An ode to the great and classic cars that have left their mark on the world of the automotive industry is the first book of Swiss photographer and Creative Director Fabrizio D’Aloisio, ” Car Guys: The Culture of Owning a Classic Car.” This -400 page- volume is dedicated to every aspect of owning and driving classic and vintage cars. The author, who loves everything vintage, from an old-fashioned swimming pool to old five-star hotels, chose to illustrate the book exclusively with black and white photographs.
Talking to 30 different owners of classic and sports cars, men and women, he presents us with short stories about each car as he photographs them with his personal touch. At the same time, there are serious questions about how we define the classic, what is the contribution of these cars to today, and its motivation to get one.
Specifically, in the chapter “What Is a Classic?” the editor of the site Classic Driver emphasizes: “Although in the circle of collectors, a vehicle of at least 30 years is defined as a classic, he chooses the term as analyzed in the Oxford English Dictionary: “Every item that is known in time for its simple, timeless, and elegant design and is widely accepted by the respective circle. ”
At the same time, it is noted by many collectors that “in a world that is rapidly moving towards an unknown and unpredictable future, many may need an object-heritage from the past, reminding them of the glorious years of original and timeless design.” In fact, in many cases something classic seems to work as an antidote to the fast pace of the digital world where we live, offering us comfort and making us feel at home, wherever we are.