All posts by Dirk De Jager

A racer's son, Dirk de Jager is a Belgian-based photographer raised in a family of car enthusiasts. While his passion started out with classic Italian cars, it has expanded to include other nationalities with a preference for cars of the 1930s to 1950s. Dirk can often be found at top classic car events in Europe and the United States, whether on a racetrack, rally or concours field. For the past decade he has photographed numerous rare classic cars either for international magazines, commercial work, auction company's or private collectors. In addition to photography, he tests classic cars and assists collectors in managing their collections and showing cars at leading concours.

Tour Auto 2017: Rapid transit across the French countryside

a 1956 Panhard Monopole leads the way during this segment of the 2017 Tour Auto in France | Dirk de Jager photos
A 1956 Panhard Monopole leads the way during this segment of the 2017 Tour Auto in France | Dirk de Jager photos

Don’t be fooled by the name of the Tour Auto. This is not a mere retrospective tour for the faint of heart. Usually, classic sports car rallies are designed to enjoy the scenery, to absorb the nostalgia of travel through the old cities, and even have coffee breaks built into their schedules.

But in its 26th running, Tour Auto keeps to the spirit of the original Tour de France, a cross-country race for sports cars staged from 1951 through 1986.

Yes, legal speed limits on the roads remain, but Tour Auto includes very competitive timed stages, some held at four race tracks along the 2,500 kilometer route, others on certain sections of the public roads. Continue reading

Retromobile remains the king of all shows

The ultimate Bugatti Atlantique with the ultimate childs car: A Bugatti Baby | Dirk De Jager photos
The ultimate Bugatti Atlantique with the ultimate childs car: A Bugatti Baby | Dirk De Jager photos

For a seasoned, die-hard classic car guy, Paris in February means only one thing: Strolling through the city of lights in the cold, snow or no snow, for the granddaddy of indoor collector car fairs — Retromobile.

Billed as a trade show, it attracts people from all over the world to visit the high-profile dealers, special exhibits, manufacturers displays, autojumble, club stands and so on and on and on. Continue reading

RM Sotheby’s auction swells interest in Milano Autoclassica show

Ferrari 250MM Barchetta among cars on classic dealership stand | Dirk de Jager photos
Ferrari 250MM Barchetta among cars on classic dealership stand | Dirk de Jager photos

Although a relatively new event in the classic car scene, now on its sixth edition, the Milano Autoclassica Show managed to attract 60.000 visitors last week. But that 18 percent increase in attendance is largely due to the presence of the Duemila Ruote Collection sale organized by RM Sotheby’s.

With more than 800 lots and all available without reserve, the auction definitely attracted more foreign visitors for the first time to the show staged in the Milano-Rho Fiera halls just on the outskirts from the capitol of the Lombardy region. Continue reading

A fine finale: the Zoute Grand Prix marks end of season in Europe

1937 Bugatti T57 Ventoux  displayed at Zoute Grand Prix concours as classic car season comes to an end | Dirk de Jaguar photography
1937 Bugatti T57 Ventoux displayed at Zoute Grand Prix concours as classic car season comes to an end | Dirk de Jaguar photography

Most of us all go through this annoying period called fall and winter when the weather turns to worse and all we can do is keep our beloved classics safely inside and dream of the return of nice weather come springtime. But that only heightens our anticipation of that final event in the year, when we visit our fellow collector car aficionados and have some fun with those cars for who knows how many months.

In Belgium this major blow-out event has become a main fixture on the European classic car scene. It’s held in early October, after most people will have had their holidays, children are back in school and the tourist season is mostly over. All of which means there is space in time and on the roads to come out with the cars in a huge way. Continue reading

Roof-top experience: Italian motoring group’s 50th anniversary

A Maserati makes a lap on the roof-top test track at the Lingotto in Torino, Italy | Dirk de Jager photos
A Maserati makes a lap on the roof-top test track at the Lingotto in Torino, Italy | Dirk de Jager photos

Last weekend, the ASI — Automotoclub Storico Italiano — celebrated its 50th anniversary. As the governing body for all clubs related to anything running with an engine, ASI has always been located in the heart of the Italian motoring industry — Torino.

At the anniversary kickoff, a symposium was held earlier in the week at the Torino Auto Museum in conjunction with FIVA, the Fedération Internationales des Véhicules Anciens, which also celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. FIVA has member organizations in 65 nations, including the Historic Vehicle Association in the U.S., all dedicated to the preservation, protection and promotion of historic vehicles and related culture. Continue reading

Eye Candy: Dirk’s counting down the days to Monterey 2017

Photographer's dream: Amazing cars driving along the oceanfront on the Tour d'Elegance | Dirk de Jager photography
Photographer’s dream: Amazing cars driving along the oceanfront on the Tour d’Elegance | Dirk de Jager photography

Monterey Car Week is pure madness and insanity, but there is no escaping it. No matter where you live in the world, once you attend, you are hooked.

I can vouch for that. I’ve traveled from Belgium to northern California for the past 13 years. Continue reading

Eye Candy: Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2016

A 1951 Pegaso Z-102 Enasa is part of the chassis/prototype class | Dirk de Jager photos
A 1951 Pegaso Z-102 Enasa is part of the chassis/prototype class | Dirk de Jager photos

Aah, the shores of Lake Como, situated just half an hour away from the fashion capital in the world, the burstling city of Milano. Here, for the past 17 years, BMW throws the most prestigious concours d’elegance held in Europe. Continue reading

Eye Candy: Techno Classica 2016

Lamborghini Miura P400 body 5030 displayed at Techno Classica Essen | Dirk de Jager photos
Lamborghini Miura P400 body 5030 displayed at Techno Classica Essen | Dirk de Jager photos

In its 28th year, the Techno Classica show remains the largest of its kind, filling up not only the 12 convention center halls at the Messe in Essen, Germany, but also an underground room and four upper-level structures as well with classic vehicles.

This year the show expanded on to outdoor fields, an additional underground parking area and even a large tent erected where officials plan to build another nine more exhibition spaces.

But even with these additional areas, we heard several exhibitors complaining about having difficulty getting the space that they wanted. Continue reading

Eye Candy: Retromobile 2016

Some of the historic racing cars on the Renault stand at Retromobile | Dirk de Jager photos
Some of the historic racing cars on the Renault stand at Retromobile | Dirk de Jager photos

Just as January in Arizona signals the start of a new year for classic car enthusiasts in the United States, the first week of February kicks off the season in Europe with Retromobile, which is the largest show of its kind worldwide.

Held in the exposition parcs of downtown Paris, Retromobile is the place to see and to be seen, and the number of languages you’ll hear as you visit the displays and auctions is astonishing. Continue reading

Eye Candy: Goodwood Revival 2015 (Part 2)

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Youngsters try out the pedal cars used for the Settrington Cup competition at the Goodwood Revival | Dirk de Jager photos

Editor’s note: We got so many amazing photos from the Goodwood Revival that we’re adding a Part 2 to the Eye Candy gallery we published yesterday. Enjoy! Continue reading