Louwman Museum – Profile Page Three
Automobilia and Racing
On this, the first floor, we find a large collection of all-original posters a was as a number of significant paintings. The works of F. Gordon-Crosby are plentiful and highly recognisable. Evocative scenes of classic Grand Prix racing makes you want to look at them for ages but there is still a long way to go in the Museum! American artist Peter Helck is also well represented. Various items with motoring motifs are displayed, these being more curio”s than significant contributors to automotive history.
Leaving this area we cross a wide open space where a pre WW1 plane is suspended. This is a replica of a French Farman plane, as used by the fledgling Dutch Air Force. Spyker, of which more anon, built this plane under license during WW1. It therefore deserves a place in the Museum.
Next is the sports/racing section, starting with the 1904 Napier, which participated in the 1904 Gordon Bennett race. It was prior to this race that the “racing colours”, like British Racing Green and French blue were determined.
There is a strong Le Mans feel about this first part with three actual winners (Chenard Walcker 1923, Lagonda 1935 and Jaguar 1957) being displayed. Other cars on show have either finished or taken part in various other Le Mans races.
Early seventies sports cars are there as well, among which the Can-Am series winning McLaren M8F of Peter Revson (the real McCoy this one) and a 707 Can-Am March.
A small section of Indy cars is provided, a “works” Hudson and a Watson roadster. This section will be expanded in due course. Racing Red is well represented with Maserati, Alfa Romeo and Ferrari, which you better go and see for yourself! There is no point in telling everything!