How daring we were then, we just parked the car in the Galerie, and then in the Rue des Bouchers, right in the pedestrian zone (!)
When writing the report about the new Panda, I told you about the photos I took of the original Panda in the Brussels Galerie de la Reine, and yes indeed, I delved into my archives.
I did not have to search for long, as I have all my black at white negatives neatly filed per subject. So I put them through the scanner and show them here.
The lines of the original Panda still look modern and clean after more than 30 years...
It is indeed a voyage through time: the pictures were taken with my old Nikkormat and a very good Nikkor 24 mm lens, which never missed a beat and took thousands of good photos. In these days, I developed all my Kodak Tri-X films myself, and of course had my very own darkroom. A very time consuming business it was, but o so interesting and rewarding. The photos still come out very well, and the negatives still look as they were developed yesterday. By the way, I still have the camera, and it is still in pristine condition too.
I will make a picture of the Nikkormat soon, and show you it in our camera section.
This year, we celebrate also the 50th anniversary of the Giulia,
and I will write more about it, and show you some historical photos.
I parked the Panda alongside the restaurant Armes de Bruxelles in the Rue des Bouchers, and just asked one of the waiters to act loading the car with the plants of the restaurant!
I vividly remember driving this car, I drove it with my father and my nephew as a teenager to the Italian Grand Prix in Monza, where Jochen Rindt was killed… this was on the 5th of
September 1970 in Monza.
We had just arrived in Monza with the 1600 Alfa Giulia Super on that Saturday afternoon, and we heard of the fatal accident when accrediting for our passes.
By the way, the race was won the next day by Clay Reggazoni in his Marlboro Ferrari, the Lotus team having retired. I still have a photo which my father took of the Alfa, my nephew and myself, but here I do not have a negative, so I have to search for the original photo…
Back to more modern times. Last week I drove the astonishing Mercedes 250 ML BlueTEC, and what an impressive and economical car it proved to be. This photo is of course taken with the Nikon D3100, at 25 mm (37 mm at 35 mm equivalent), 400 ASA, 1/640 sec at F 13.
The fuel gauge of the Mercedes just refused to go down, even after 500 km of mixed (town) traffic it only stood half way. The global test consumption was a mere 5.8 litres on 100 km, where we have to admit that we drove it mostly in “ECO” mode with the suspension settings on comfort, just enjoying the ride. But the car is equipped with an array of new chassis developments and innovative dynamic handling control systems which further enhance both driving enjoyment and handling safety… put the suspension selector in the sports mode and the car is truly transformed. Read more about this in the test report, which will appear soon…
Last but not least, awaiting the full-electric Fluence, we drove the Renault Koleos, which proved its worth in these snowy road conditions. A test report will also follow on these columns…just look how good the car looks at dusk, and how beautiful winter light can be.
Hans Knol ten Bensel