Originally posted by Richard Neale
I like 'Historic Cars' and antique furniture because they are Old ~ It has a Nostalgic appeal to me and has had for earlier generations who have preserved these things for us to use with a little care.
I do not venerate copies. They have no awe ~~
In 30 years time are you expecting a kid to say Wow! When you show him a 2005 copy of a car raced by Fangio? I guess you'd like modern copies to take part in the Brighton run too???
But what is an old car that has had its engine or chassis replaced by a modern replica (on the grounds of satefy or expense)?
Personally I think it is no longer original, but some chassis number historians think it is still original.
Do you not enjoy seeing the ERAs & 250Fs racing (because most of them have new engines)?
And what about Audi's Auto-Unions?
I love seeing these cars because (un?)fortunately I'm not old enough to have seen them run at the time. What is a shame is thay they don't run them properly.
When you have the Thinwall Special in your museum is it not commendable to show the car in every stage of its life?
Likewise showing all the variants of Vanwalls, Chaparrals etc (the person who built the new Chaparral chassis for the museum told me that there was only ever a handful of chassis that were continually updated, so the Chaps don't all have their original chassis).
I think we have to accept the replicas are going to be built, and rather than stand there knocking them it would be far more constructive to record exactly what they are - so that they are not passed off as anything else in the future.
What I can't stand is cars that aren't like they were originally, and being told the are original - but that happens just as much with 'original' cars as it does with replicas.
If someone can help them make an exact replica of the Xerex special then surely it is better to help them do that rather than produce some approximation.