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Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - THIS WEEK -

The Sch­lumpf col­lec­tion was ev­ery­thing you’d hope of a high-end au­to­mo­tive col­lec­tion – out­ra­geously valu­able, full of Bu­gat­tis and sur­rounded with ru­mours of dodgy fi­nan­cial prac­tices.

In this book, how­ever, Arnoud and Ard Op De Weegh chal­lenge the long-ac­cepted nar­ra­tive that Fritz Sch­lumpf drove his tex­tile com­pany into bank­ruptcy in the name of his cars. They in­sist, in fact, that the Sch­lumpfs were tar­geted by the so­cial­ist gov­ern­ment of early Eight­ies France. What­ever the case, the story is in­trigu­ing, and the col­lec­tion is given good space, even for those who don’t care about their enig­matic own­ers. The qual­ity of the images and trans­la­tion bring the book down a lit­tle, though. Char­lie Calder­wood Au­thor: Arnoud & Ard Op De Weegh Pub­lisher: Ve­loce ve­loce.co.uk ISBN 978-1787113091

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