Newsletter 08/2018

Dear classic car friends,

While the whole classic car scene is buzzing with activity and every weekend is a busy weekend, this is the ideal moment to sit down and take a look back at a selection of classic car events that we participated in over the past months.

In this Newsletter:

  • 30 years of Marreyt Classics activity - Part I: the "Bijgaardse Mobielen Companie"
  • Another successful Mille Miglia, countless events in Belgium and abroad, and of course... Pebble Beach!
  • Stock update

30 years of Marreyt Classics activity - Part I: the "Bijgaardse Mobielen Companie"

This year will be a year of celebration, as exactly thirty years ago Bernard Marreyt founded Marreyt Classics!
It doesn't seem that long ago: the years have simply flown by, and this is all thanks to the fascinating classic car adventures that we've had along the way, together with all of you.
In each newsletters we will tell you some of these captivating stories as we guide you through the history of Marreyt Classics, from the early beginnings to where we are today.

"Believe me, writing down the title of this item for my newsletter leaves me dazzled!
Because these 30 years have just flown by. Still today I can feel the excitement when starting up my Marreyt Classics company in 1988.
I realise now it was a big step for me at the age of 33, swapping my profession as microbiologist at the VUB University Hospital in Brussels to become a self-employed classic car specialist. But to me it felt as a very natural move.

Since childhood, cars have always been in my life.
Growing up in a village very close to Brussels, Groot-Bijgaarden, I witnessed the boom of the automobile. I was only 5 when my father bought his first car (a 1960 Panhard PL17) and so did most of the neighbours, which opened a whole new world of gleaming body styles, intriguing dashboards and mechanical performances.
This fascinating new world of various motorcars could be studied in detail by just riding my bike in my home village. Very soon I started dreaming of becoming an automobile constructor as well.
I sketched plans while I was supposed to do my homework for school and successively I started the construction in our garden shed when I enjoyed school holidays.
The axles came from an old pram, the chassis was constructed in wooden planks, the steering consisted of a rope and the engine... Well, that was a friend who had to push me.
The pavement of the neighbourhood became my test-track of which the downhill section at the end of the street provided the strongest sensations.
Two models were in production "Lightning" and "Thunder" and several evolutions of each model were created. "Lightning 7" was my favourite one, mostly because I managed to find 1/2 a pot of baby blue paint exactly the same colour as the Bluebird speed record car of my hero Donald Campbell.
Sadly no photographs were made of those soap boxes but I still have the sign which I nailed on the garden shed door: BMC for Bijgaardse Mobielen Companie.
An automobile entrepreneur had started!"

Another successful Mille Miglia, countless events in Belgium and abroad, and of course... Pebble Beach!

The Marreyt Classics & Twin Cam team is always on the move, travelling all around Europe and even further to help classic car lovers live their passion to the fullest.

An annual tradition is to support a number of teams during "the most beautiful race in the world", the Mille Miglia. When driving from Brescia to Rome and back with sixty-, seventy- or even eighty-year-old cars, the assistance of a team of skilled mechanics can come in handy!

A smile always helps when guiding a car through scrutineering. No problem however for this Fiat 508C which drove the Mille Miglia in 1938, 1940, 1947 and 1948!

You - yes, you! - could be driving around that roundabout in this authentic ex-Mille Miglia Fiat 1100/103 next year! After having driven the Mille Miglia in 1956 and 1957 and six times since 2011, it's just waiting for you to drive the 2019 edition!

Burning the midnight oil to get this 1952 Parisotto back on the road to Rome.

Smiling faces at the finish! Happy but tired after 1600 km aboard a 1935 MG PB.

If you would like to experience this Italian adventure next year, take a look at our stock update below! Next to the ex-Mille Miglia Fiat 1100/103, we also have Kieft "LDA5" in stock, which was entered for the 1956 edition of the Mille Miglia - and many more historic races!

But there isn't just the Mille Miglia in life, almost every weekend there's an opportunity somewhere to enjoy classic cars:

Luc driving the one-off 1955 Lancia Aurelia B55 Beutler at the Nieuwpoort Drivers Days

When a concours is located next to a race track, it's the ideal opportunity to show what these cars were made for! Even though it's not a race car, the Cisitalia 505DF did feel perfectly at home on the Zolder race track.

Two years after winning Best of Show at the Coppa Classic Concours, the Iso Grifo was invited to take part in a Masterclass, reuniting all winners of previous years.

To celebrate 70 years of the Jaguar XK engine, the Jaguar XK Club organised a festival at Shelsley Walsh. The pilgrimage to the hillclimb brought this unique Jaguar XK120 by Brussels-based coachbuilder Martial Oblin to magnificent places such as Blenheim Palace.

2018 also marks the 90th anniversary of Alvis' Le Mans class win in the 1500cc class with their famous Front Wheel Drive. We brought "WK5492" to Le Mans Classic's Heritage Club, and drove this legendary car on the race track where it wrote history!

Looking backwards gives a very rewarding feeling, but sometimes what's ahead is even nicer. Two of our cars are on their way to the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elégance as we speak! Both our 1953 Hudson Italia Prototype and our 1961 Maserati 3500GT will compete in what is without a doubt our favourite concours class: the Preservation Class!

Stock update

The following exquisite cars have arrived in our showroom since our last newsletter:

Rolls-Royce Phantom I Tourer by Hooper ex-Maharaja - 1926

Fiat 508C Barchetta by Bidée - 1937

Kieft "LDA5" ex-Le Mans & ex-Mille Miglia - 1953

Fiat 1100/103 ex-Mille Miglia - 1953

Alfa Romeo 1900 CSS by Touring (ex-Pebble Beach) - 1954

Alfa Romeo 2600 Spider by Touring - 1963

Lancia Flaminia GT 2.8 3C by Touring (1 of 168 ex.) - 1967

Porsche 912 Soft Window Targa - 1968

Ferrari Dino 308 GT4 - 1975

Warm greetings,

Bernard Marreyt & Luc Swerts and team

Marreyt Classics & Twin Cam

Victor Bocquéstraat 15
9300 Aalst
Tel: +32 (0)53 63 12 33

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