Thursday, 14 October 2010

The Most Beautiful Sleeping Beauty Photo ...

This was the winning entry chosen by author Ard op de Weegh

Wednesday, 8 September 2010

Sample this beautiful new book from Veloce ...

By Ard op de Weegh, Kay Hottendorff & Arnoud op de Weegh
The ‘Sleeping Beauties’ – an array of neglected Bugattis, Lancias,
Ferraris, Alfa Romeos, Cords and Aston Martins on a rural French
estate – have fascinated car lovers worldwide since 1983, when
they were immortalised in a sequence of photographs taken by
Herbert W Hesselmann. For 25 years, the full story behind the
collection and its fate has remained untold ... until now.

Thursday, 26 August 2010

Beauties sleeping in Latvia

Here are some sleeping beauties from Latvia for your
photo competition. There are two cars in different seasons
of weather and different stages of condition. The biggest
one is a 1919 Renault FU truck whose restoration we just
ended, but the smallest is a 1932 Praga Piccolo who's still
waiting for her restoration. It was hard to choose which is
the best photo with all the beauty of rust, so you can choose
which is the best. P.S. I think one of the best is that where
a sleeping beauty is sleeping on a sleeping beauty!
Says Ivars Dortans of Riga, Latvia - thanks Ivars

A 1959 Cadillac sleeping in the woods

Here's some pictures of a 1959 Cadillac in the woods, a pretty
nice find here in the US, says Jeremy Nutt - thanks Jeremy

Tuesday, 17 August 2010

Giant beauty resting up in Shaftesbury, Dorset

Many thanks to Jools for this beautiful slumbering giant

Welsh beauty on the Llandudno skyline

Beauty spotted perched on high by J A O'Neill of Btws-yn-Rhos,
Conwy, as an advertisement for the local scrapyard

Monday, 9 August 2010

Beauties in the outback

Many thanks to Paul Playoust for this line-up of beauties

Lined up in her last procession?

Many thanks to Sandra Mitchell of Lymington, Hampshire for
this photo of a Ford Zodiac Mk4 hearse losing her shine

Friday, 16 July 2010

Two A.F. Spiders side by side

Thanks to Peter Frost for these two A.F. Spiders one as found,
and one restored. Only 12 A.F. cars were made, and 7 were Spiders.
The construction is all wood! Click here for more details

Blue beauty hibernating under a blanket

Many thanks to Peter Frost for this chilly reminder of last winter

Thursday, 15 July 2010

Perfect combination of sleeping beauties

Many thanks to Peter Frost for these beautiful shots of his 1947
Ariel 600cc side valve single motorbike and period sidecar

Tuesday, 13 July 2010

Another beauty is given the kiss of life

Thanks to Paul Adey for these before, during and after photos

Not ready yet to draw the curtains for the last time

Thanks to Tom Stewart for this photo of a Caddy Fleetwood
spotted having a nap by the railway track in Kilgore, Texas

Monday, 12 July 2010

Forties era Ford sleeping in Vermont

Many thanks to David Brill for this beauty spotted in a barn
in Northern Vermont. David says there's still air in her tyres,
ready for someone to wake her up and get her going again

Beauty sleeping in a tree

Many thanks to Terry Parkin for this shot of a Mini Moke
stuck up in a tree near Edam in Holland. Also, in the same
garden this colourful converted lorry and trailer (the house
belonged to a retired circus clown).
Images copyright:

Monday, 7 June 2010

Thor - an unidentified sleeping beauty

Thanks to Matt Burke, of Rochester, NY, who recently bought this
car called the THOR. He asks: "Has anyone heard of or seen any
others like this? The chassis is a full length VW beetle pan/trans
and motor from 1956. The only id is the tags you see in the
pictures - I am trying to find out more about this car. All of the
pieces and parts are on the car. there doesn't seem to be anything
missing. One neat feature is a hand-controlled direct fuel delivery
system control from inside the cabin (see engine pictures).
If you know of anybody that may be able to help I would appreciate
you getting in touch."

