfa Romeo 1900 C SS 1955

Special Coachwork prewar

2nd in Class: Edward Summers Rolls Royce Phantom 1 dual cowl tourer 1924

1st in Class: Ton Meijer, Lancia Astura serie 2 special Castagna 1933 

Special coachwork postwar

2nd in Class: Tjeerd van den Berg, Cisitalia SC Stabilimenti Farina 1948

1st in Class: Jan de Reu, Fiat 8V Rapi 1953

Les Reine de la route

2nd in Class: Andries Jans, Delahaye 135 MS Pennock 1948

1st in Class: Benno Schmitz, Citroen Traction Avant 7C Roadster 1935

70 years of Ferrari

2nd in Class: Martien Kooijmans, Ferrari 166 Inter 1949

1st in Class: Henk Koel, Ferrari 250 GT SWB 1960 (competizione)

70 years of Ferrari (2)

2nd in Class: Henk Koel, Ferrari 275 GTB/4 1967

1st in Class: Guus Bierman, Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona spider 1973

Japan

2nd in Class: Jacques Albers, Toyota 800 Sports 1965

1st in Class: Henri Nederveen, Honda S800 Coupe 1968

Gentemen’s Sportscars 60’s

2nd in Class: Ernest Knoors, Aston Martin DBS 6 Vantage, 1968

1st in Class: Henk Stoel, Jaguar E-type FHC 1962

British Open

2nd in Class: dhr Pleune, Daimler SP 250 Cabriolet 1963

1st in Class: Roderick Eijsbouts, Jaguar XK 140 OTS 1956

90 years of Volvo

2nd in Class: Wim van Sambeerk, Volvo PV52 1937

1st in Class: Stoffel Mulier, Volvo Amazon Cabrio Jacques Coune 1962

 

Masterpieces 2017 PARTICIPATING CARS. An impressive list with coachbuilder names like James Young, Hooper, Dietrich, Reuter, Jaray, Vanvooren, Fantuzzi, Vignale, Pininfarina, Zagato, Giugiaro, Fissore, Bertone, Van den Plas.

 

Masterpieces is a seclusive gathering of collectors and connoisseurs on the orangery-peninsula at Dyck Castle, showing the visual magic of Coachbuilding. The concours has an international jury of experts and only 65 selected cars which are allowed to participate after careful selection. The originality of the cars, their style and design and their majesty – often nearly completely untouched cars – is the focus. Masterpieces is a competition of Elegance in the Park.

More info: masterpieces-and-style.com
Dates: 7 - 9 July 2017
Location: Schloss Dyck, Juechen, Germany

Concours d’Elégance Paleis Het Loo 2017: het grootste klassiekerfeest van Nederland vindt plaats op 1+2 juli 2017.
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