Eyes Right


Old Bike Australasia - - CONTENTS -

By Arnoud Op de Weegh and Ard Op de Weegh Hard­back 160 pages ISBN: 978-1-787113-09-1 Pub­lished by Ve­loce. Pub­lished by Ve­loce. www.ve­loce.co.uk Avail­able from Ren­niks Pub­li­ca­tions. (02) 96957055.www.ren­niks.com RRP: Aust$64.95 There have been sev­eral books about the fab­u­lous car col­lec­tion mys­te­ri­ously amassed by the reclu­sive Sch­lumpf brothers in Mul­house, south­ern France, no­tably the orig­i­nal by the late Den­nis Jenk­in­son. Dutch Fa­ther and son team of Ard and Arnold set out to delve deeper into what has be­come known as the “Sch­lumpf af­fair” – an in­trigu­ing and com­plex saga in which the so­cial­ist French govern­ment and the trade unions, sup­pos­edly de­fend­ing the in­ter­ests of the vast Sch­lumpf work­force, pulled some very ques­tion­able stunts. The Swiss Sch­lumpf brothers, Fritz and Hans, cer­tainly man­aged to get their hands on a huge chunk of the world’s most de­sir­able cars, and if you be­lieve the polemics, largely by ex­ploit­ing the work­ers at their tex­tile mill. Ac­cord­ing to the au­thors, who spent nine years in­ves­ti­gat­ing all as­pects, the truth is some­what dif­fer­ent. As well as un­rav­el­ling the cover-ups, this book gives de­tailed ac­counts of the leg­endary ve­hi­cles in the col­lec­tion (in­clud­ing many of the world’s most prized Bu­gat­tis), which makes fas­ci­nat­ing read­ing in it­self. Hav­ing read sev­eral of the ear­lier books on this sub­ject I was ini­tially scep­ti­cal that there could be any­thing new, but in that re­spect I was mis­taken. This book has a real dou­ble edge – es­pi­onage, so­cial prej­u­dice and mis­car­riage of jus­tice, plus in-depth ac­counts of just what grew into “the most beau­ti­ful car col­lec­tion in the world”. Highly rec­om­mended.

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