Fandango’s Friday Flashback • Celebrities Cars

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Fandango’s Friday Flashback • Celebrities Cars. I’ve not been a blogger nearly long enough to be able to go a year back. So this re-post of ‘Cee’s Fun Photo Challenge’ on #FFF is from September, 2019.

Re-reading it I was suddenly remembered that this was meant to be work-in-progress, so a first update is now high on my to-do list. Here’s the original post:

Celebrities cars • Cee’s Fun Photo Challenge

Celebrities cars. Cee’s Fun Photo Challenge. This challenge caught my attention immediately. The chance to show some of my collection of photos of 1960s & 1970s celebrities cars. Let me start by saying that I can only dream of having taken these photos. I started collecting them of a global Facebook group called ‘Theo’s classic cars friends’ some time ago, as they just leaped of my Mac (I can recommend this group to every classic car lover) and it just grew.

Every photo of celebrities cars has a story. Wherever possible I included as much of the stories I could find. Obviously, this will be work in progress, so do check in from time to time…

The Moon | Ferrari story as told by James Harold Sapienza

Keith Moon and part of his collection, including a wrecked Ferrari Dino
Source photo: Getty Images

If the ’70s were the decade for sex, drugs, and rock and roll, few people practiced it as religiously as Keith Moon, the drummer for The Who. Widely credited with perfecting rock star cliches like trashing hotel rooms, driving luxury cars into swimming pools, and destroying his drums on stage every night, Moon partied harder than just about anybody. He ended up paying dearly for it too — he died at age 32 in 1977. Here’s Moon in 1972 with daughter Mandy and an array of his cars. There are three Rolls-Royces, a Mercedes-Benz 350SLC, Bucket-T Ford hot rod, a 1930s Chrysler, a hovercraft, and a Ferrari Dino.  He famously gave the keys to the Ferrari to a group of teenagers at his local pub and forgot about it — until he found the car wrecked in a ditch while stumbling home drunk.

Brigitte Bardot. Car unknown to me

Brigitte Bardot

The Hemingway | Chrysler story as told by Marcello Stella

Ernest Hemingway in Italy with his 1959 Lancia Flaminia 2.5
Source photo: Marcello Stella
Hemingway’s 1955 Chrysler New Yorker De Luxe Convertible, or what was left of it before restoration, Havana, Cuba
Source photo: Marcello Stella

Ernest Hemingway spent much of his life in Cuba: starting in 1939, for more than 15 years, albeit with several interruptions. On the island, he wrote The Old Man and the Sea, with which he won the Pulitzer Prize in 1953 and the Nobel Prize the following year. Also in Cuba, Hemingway started For Whom the Bell Tolls and made famous cocktails like the Mojito and the Daiquiri. The American writer also left one of his cars on the island, a 1955 Chrysler New Yorker De Luxe Convertible: the restoration of the car became the subject of a documentary. It is a car that, thanks to its illustrious owner, has great historical value, but at the time of its discovery, which occurred recently, its conditions were not good. In fact, it had stood still and abandoned for over half a century. But there was no money for the restoration and finding original parts was very difficult. At this point, David Soul came on the scene, known for playing Ken Hutch in the TV series Starsky & Hutch. The actor is a big fan of Hemingway and, thanks to the British passport in his possession, he had traveled to Cuba many times, becoming a friend of the director of the museum dedicated to the writer. Who asked him for help. Thanks to the magazine Practical Classics, Soul came in touch with Andy Bernbaum, supplier of original Chrysler parts, also a big Hemingway fan. Then, with the help of some sponsors, the restoration became really possible.

The Jagger | Morgan story as told by James Harold Sapienza

Mick Jagger in his 1971 Morgan
Mick Jagger in his Morgan, 1971
Source photo: Getty Images

In the early ’70s, Mick Jagger and The Rolling Stones were at the top of their powers. On top of jet-setting and selling out arenas around the world, they were recording seminal albums like Sticky Fingers and Exile on Main St. Somewhere between all of that, Mick was able to vacation in the south of France. Here he is behind the wheel of a Morgan, a wood-framed, British-built sports car. Aside from an interruption during World War II, the Morgan has been in constant production since 1936. Amazingly, the modern Morgan isn’t all that different from Mick’s car here.

