Pebble Beach and Monterey Car Week

When The Automotive Name Was A Badge of Honor

Vintage automotive junkies are captivated for details.  We long to pet the 1930’s curvaceous fender.  The intricacies of the way something was made, usually by hand, fascinate us.  We salivate over huge expanses of steel formed on an English wheel.   Ahh, the old days.  Way before I was conceived, automobiles exhibited pride.Car companies did not paste their name all over the car or write paragraphs of model details across the rear end.   Nothing took away from the car.  The automobile name, badge or insignia was its own work of art, but never more than the car itself.  Here are a few I enjoy.  The very last one you likely will not recognize. 🙂

Cooper race car

This bold blue enamel work is on a rare Talbot-Darracq, normally we know of a Talbot-Lago. Avions Voisin, some call these ugly but I find them to be some of the most captivating of all the French automobiles.  Aside from their advanced engineering, the visual details cover every inch of the car. 

A Graham or Austin you may have heard of but how about a Ballot? This Delahaye is one of my first badge photos.  I like is so much I am working on reproducing it as a painting.  A real painting, not a few brushstrokes on top of a photo on canvas.  It is all drawn on canvas to scale, with a little paint so far.  Honestly, it is a bit intimidating.  Here is an example of an automotive insignia which has changed, do you recognize it?  Hover your mouse over the picture,  it is a 1923 Aston Martin.

Happy Motoring!