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Den Haag here we come!

Second Pan European conference for automotive history

 

At the last weekend in March 2019 the meeting point for automotive historians was the Louwman museum in Den Haag, Netherlands. The Louwman museum was host to the conference organized by Anders Ditlev Clausager and me. On Friday 29. we met for an informal evening dinner in a Restaurant with a lot of participants.

In the Morning of Saturday the 30. of March the conference began in the Toyoda room. 114 participants filled the room.

 

 

The first speaker was Ronald Kooyman, the general manager of the Louwman museum. He gave a short lecture about the museum. How the Louwman collection developed and the thinking in the construction of the museum building.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After Ronald Kooyman, Pal Negyesi from Hungary spoke about

„How the Motor museum saw the car“ The history of motor

Museums in Germany and Austria.

 

 

                                                                                                                                         

 

 

 

 

 

                                                       

 

 

                                                                                                                                                                             

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                                           The next speaker was Richard Keller, the conservateur                                                                                                                              en Chef of the Musée National de ´l  Automobile who spoke                                                                                                                              about „The Mulhouse Museum and the Schlumpf Collection.“

 

 

 

Nesbosja Dordevic from Belgrade, Serbia spoke about the

 Belgrad Sportscar race, 3. September 1939.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                                          

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                                          

 

                                                                                                                           After the break, which followed,                                                                                                                            Kate Olcott Sullivan from from the                                                                                                                            University of Edinborough talked about                                                                                                                              "Transnational Heritage Preservation and 

                                                                                                                           Automobile Appreciation"

 

Dr. Fons Alkemade spoke about Conam, the Dutch automotive

historians club and the NCAD, the Dutch Centre for

Automotive History Documentation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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                                                                                                                             The last speech before the lunch break was from                                                                                                                                                                    Dutch, Wil Ebers.„WhatShall We Do With Our Archives“

                                                                                                                              That theme caused quite a lot of discussions even during the 

                                                                                                                              Lunch break

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                                              

                                                                                                                              

 

 

                                                                                                                              

                                                                                                                            

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After Lunch, Monique Chapelle from the Berliet Foundation

talked about Paul Berliet, an Entrepreneur without borders.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                                        

                                                                                                                          This was followed by Karl Ludvigsen, who spoke about.                                                                                                                                          Ferdinand  Porsche, Master of Mechatricity. Porsche’s inventions 

                                                                                                                          and early forrais into Petrol Electric vehicles

 

 

 

                                                                                                                         

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                                        

 

                                                                                                                         

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Elton „Skip“ McGoun from the Uslecturde about „Late to the Party:

HowUS Auto Makers Countered European Sports Cars in the 1950s“.

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                                         This was followed with „Egon Brütsch and his Minicars“ from 

                                                                                                                         Tobias Baldus, a student from Berlin.

 

 

                                                                                                                        

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                                        

 

 

 

 

 

Professor Patrick Fridenson from Paris spoke about

„The Renault 4" of 1961 and Citroën‘s Reaction.

 

 

 

  

 

                                                                                                                                 The last speech of the day came from Professor Alessandro  Silva                                                                                                                                  from Milan, Italy, who spoke about the „Maserati Four- Cylinder                                                                                                                                    Racing and Sports cars 1932 - 49.

In the evening we met in a Restaurant nearby the Museum. With a nice meal and Beer and Wine everyone had the opportunity to speak to each other.

                                                                                                                                     

                                                                                                                                     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                                               

 

 

 

On Sunday morning we met half an hour later in the Louwman Museum and the beginning was with:

 

Dr. Paul Nieuwenhuis from Britain with „Ford, Budd and the origins

of Maß Production“

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                                               The Dane Jens Moller Nicolaisen was next with „Citroen

                                                                                                                                a multinational European car maker".

 

 

 

He was followed by Dr. Gundulam Tutt with „Artificial Leather Materials and their use in Vehicles, History and Production".

 

 

                                                                                                                               

 

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

 

                                                                                                                              

 

 

He was followed by Dr. Gundulam Tutt with „Artificial Leather Materials and their use in Vehicles, History and Production".

