Sunday 24 March 2013

Atlas Editions Dinkys

A few weeks ago, a gentleman from Germany named Manni contacted me.

Manni saw through Facebook that I was a collector of vintage racing automobilia, including toys.

He asked if I had any pointers I could give him in starting a toy collection. At the same time, he asked if I knew of the re-creation Dinky toys sold through Editions Atlas Collections.

I put together a little note of pointers together, and at the same mentioned that I ever heard of these Dinky re-creations.

This past Friday, a package arrived from Manni, containing the Editions Atlas Auto Union #23D!!! How incredibly generous!

I have the original pre-war Dinky Auto Union, and the Atlas version compares very favorably to it. What I like is that the Atlas version is not an exact copy, but is actually a new casting.

It also includes a lovely "Dinky" re-creation box, a certificate of authenticity, and a nice German brochure detailing the history of the car.

I’ve looked them up and there are more racecars in the Atlas line-up, but they don’t seem to be readily available. I’m certainly going to try to get more of these lovely diecasts.

Danke, Manni!

Wednesday 20 March 2013

Credit Suisse Photo Award for Goodwood Revival

My photographer friend Matt Jacques joined us at the Goodwood Revival last year, and covered it in brilliant style with his photography and words. You can read his story here.

The quality of his work did not go unnoticed … one of his stunning photos (below) won an important award!

© Matt Jacques 2012

 In Matt’s words …

For 2012, Goodwood Revival and partner Credit Suisse launched the inaugural "Credit Suisse Photo Award for Goodwood Revival" competition, aimed at professional media accredited for the 2012 Revival (September 14-16th).

An expert panel judged all entries for the Award after the event, including Revival founder Lord March, a long-time professional photographer himself.

There were three categories for the competition: 1) The best general Revival atmosphere image; 2) The best image of on-track action; and 3) The best image taken at the Credit Suisse Historic Racing Forum. An overall winner will also be announced.

My image has won for the Atmosphere category, and stands a chance of being named the overall winner as well. I'll be able to update when it's been announced on Wednesday March 20th.

Lord March commented on the new competition:
"The unspoiled Goodwood Motor Circuit has always been an ideal blank canvas for creating beautiful, exciting and memorable photographs. Add in the colour, spectacle and theatre of the Goodwood Revival, and I think this is the perfect setting for some striking images. I am delighted that Credit Suisse is supporting this innovative photographic contest, which promises to grow in future years and deliver a legacy of outstanding photography."

Bravo to Matt … I knew him when!