Congratulations to Porsche for winning the 2017 FIA Endurance Championship with the 919 driven by Timo Bernhard, Brendon Hartley and Earl Bamber!
It is the 15th Endurance Championship won by the Stuttgart based manufacturer since 1969.
If you are a Porsche fan, at arteauto we offer a good representation of the history of the marque with many items to decorate your museum, garage, office or man's cave, and help you build your library.
We hope that in all the historical Porsche items we have listed on our website, you will find something you would like to own.
Keep your four wheels on the ground!
For more information you can reach Jacques at (830) 864-5040
Remember for all other automotive memorabilia you can browse our store site as we have many more items in our gallery. Do not hesitate to contact us if you are looking for something in particular.
The 2017 US Grand Prix in Austin was a great success. Great weather, great crowd, good passing and a few new faces. It is hard to stop Lewis Hamilton and his Mercedes but Ferrari and Red Bull put on a great show and tried their hardest.
On Friday night the Ferrari Club of America South Central Chapter organized their 2nd annual dinner at the beautiful Austin Country Club in honor of the F1 race.
L'art et l'automobile gallery was honored to be invited at the reception to put on an art and memorabilia show dedicated to Ferrari. We had a special room we transformed into a gallery and the show was well received and successful. The event was even better than last year, with close to 300 enthusiasts in attendance, most of them belonging to Ferrari Clubs from around the country and the world, along with a few special guests.
At l'art et l'automobile we take pride in having decorated many garages and museums hosting some of the greatest collections of cars around the world.
This post will show you a selection of some of the very reasonably priced prints we have by some of the best automobile artists. Click our email campaign (http://mailchi.mp/arteauto/t5uhlm0wm4-517901) to see more or just go to http://www.arteauto.com/automobile-prints.aspx
If you have bare walls in your garage, these prints not only will give you colors, history and warmth, they will turn your garage into another room in your home you will be proud to share with friends and family.
If you don't have the time to decorate your automotive emporium, we offer to come to you and take care of it – and if you love books, we also can build up your automotive library.
Enjoy looking through our collection!
For more information you can reach Jacques at (830) 864-5040
Autographed by Fidel Castro, Fangio, Moss, Gurney, Hill, Shelby and more!
In the early 1950’s, Alejandro De Tomaso convinced his friend Fulgencio Batista, then the president of Cuba, to organize an automobile race in the streets of Havana, in the winter during the off season.
In February 1957, 60 years ago, the project came to fruition and the Cuban government put up a good engagement bonus to attract the European teams and their drivers–and so it did.
The poster for the first-ever GP of Cuba in 1957 was designed and printed in Havana and only 200 copies were made and distributed there and in Miami.
Even so the event was called a Grand Prix, it was really a sports car race similar to the Sebring and Le Mans entries and Juan Manuel Fangio won the race in his Maserati 300 S, followed by Carroll Shelby in his Ferrari 410 Sport.
The Grand Prix of Cuba 1957 reproduction poster - available for $85.00
After the success of the 1957 event, the 1958 race was organized, again in February, and De Tomaso took over the poster project to be designed and printed in Italy. It turned out to be a very nice poster and, when ready, shipped to Cuba, but unfortunately instead of going by air, it traveled by ship and arrived two weeks after the event. These posters were sadly never used, they ended up being burned and, to announce the 1958 race, the organizers simply and quickly reprinted the 1957 poster.
The Grand Prix of Cuba 1958 reproduction poster - unsigned - available for $85.00
A few years later, in the early 1960’s, Jacques Grelley, an avid racing enthusiast, race driver, racing poster collector, and the researcher behind this whole story, decided to reprint 500 of the 1958 poster. Being friendly with Fangio, he had him sign some copies.
(Side note: Having fallen in love with the poster for the event, Fangio acquired an inventory for himself to sell at his museum in his home town of Balcarce, Argentina, and later, running out of them, had another batch printed.)
The Grand Prix of Cuba 1958 reproduction poster - autographed by Fangio - available for $575.00
(As a side story it is also interesting to remember that the 1958 infamous race was the one where Fangio was kidnapped by militants of Castro’s movement, yet treated very well by his captors.)
Grelley, now owning several of the 1958 posters signed by Fangio, decided to also have them signed by other personalities involved in the event. An effort that took him almost 50 years, Grelley was able to get a handful signed by Fidel Castro Ruz himself (president of Cuba), as well as General Roberto Fernandez Miranda (Batista’s brother-in-law and Cuba sports minister) and many race drivers such as Phil Hill, Baron Huschke von Hanstein, Stirling Moss (the 1958 winner), Juan Manuel Fangio, Maurice Trintignant, Carroll Shelby, Dan Gurney, three Cuban Race Car Driver; Armando Garcia Cifuentes, Manolo Perez de la Mesa and Santiago "Chaguito" Gonzalez, as well as two reporter/photographer; Bernard Cahier and Denise McCluggage (also an accomplished racer who unfortunately couldn’t participate in the race because the country wouldn’t allow women to do so at the time).
The Grand Prix of Cuba 1958 reproduction poster - autographed by Fidel Castro and 13 others - available for $7,500
Many of these personalities are shown in photographs below signing the posters. For Fidel Castro it was a bit more complicated as Jacques Grelley had to send a few to one of his aids to have them autographed, but unfortunately no photos of Castro signing the posters was ever taken.
Santiago "Chaguito" Gonzalez
Armando Garcia Cifuentes
Juan Manuel Fangio
Manolo Perez de la Mesa
We hope you enjoyed this story, let us know which Cuba GP version you would like to display on your wall. The full 14-signature one is available for $7,500, the Fangio-only signed one for $575, while the unsigned 1957/1958 are only $85. Note that while these Cuba GP posters are reproductions, supplies are very limited (first-come first-served) and l’art et l’automobile and the estate of Mr. Grelley guarantee all signatures to be genuine.
Over the past decade many of you have come and visit, either by yourself, with a club, a tour or a rally, and we hope you have enjoyed your time here as much as we did and that you will visit us again!
This is just a reminder that if you would like to have gourmet food prepared by Karen (my wife and Chef Extraordinaire) we can accommodate 60 to 75 people for lunch (or up to a couple of hundred cars if you would just like to make a pit stop).
Call us or email us for details. The area is full of great winding roads through the Hill Country, with very little traffic!