Janis Joplin and her psychedelic 1964 Porsche 356

‘I met a girl who sang the blues
and I asked her for some happy news
but she just smiled and turned away’
Don McLean, American Pie

Janis Joplin’s 1964 psychedelic Porsche 356
Source photo: Marcello Stella
Again, Janis Joplin and her Porsche 356

The Bowie | Mercedes story as told by Marcello Stella

David Bowie and his 1967 Mercedes 600 Landaulet in Berlin, 1976.
Source photo: Marcello Stella

West Berlin, Cold War Era, 1976. David Bowie lived in a flat close to the Wall, together with Iggy Pop, Brian Eno and Lou Reed. Of that period he remembers being constantly high on drugs. One night he found himself in a hotel garage, his foot jammed on the gas of a black 1967 Mercedes Benz 600 Landaulet, racing around in circles at lunatic speed. Then he decided to let the steering go and end his life crashing at full speed into a garage “wall”. But just as he did so, the Mercedes ran out of petrol and spluttered to a standstill. “Oh God,” he said to himself, “this is the story of my life!” Yet he was wrong. Because instead of running on empty, Bowie wrote a harrowing confessional song called “Always Crashing In The Same Car”. Instead of dying at his peak, he would pick up the shattered pieces of his mind and distill them into the three most cathartic, influential, and magical albums of his career: “Low”, “Heroes” and “Lodger”. And instead of becoming just another ’70s Rock casualty, Bowie would fuse British Punk with Kraut Electronica, black magic with white noise, amphetamine psychosis with spiritual healing. As a by-product of this process, starting from a potential car crash, he would accidentally invent in West Berlin the future of Rock and Roll.

Clint Eastwood and his Jaguar XK150

Clint Eastwood and his Jaguar XK150
Those bloody British…none of my tools fit!
Peter Fonda and a Mercedes 300SEL 6.3, Cannes, 1978
Source photo: Elias Papalexandrou

The Welch | Ferrari story as told by Filipponereoruggero FerranteCarnielli

Raquel Welch and her 1966 Ferrari 275 GTS
Photo source: Filipponereoruggero FerranteCarnielli

According to an article published in 2016 by the Italian newspaper Republica it is the 1966 Ferrari 275 GTS chassis #7359 that belonged to Raquel Welch. She received such a car as a present from the director Leslie H. Martinson (movie Fathom). She drove the Ferrari until 1975, when she sold it to a new buyer.

Lastly, the great man himself, Enzo Ferrari flanked by a 250 GT Berlinetta Lusso and a 330 GT 2+2 ( Chinese eyes).
Source photo: Theo de Jong

Fandango’s Friday Flashback • hello.

hello - it's been 35 years

Fandango’s Friday Flashback • hello. I’ve not been a blogger nearly long enough to be able to go a year back. So this re-post of ‘Wordless Wednesday’ on #FFF is from November 20, 2019. In hindsight, this post was one of my worst in terms of likes (just 2!) you soulless Window addicts… Didn’t anyone remember that since January 24th, 36 years ago, 1984 didn’t turn out to be… like 1984?

Wordless Wednesday • hello

Wordless Wednesday • It’s been 35 years since the first hello.

wordless wednesday • hello
hello.

Fandango’s Friday Flashback • dVerse Poets Pub

Becky's lines & squares challenge • staying within the lines 2

Fandango’s Friday Flashback • dVerse Poets Pub. I’ve not been a blogger nearly long enough to be able to go a year back. So this re-post of ‘OpenLinkNight#256’ on #FFF is from December 13, 2019, that I posted on the dVerse Poets Pub.

OpenLinkNight#256 • dVerse Poets Pub

Of all the wild absurdities

With which the heart can cram

Its sad asylum, none’s more daft

Than this mad need, this damn-

Idiot ache to be with you

When I already am.

Kiowara no Fukayabu (early 9th century)

This poem was translated from Japanese
by Graeme Wilson

Posted by TiongHan as part of the dVerse OpenLinkNight#256.

Fandango’s Friday Flashback • February 14

Andy Warhol's Lines

Fandango’s Friday Flashback • February 14. I’ve not been a blogger nearly long enough to be able to go a year back. So this re-post of ‘Andy Warhol’s lines’ on #FFF is from October 14, that I wrote for Becky B.‘s Lines and Squares challenge.

Andy Warhol’s lines • Becky’s Lines & Squares #14

Andy Warhol’s lines

Andy Warhol's lines

Here’s my entry to Becky’s Lines & Squares Challenge, Oct. 14, which is sparked by Victoria C. Slotto’s post Warhol-Pop Art in Words. A wonderful explanation and tribute to one of the greatest artists of the 20th century. He’s up there with Edward Hopper and Tamara de Lempicka. Of these three, he’s truly the one who democratized art. Mostly just by idolizing ‘household brands’.

