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Belgian Racing Legends - Brussels 9/12/11-15/1/12


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#1 johnwilliamdavies

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Posted 03 November 2011 - 10:43

For those that don't know, there's an exhibition of Belgian sports racing history forthcoming at the Autoworld museum in Brussels.

Belgium Racing Legends

From the website: "From 9 December 2011 to 15 January 2012, the exhibit, "Belgian Racing Legends" presents more than 40 racing and rally cars in an original setting, bringing to life a starting line, framed by its paddocks and stands.
Coming from private collections, from museums, and from the drivers themselves, they have been selected from amongst those who have won our greatest victories. Brought together in this unique exhibit, these exceptional cars tell the History of an important page in the history of the Belgian sports car from 1949 to the end of the 90s.

Amongst them: numerous Ferraris (including the 166MM, driven again and again by Beurlys, and the 500TRC, driven by Bianchi, Harris, Mairesse, de Changy and Rousselle throughout the year 1957), and Porsches (including Jacky Ickx's 936/77 Spider, and the 959 driven by Ickx/Brasseur in the Paris-Dakar), as well as Audis (including the V8 Quattro Sport driven in the "Belgian 93 Procar"), BMWs, the Talbot Lago T26 belonging to the 4 accomplices who created the Francorchamps Team (Swaters, Pilette, Tornaco and Laurent), a Mercedes 300SL, the Jaguar type D, Christine Beckers' Rondeau/Inaltera, Swaters' Veritas, a mini-Cooper rally car, a 1961 Formula V single-seater, etc...

Though the guiding light of the exhibit is Jacques Swaters, who left us only a year ago, more than 60 Belgian drivers, whose awards cover the second half of the last century, will be honoured.

The exhibit will also include documents about the drivers and the cars, photo galleries, projection rooms showing period films, posters, display cases containing the drivers' trophies, miniatures, etc..."

As Brussels is only 2 hours from London via Eurostar, I'm planning on heading over.

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#2 DogEarred

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Posted 03 November 2011 - 11:27

The 'Autoworld' museum itself contains many old, beautifully kept cars of all ages but not many racing cars. Well worth a look though.
And right across the Cincentenaire Square is the (free admission) War Museum.

So there's a good day out before hitting some great resaurants!