John Surtees. 1967 Eifelrennen. F2 Lola T100.
We stumbled upon a selection of rather intriguing photos of French photographer Renaud Marion. ‘Air Drive’ is the appropriate name for the set of photos that includes a range of classic cars floating in the air. Clearly, it took a long time to photoshop the cars to absolute perfection; all cars have lost their wheels and had their wheel arches filled up. The original designers of the cars would probably have liked their cars to look like this, sleek and to the point. Disposing of wheels, those practical but, ultimately, aesthetically (not to mention aerodynamically) cumbersome and obstructive elements that automotive design has to accomodate for. On some cars the novel shapes, smooth as they are, create an inimitable sense of litheness. What has been created are, in a sense, the automotive equivalents of Aladdin’s flying carpet. Simply put, the photographer has added a sense of fantasy to a practical good. Though, it is hardly a novel fantasy, flying cars have fascinated designers and artists alike for many years. More on TheRetromobilist here: Photography: Air Drive - Renaud Marion
The 1966’XJ13 during its reconstruction at abbey panels after crash at MIRA track. A meticulous ressurection, facilitated by the original wooden models.