The Whitney Museum of Modern Arts wrote the following on this piece:

Green Coca-Cola Bottles was created the year that Andy Warhol developed his pioneering silkscreen technique, which allowed him to produce his paintings through a mechanical process that paralleled his use of mass culture subjects. Here, the image of a single Coca-Cola bottle is repeated in regular rows, seven high by sixteen across, above the company’s logo. The repetitive imagery and standardized format evokes the look of mechanical reproduction, but the black outlines were probably stamped by hand from a single carved woodblock onto green areas printed in a grid pattern. This engenders subtle differences in the work’s pattern; each of the bottles differs in both the evenness of the green underpainting and in the clarity of its stamped profile. The bottles are also often slightly askew, disturbing the overall regularity of the grid and making them appear simultaneously handmade and individualized, streamlined and mass-produced. In his deadpan and ironic way, Warhol at once criticized and glorified the consumerist idols and surface values of America’s media-saturated postwar culture. “A Coke is a Coke,” he explained, “and no amount of money can get you a better Coke than the one the bum on the corner is drinking.”

If you’d like to see more of my entries to Becky’s Lines & Squares challenges, just click here, here, here or here.

I hope you like this tribute on Fandango’s Flashback Friday.

Fandango’s Friday Flashback • January 24

cost of blogging

Fandango’s Friday Flashback • January 24. I’ve not been a blogger nearly long enough to be able to go a year back. So this re-post of ‘Why Do You Blog?’ on #FFF is from December 24, that I wrote for Dr Tanya’s Blogging Insights that she posts regularly on her Salted Caramel blog. Do check it out if you haven’t done so already.

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Why do you blog? • Blogging Insights#1

Dr Tanya – in her great blog Salted Caramel – has been running her Blogging Insights series for nearly three months. In this quest she has unearthed a wealth of insights from bloggers, and by keeping this all in-the-public-eye so to speak it can be of tremendous value for bloggers. Not in the least for rookie-bloggers like myself. So far she has fired off 11 salvo’s, or sets if you will, of questions. Some of these are pretty easy to answer. Others require some ‘soul-searching’. Now she has given us, who like myself are pretty new to this form of ‘mental exercise’, the opportunity to catch up with the front-runners.

So here are my answers to the first salvo.

Q: Do you blog to promote your business?

No, I don’t. Primarily because I don’t own my own set up any longer. Although I find hardly any joy in the so-called professional blogs. These seem to be (well-written in some instances, bordering to the hilarious) answers to specific issues. Too limiting in my mind.

Q: Or is your blog a launching pad for your social life?

Yes and no is my cryptic answer here. To my surprise (or is it really) my blog has very little traction from my real life friends and family. Instead, the vast majority of my visitors are people who I have never physically met. Welcome to those digital new ‘relationships’.

Does it exist only to complement your business or your Instagram/Facebook/Twitter accounts?

As far as my other social accounts go, it is quite the opposite. I hate Instagram, and am hardly present anymore on Facebook and Twitter other than to draw attention to my blog posts.

Is your blog making you real money (if so please let me into your secret)?

Nope. I did not start a blog to earn an extra source of income.

Are you blogging because you are so adept at this craft that you want to teach it to others?

If only… No. To say the opposite would be quite preposterous. I started it as a writing exercise, but got distracted by many of the photo challenges. Now, just shy of six months of blogging, I’m slowly returning more to the writing part of it.

So I’m learning every day, from every post I write and certainly from most of the bloggers that I follow and read everyday.

Or are you like me : blogging just due to the urge to write?

That is exactly how it all started for me. Two things happened though. Firstly, most of my ‘writings’ are just to blow off steam and a way to come to grips with things. Just to name one of a few: I’ve been diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease roughly 15 years ago (I’m just 60 now, so 15 years ago I was one of the youngest PD-patients…just my luck) and coming to grips with this new reality has been (and still is) an arduous journey. Which, so far, I have largely kept to myself and the loving ‘rock’ in my life. While I slowly start posting some of my PD-infused experiences (let’s not exaggerate this, 2 posts as of yet), most of my writing are an outlet to prevent me slipping into self-pity. Therefor strictly personal rants. For now…

What are your reasons why you put the proverbial blood sweat tears into your blog posts?

Main reason number one is listed above. Main reason number 2 is that I needed something to keep me ‘off the streets’ so to speak. After a long career in advertising, more than 30 years or so, I was finally laid off. My PD had made work impossible and to some extent irresponsible. Not that it wasn’t good work that I was still capable of producing. Some of my finest and most awarded work – two times winner of a Film Grand Prix at the International Cannes Advertising Festival (sorry, but I think I did earn these bragging rights) – was at a stage when my PD really started to kick in to an extent I couldn’t hide it anymore.

So I was suddenly faced with that question that had been troubling me for almost a decade ‘is there life after advertising?’ Is there hope for a one-trick-only-pony who’s too old (the official version) or too ill to still perform?
Only now, with the support of my girlfriend, I can answer this question with a resounding Y E S !

Blogging gives me a sounding board, something where I can ventilate, rant, comment and write without being lambasted or shot down. I find posting, and reading blog posts fun and inspiring and motivating. So thank you all for putting up with me.

If you want to sprint ahead and read my answers to Dr Tanya’s latest set of q’s, click here.