  After a short coffee break the last three speeches followed.

 

  Jeroen Booij told us about „The Italien

  „Carozzeria“BMC Mini and 1100 Cars.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

                                                  .                                                                                Stefan Dierkes followed with „Three decades of                                                                                                                                     European GT oupes, coachbuilt by Pietro Frua.

 

  

 

The last but not least speaker was Peter Moss with his very Personal „Beauty in Cars, what makes a Good looking Car?                                                                                                                                                       S .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                                                       

                                                                                                                             

 

 

 

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All in all those where two very exciting days. For Anders and me, we now could see how our work came to a very interesting end. It seemed that everyone enjoyed themselves very much and listened to very interesting and varying speeches.

 

Our biggest thanks is going to Ronald Kooyman as director of the Louwman museum and Evert Louwman for being so grateful hosts to the Second  European Conference for Automotive History.

The planning for the next, the third conference has already begun. The date is not set, yet the third conference will be held in the Museo Nazionale dell'Automobile in Torino Italy. It will be either in the endof next year or in spring 2021.

All in all those where two very exciting days. For Anders and me, we now could see how our work came to a very interesting end. It seemed that everyone enjoyed themselves very much and listened to very interesting and varying speeches.

 

Our biggest thanks is going to Ronald Kooyman as director of the Louwman museum and Evert Louwman for being so grateful hosts to the Second  European Conference for Automotive History.

The planning for the next, the third conference has already begun. The date is not set, yet the third conference will be held in the Museo Nazionale dell'Automobile in Torino Italy. It will be either in the endof next year or in spring 2021.

The Joswin in the Louwman Museum would be my car

Michael Graf Wolff Metternich

Michael Graf Wolff Metternich, one of the most known automobile historians in Germany, died on February 14th in his home in his 98th  year.

He was born on 21.Juli 1920 and even as a boy he began to collect Automobilia. His first car was a Bugatti, but as this was in 1940 , he had to stop driving and becoming a soldier. From 1945 – 1949 he was prisoner of war with the Russians.  In 1954 he married Baroness Ingmarie von Ritter zu Groensteyn and in 1958 he became the proud father of Bosco  Graf Wolff Metternich. In 1962 Michael began to collect together with his friend Richard von Frankenberg old cars, because they thought about making a German Automobile Museum. During this time he bought his Maybach and developed more than a soft spot for this make. He founded the Maybach club and was for quite a long time the president of the club. He was also an active member of the Allgemeiner Schnauferl Club (Germanys oldest car club). Later he began writing his first articles for German automobile magazines and also the first of several Maybach books. In 1997 he founded with Hans Otto Neubauer the AHG (Automobilhistorische Gesellschaft) the German club for automotive historians. They both wrote the essential book “Sie bauten Autos”, which describes more than one hundred German speaking automobile engineers from 1885 until 1945. The last book he wrote was “Maybach und der Motorsport”, (Maybach and the motorsport) it was published in 2009.

He was always very helpful and if someone researched in a topic and asked him for help, he was the last one to say no.

He always took part at the meetings of the AHG and as he became to old to do longer journeys the AHG  developed  the ”Metternichtage” a meeting which was and will be always in spring. The first one was near his home and he held there a very interesting speech about his (car )live.  In 2016 he came to the Metternichtage at Ober Ramstadt where he gave an very interesting speech about Arnold Zoller, his cars, engines and of course superchargers. Last year he came too, but gave no speech. Mentally he seemed  as young as ever.

I met him personally the first time in 1999 and he was always a nice charming ma, who could tell interesting stories of cars he passengered in his childhood. As he came from a well situated family he had plenty of family members driving interesting cars.  Steiger, Mercedes SS and others and so he was a mine of information.

With him the German automotive historians lost the person who gave the German car history a home.

 

TThe AHG will hold his name in honour with the “Metternich Tage”

Michael Graf Wolff Metternich in Ober Ramstadt 2016

Photo: Wolfgang Blaube