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Vintage cars en masse

And I only picked 44 photos – the Donau Classic Oldtimer-Rallye 2009 in Ingolstadt and the surrounding area featured 190 cars from 1928 to 19841. On Saturday afternoon, they had to drive a small round course in Pfaffenhofen’s city center, including my street. I concentrated mostly on the older cars for my photos because I think they are more interesting than those from the 70s and 80s.

In this post I’m only showing a selection of the selection; all 44 photos are available on Flickr, e.g. as set overview and as slideshow.

(The cars’ specifications are taken from the official start list.)

The oldest one, a Bentley 4,5 ltr. open from 1928:

Alvis Speed 20 (1935):

BMW 600 “Rennsemmel” (=”Racing bread-roll”) (1959):

Riley TT spezial (1936):

Hudson Big Six Sedan (1935):

Josef Kulzer Fiat Kulzer Spezial (1940):

Horch 930 V Cabrio (1939):

This “Pi” looks funny, but the start list is wrong here, since this silver Porsche certainly is no black-red Ferrari:

DKW F 89 L (1953) – not much beer left…:

MG A 1500 MK I (1959) – The almost drove straight ahead without going their rounds… [Insert joke about blondes.]
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Fiat 500 (1973):

Front: Jaguar XK 120 SE OTS (1953), back: Triumph TR 4A / IRS (1967):

That’s the end of this selection of a selection – as I said, there’s more on Flickr: set overview, slideshow.

  1. well, 3 new ones (2008) before and after the actual rallye were also on the course []

Projekt 52 week 12: Childhood memories (part 1)

The topic of week 12 in Sari’s photo Projekt 52:

Childhood memories

Well, this of course also means toys, and in my case especially Lego! I never cared much about the age specification, ;) though with the years it became more and more like “construct → let it stand somewhat like a model → reconstruct”, without playing with it in other ways – and at one point, of course, “deconstruct and put away”.

But not everything: My favorite series always were the blue space ships with yellow windowsm and in various shapes, a collection of bricks survived the times, for some years now in a combination of which this shows some detail:

12: Childhood memories (1)

Week 12: Childhood memories (1)

A Lego spaceship in closeup – who wants can imagine about the brave commander, ready to fly his space cruiser out of the space station’s dock (bright as the background is, this can’t be in empty space), on to new adventures… but to me in later years, such stories were irrelevant, it was just about the construction of the ships…

The attentive reader will have noticed the “part 1” in the title – that’s right, in a few days, part 2 will follow with an early favorite garment of mine which is at my parents’ whom I’ll visit at easter…

Update: » Here’s part 2.

The Lego brick is 50

I with a Lego box 1958, the Lego brick has been invented in its modern shape, patented on January 28 – and still compatible with those from today, they say (lacking such bricks, I couldn’t verify that myself…).

To celebrate this day, the Lego shop offers an exclusive town set, unfortunately with 23 pieces too much or 27 too few (that is, 1981), for “Ages: 12+”, so also for “children of the first hour”, if you will. :)

» Wikipedia article

Even Google is doodling nicely:
Google doodle Lego

So “play well”*, everybody! :mrgreen:

Addendum: A nice timeline and several curiosities and numbers at Gizmodo.

* as is well known, the name “Lego” originates from “leg godt”, Danish for “play well.