The Fate of the Sleeping Beauties

The Fate of the Sleeping Beauties
Format: Hardback, 160 Pages
ISBN: 9781845840709
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The ‘Sleeping Beauties’ – an array of neglected Bugattis, Lancias, Ferraris, Alfa Romeos, Cords and Aston Martins on a rural French estate – have fascinated car lovers worldwide since 1983, when they were immortalized in a sequence of photographs taken by Herbert W. Hesselmann. For 25 years, the full story behind the collection and its fate  has remained untold – until now.

The author

Ard op de Weegh is a school principal in Arnhem. His father had a fascination with cars, which he passed on to his son, and Ard is very proud to also have a son who shares this passion. Ard began looking into the fate of the 'Sleeping BeautiesÆ when one of his teachers, who was fond of the Alfa 6C2500 Competizione of Dovaz, said shortly before he died that he had planned to research the collection. When the teacher passed away, Ard started to investigate, at first with his son Arnoud, and since December 2006 with Kay Hottendorff, too.

From a very young age Ard op de Weegh was already obsessed with cars, visiting showrooms and car events with his father to see the most beautiful cars ever built. Becoming addicted to the heady mixture of gasoline and oil, as he grew older his love for the automobile continued to grow. In 2008, he wrote his first automotive book, together with his son Arnoud, to whom he has passed on his love of cars. Father and son have traveled around Europe for many years, seeking out the most beautiful cars, and have discovered some extraordinary barn finds. They like to share these discoveries with other car enthusiasts around the world, and many of their finds are featured in their book The Fate of the Sleeping Beauties, also published by Veloce.

Arnoud op de Weegh inherited his love of cars from his father, Ard, with whom he has co-authored this book. Arnoud is a true enthusiast for classic cars, and his particular passion is for pre-war cars.

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Format: Hardback, 160 Pages
ISBN: 9781845840709
Illustrations: 261 color & 16 b-w ill
Size: 8 in x 10 in x 0.75 in / 203.2 mm x 254 mm x 19.05 mm

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