Fandango’s Friday Flashback • January 17

On Display • lens-artists 16:9

Fandango’s Friday Flashback • January 17. Thanking whichever God I might believe in I was reminded of this by the WordPress reader. Not having blogged that long, I only have this post to share that dates back to a 17th of a month.

On Display • Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #76

‘On Display’ so to speak is part of Thierry Mugler fabulous haute couture creations in a must-see exhibition in the Kunsthal in Rotterdam. For those of you where the mention of the name Thierry Mugler only rings a faint bell in the distance, here’s a brief attempt to refresh those grey cells into working order.

On Display • lens-artists Thierry Mugler Kunsthal
On Display: Thierry Mugler

To quote the site in the above link, Thierry Mugler is ‘undeniably artistic figure – visionary couturier, director, photographer and perfumer’. You can find more on this famous couturier here.

I’ll leave you with one more, albeit blurry, photo taken of a film on display in this wonderful exhibition:

on display thierry mugler woman on fire
On Display: Thierry Mugler • On fire

Thierry Mugler is on display until March 2020, so if you’re in the neighbourhood…

Especially since Museum Boijmans is closed due to reconstruction.

Fandango’s Friday Flashback • January 3

Majestic Glow 16:9

Fandango’s Friday Flashback • January 3. Thanking whichever God I might believe in I was reminded of this by the WordPress reader. Not having blogged that long, I only have this post to share that dates back to a 3rd of a month.

Majestic Glow • Tuesday Photo Challenge

Majestic Glow • Tuesday Photo Challenge is my submission into Dutch goes the Photo challenge of the week. As usual, it is as brutally simple as imaginative: ‘I think that the interesting part of this challenge will be your choice of direction with the theme of Glow…will you opt for the glow of an ember, a firefly, or the glowing praise that is heaped on a great performance? There are many choices, so feel free to push the boundaries and shoot for that glowing review!’

Majestic Glow
Majestic Glow

Majestic Glow

Isn’t she just glowing majestically? I took this photo from a moving bus in the harbor of the City of Rotterdam. Hence the reflections at the bottom part. Incidentally, the ship named after the city was moored in its home harbor at the time we passed it. In order to make this lady glow like this I had to do some (extensive) post prod in Apple Photos, Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop. I took the original photo with my iPhone XR.

For a peek at my previous submission in this Tuesday Photo Challenge, called Peace, click here.

Red • Fandango’s Friday Flashback

Red • Cee's Fun Foto Challenge

Fandango’s Friday Flashback • December 20. The photo in this post from November 20, that I wrote for Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge, I’m more than a little pleased with. I’ve not nearly been blogging for a year, which is why I only go month back…

Red • Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge

Stones against red. Red • Cee's Fun Foto Challenge
Stones against red bench

Picture was taken in the Japanese Garden section of the Hortus Botanicus in Leiden, The Netherlands. Since I did not bring my Leica, I had to shoot this with my iPhone XR. Highlighted the colour red a bit in the Apple Photos and Adobe Lightroom apps.

For more entries into photo challenges simply click here.

Fandango’s Friday Flashback • December 13

Lines under my feet lead pic

Fandango’s Friday Flashback • December 13. Today is the first time I stumbled on the Friday Flashback post/opportunity. To say I’m a novice at blogging is a bit of an understatement; I’ve only started really this October. After having made many a faux pas in the past few months I’m slowly (reached the tender age of 60) beginning to understand and get a feel for it. Who said something about old dogs and new tricks? Not that I’m making plenty of mistakes still.
I’m in the process now of listing virtually every mistake I’ve made (like using a picture of a poster that started with the F-word in a ‘FOWC with Fandango’ post only yesterday – you Americans can be so touchy). Might become food for a separate post…

Anyways, this post from October 13, that I wrote as part of the month long challenge Becky’s Lines & Squares, could use a little more love.

Lines under my feet

Lines under my feet square
Lines under my feet

Here’s my entry to Becky’s Lines & Squares Challenge, Oct. 13.

I took this shot of a rather confusing line ‘No entrance exhibition’ which somebody had pasted on the stairs of the main entrance to an art exhibition.

But please note the feet in sneakers on the left. We Dutch hardly take any notice of signs telling us what (not) to do. Unless it’s a ‘no parking’ sign. These tend to cost you dearly if you ignore them…

Which reminds me of our international sports club in Karachi, Pakistan, the good old Sind Club. The only way to access the bar was to walk across a grass lawn to the door. To avoid nagging wives dragging their husbands home, somebody had put a sign on the lawn saying ‘Women NOT allowed on the grass’. Not sure any of the expat wives ever obeyed that sign. My mother certainly didn’t.

If you’d like to see more of my entries to Becky’s Lines & Squares challenges, just click here, here, here or here.