Beauty in Spain - not sleeping yet

SEAT 600 (FIAT built under license in Spain) pictured in Ronda,
Spain, in May this year - still going strong. Don't miss the

Monday, 24 May 2010

Simca sleeping outside Terrasson-Lavilledie

Many thanks to Raymond van Donk for this beauty, taken in the
Dordogne region of France on the N89 outside a bric-a-brac
shop on the outskirts of Terrasson-Lavilledieu

Sleeping Minx, Trjntje, is given the kiss of life

Thanks to Andre Koster who says ... 'This is Trijntje a Hillman Minx
3A Deluxe Saloon. Built in England in 1959, exported to Tsjechiƫ,
sold to a Dutch trader in 1994. Kept in a barn till 2002. I woke her
and now go to classic meetings with her and a 41-year old caravan'

Monday, 17 May 2010

Trisha is given the kiss of life ...

Many thanks to Jay Foster of Club Triumph for these four
great photos of his TR7 sleeping beauty, Trisha, before
and after restoration. If you're thinking of buying a TR7, don't
miss this Essential Buyer's Guide coming soon from Veloce.

Tuesday, 11 May 2010

Our 100th posting has classical beauty

Peugeot Darl'Mat shown here in the collection of Arlette
Schlumpf, now kept unrestored in the museum of Peter Mullin.

Monday, 10 May 2010

Beauty having a rest on a farm in France

Will Koorn spotted this Massey Ferguson 135 sleeping in France.

World War II beauty in Parma, Italy

Thanks to Gabriele Lalatta Costerbosa for this shot of his sleeping
beauty in Montechiarugolo, Parma, Italy. It's a WWII Ford GPW

Bond sleeping peacefully in Adversane ...

Thanks to Stan Cornock of The Bond Owners' Club for these two
shots of a Bond Minicar Mark C resting in an Adversane scrap yard.
And, as she looks now, restored by club member Rex Grogan ...

A 1955 advert for the Bond Minicar Mark C

Beauty taking a long sleep in the sunshine

Thanks to Ton Lohman in Namibia for this colourful contribution

Beauty lay under a sheet for thirty years

Thanks to Lee Doxey for this shot of a rare UK model rotary engined
Suzuki which lay under a sheet in a back garden for over 30 years.
And has now been restored to be a Vintage Japanese 1st place
show winner in Feb 2011. Thanks for the update Lee .... jk

Friday, 30 April 2010

Five more beautiful contenders ...

Many thanks to Hermann Egges of
for sending these five excellent sleeping beauties photographs

Sadly her touring days are over

Many thanks to Hermann Egges of
for sending this beautiful photograph of a Morris 8 Tourer

Thursday, 29 April 2010

More beauties spotted on Prince Edward Island

Many thanks to Gearhead Kustoms for sending in these latest
five beauties spotted sleeping on P.E.I. Canada

Wednesday, 28 April 2010

Beauty on Prince Edward Island, Canada

This is an old Chrysler imperial with the factory Hemi engine still
in it, spotted sleeping on P.E.I. Canada, says Gearhead Kustoms,
thanks for that Gearhead - love the old wheels too

Monday, 26 April 2010

More beauties spotted in the USA

Thanks to Will Shiers, author of Roadside Relics for these
beauties that aren't featured in his book, clockwise from left:
International in Goldfield, Nevada; Ford truck, Iowa; and a tree hugger in Georgia - thanks, again, Will

Friday, 23 April 2010

Beautiful Firebird comatose in Canada

Many thanks to Gearhead Kustoms for this 1968 Firebird with a
350 big block auto. Gearhead says 'it has been parked here on
P.E.I. Canada for 27 years.'

Monday, 19 April 2010

Slideshow of first 100 (or so) contenders

A classic collection, so far, please keep them coming to ...
Have you got a better sleeping beauty photo than any of these?
Competition ends at midnight on August 15th,2010.
Individual details of all these (and more) contenders below ...
Note sleeping beauties can take the form of anything automotive, cars, motorcycles,
scooters, trucks, vans, buses... please keep them coming to ...

Sleeping Beauties USA

Many thanks to Bjoern Marek for this sample from his forthcoming
This book explores the transience and inherent beauty of a car’s
life, captured through stunning and evocative photography.

You can take a look inside with this sample ...