Automotive Stories
By Patrick Wheeler

Paris Retromobile 2015

Patrick Wheeler Travels to 2015 Paris Retromobile

AllCarCentral's friend and contributor, Patrick Wheeler shares his experiences on his Travels to the 2015 Paris Retromobile. Patrick Wheeler's unique twist is entertaining and insightful.
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Spa Summer Classics 2012

AllCarCentral's great friend and contributor, Patrick Wheeler, shares his photos and story of his journey to and around the Spa Circuit during the classic car race back in 2012. This is a must read, as Patrick's style gets to the point of all that he confronts. Brilliant!
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Essen Techno Classica 2012
Essen, Germany

Writer and photographer Patrick Wheeler shares his take on his visit to the top shelf classic auto show in Essen from back in 2012.

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Patrick Wheeler on a run over the Le Route Napoleon in November of 2013

Still morning mists in the vallees and this is one of the last weekends one could do this run hard, the verglas (black ice) warning signs are frequent ...

Just looking at the GPS is enough to cause raptures, the kidney shapes behind were just as good as the ones ahead, pavement in prime condition, largely open road, not a care in the world ...
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Patrick Wheeler on a run over the Furka Pass in October of 2013

To say this is a route of legend, well, it does not do it justice...

Here the mountains have captured the rain and every other rock has sprouted a cascade that whishes and tumbles and rumbles and slips and shooshes over the polished stone... would only miss this if the dwarven route promises a visit to their treasury, as far as I can tell, all the dwarven gold has found its way to the trees on the mountain side...
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The 24 Hours of Le Mans 2009

One of the most amazing thing about this race is the combination of ultra-fast cars in the top class (the prototypes) but the inclusion of more familiar cars based on real road-going cars (the Grand Tourer class). It is in this 'slower' class that we find a bevy of Porsches, Ferraris, Aston Martins which other than radical livery and the engineering underneath their skin appear almost as it they came off the street ...

But I would be remiss not to start this story with a visit to the lovely town of Le Mans itself.

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Le Mans Classic 2010

Le Mans Classic 2010

High Kitsch, High Art, High Fashion and Exceedingly High Camp at the
24 hour Classics, 2010

This being france, in previous years there has been appeals to event-goers to dress 'period', or at least nicely, the young man with the kewpie hat, vest and thick-framed glasses is looking good, as is the darling in the Pucci cling, there are more than a few dramatic sun dresses on display, the lovely lady's hat is only slightly outshone by the dramatic eyeglasses she is wearing ...

Out of the track it is getting kitsch-y again. In the early morning before the real races start there is a 'run-what-you-brung' exercise, you can take your street car for a run around the track and they let everything out here, but I am set back a bit to see a VW Camper Van out there, even more surprised to see it rip-snort around the chicanes and over the hill, it may have a normal looking Bus body, but there is something non-stock in the engine bay, and those are porsche Fuchs rims underneath it .....

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Brussels Auto Museum 2010

Photos of Brussels Auto Museum 2010

Of course the Parc is home to Brussels auto museum which in addition to its regular cars is hosting a rather special winter exhibit, the Bugatti 100 year centennial celebrating the history of this rather storied race and luxury brand. The full story is available here; By Patrick Wheeler 2012

Le Mans 2011

Le Mans 24 Hour Race 2011

All Car Central has just received a gift of previously unpublished images and comments from a dedicated race fan, Patrick Wheeler, based in Brussels, Belgian. All Car Central will be publishing the 'Photo Stories' of Patrick's racing sojourns within the site.

The first installment is on the 2011 Le Mans 24 Hour race.

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Spa Summer Classics 2009:

The Spa Summer Classics is an annual classic car race event on The Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, home to the Formula One Belgian Grand Prix and the Spa 24 Hours endurance race.
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Lost Circuit Reims
Circtuie Reims de Geuze

By Patric Wheeler

Out near Reims is a hilly region that grows a mildly legendary vine that becomes and even more legendary wine.

Just outside of town, at a spot the young man at the hotel said "why go there, you will just be disappointed, it is just ruins, you drive by and it is gone.

The circuite de Reims, of Circtuie do Geuze, was an exceedingly fast track in its day. Today there is talk of attempting to revive the track.
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