Flanders Collection Car 2011
Nice warm-up for the Retromobile showThe last weekend of January, the nice city of Gent took lots of visitors , some even making a long ride from France, to visit the Flanders Collection Car Show at the Flanders Expo in Gent.
On the contrary to last year, when the Flanders Collection Car show took place after the Retromobile show in Paris, this year the organisers decided to plan the show before the french event. Well, we could consider this as a great warm-up, and some great cars showed up too , in the flemish city. A great collection of Rolls-Royces, Bentley's and Aston-Martins. Among the beauties in the exhibition, there was the Aston Martin DB4 Zagato and aLagonda Trickford (ex Sultan of Oman).
People visit the event for different reasons. Some just stop by as a general vintage car lover, to admire them. Others are looking for a specific part or buy a car. Toys and collectible miniatures are sold in great lots , sometimes you can even find a real rare one. And ofcourse it's always great to see some old friends. This year, even former prime-minister of Belgium Guy Verhofstadt, a notorious Italian vintage car lover, was spotted at the Flanders Collection Cars.
But of course, we went there to see what the show would bring us on the vintage Porsche front. It is becoming clear, that the Porsche 911 , which already was a great classic, even becomes more important as a vintage car, as more and more of the Porsche 911 generations seem to have found their way on the vintage car market. After all, that's for lots of people the only car they noticed (and still notice) on the streets as a daily-driver. And I think it's a great step-inn as this probably encourages the true enthusiasts to go down in the Zufffenhause sportscar manufacturers history , to keep the heritage alive by buying Porsches 356 and even the rare racers from the 50s and 60s.
Text : Tim Havermans
Pictures : Wilfried Geerts