Brussels is endowed with a permanent automobile exhibition hall around the monument celebrating its relatively recent independence, called “AutoWorld”. Built late in the 19th century for a national exhibition to celebrate the 50th anniversary of said independence, the building houses many cars from one of the largest car collections in the world based close to the French border – “Mahymobiles” in the secluded town of Leuze-en-Hainaut for car nuts.
At this moment and Brexit time, Autoworld is dedicating an exhibition until the end of January 2020 to the British car industry, called “So British”. I had the opportunity to visit it and took a few shots.
In the days of yore, Britain was a very serious competitor both in the luxury and sports car segments. In the 1950s, Jaguar was a big player with its XKs, starting with the 120 exemplified by this drop head.
The E Type which followed was called the most beautiful car of its time by Commendatore Enzo Ferrari himself.
Jaguar was also very present on the track with racing versions.
For real fast road goers, including James Bond who contributed no end to its fame, Aston Martin, then owned by David Brown hence the name DB, was also a strong contender.
Nowadays, the car industry in the UK is … no longer British save for some very special manufacturers. Luxury car manufacturer Rolls Royce belongs to BMW, for example.
McLaren Group, making spectacular cars, belongs to the Bahrain royal family.
In these turbulent times on the island, it is refreshing to see that Britain can be capable of the best…
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