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Here’s the gallery presenting all objects that we were allowed to photograph. The factory itself has a 100% picture prohibition. 🙁
Before I started my own blogging and video creation, I used my stories to support other blogs. The criteria to choose one was always very simple – I wanted to write for the blogs I was reading with pleasure.
One of those blogs was and still is – despite the number of years that went by – an American blog called Curbside Classics.
Authors concentrate on regular cars. Ones that you can spot in countless locations across the world.
I read Curbside Classic since before it became a separate blog, as I started reading the posts of Paul Niedermayer when he was publishing on another American blog – TTAC.com
For Curbside Classic I prepared a text about BMW’s first 8-Series. Enjoy!
BMW Welt is… a strange kind of animal. 😉
Let’s analyze the beast.
A showroom for all BMW Group brands? Check!
A shopping mall? Check!
A posh delivery facility for new cars? Check!
A conference center? Check!
A huge car park that serves the needs of
We went together thru the halls and exhibitions of
Hope you enjoyed it.
Now it is time to walk again. Nearly a decade later. In October of 2018.
Some thing are as they were nine years ago. Some are new.
In its long history, Volkswagen created many important pieces of the automotive landscape.
To make long story short, let’s count together:
- It all started with “the Bug” and two well-known gentlemen. Mr Porsche and Mr Hitler. The history of the KdF – a VW predecessor, is very interesting and not very popular outside of Bug-lovers, which seems to be the perfect excuse to write it here one day.
- After the WW2 it is the Brits we need to thank for rebuilding the VW factory and releasing the Bug in shape and form we know and love for years. Some of us actually hate it, but we will not go this route…
- The T1, aka Transporter, aka Hippies Van is born. Drawn by the Dutchmen on a napkin. A story that seems to be repeating in the automotive industry nearly as frequently, as the garage plays the part in Silicone Valley startup’s journey.
- The VW is on its last legs, nearly dying under the corporate laziness.
- Then comes the Passat, Scirocco and finally – Volkswagen’s opus magnum – the Golf. In 1976 it set the standard for a compact car. The standard we see today on every corner of every street. Neither VW nor Mr Farina invented the hatchback, but it is they who made it into the industry standard. Before the Golf we had the British ADO, French Simca 1100 and much, much earlier, a Citroen Traction Avant that sported the hatch. But more on that later.
80’s? I don’t care…
- … 90’s? I think – you don’t care…
- … Tiguan or Touareg? – nobody really cares…
Let’s skip some numbers and focus on one of THE BIGGEST achievements of a VW corporation.
This achievement is not a car, but a building. Or, in more detail, an entire group of futuristic buildings located right by the VW’s Wolfsburg factory.
It is The Autostadt.
One of the best places to learn the history and diversity of
An eclectic collection of cars and vans, that show how much and how fast has the car evolved since the early 1900s.
The gallery you’re about to watch, contains the pictures taken by my friend Michael.
In stark contrast to myself – he knows what he’s doing and has proper photographic equipment as well as some experience.
I, on the other hand, don’t.
Don’t have most of those things and… don’t really care.
Car pictures for me are to be consumed the way we see cars everyday. In traffic, parked by the curb or in total neglect. Dirt, dust and scratches are very welcome, as they usually tell some stories. And that’s why I love pictures taken with my smartphone or simple point-and-shoot camera.
The classic car show is the last place on Earth, where you can find anything else than “garage-queens”.
My second trip to BMW Museum –
Nearly a decade went by since that day. Who’d thought that I will keep returning to this place so frequently…
Notice one thing…
When BMW is introducing a new model to the market, they always put it to their museum, but only as a clay model. In October of 2010 that “fresh as a daisy”, brand spanking new car from BMW was… a 1-Series
Today, this very car is slowly moving from a “frequently abused, used car” category, into the “sought-after and value-gaining youngtimer” realm.
As I visited BMW Museum again in November of 2018, the “model in clay” was the brand new 3-Series. Without planning to do so, I saw it in clay on the same day it was presented to the public at Paris Motor Show.
But that’s a completely different story…
People say that the size of men’s toys grows along with his age. 😀
I am the living proof it is not always the case
A beautiful addition to my die-cast collection purchased today at British Motor Museum.
Will show you more of my “toys for big boys” soon, but just for fun – take a look at my most recent loot…
Another part of British Motor Museum – their reserve collection.
More-less the cars that are not “worthy” (or ready yet) to be the part of a main exhibition, but are valuable enough to be kept safe for the future.
To be brutally honest, I was much, much happier wandering between those, than watching some exhibits in the main building.
The way these cars are, well… stored, has nothing to do with “a proper exhibition”. And just because of that, it is a brilliant experience.
You still need to follow the basic rules, like “look but don’t touch” et cetera, but you are so close to those cars, and you have such a fantastic, intimate contact with them, that it is an experience you will remember for years.