Thursday, 10 November 2016


Rodney Laredo, the author of our new book A Darracq called Genevieve – The story of veteran motoring’s most famous car was at Bonhams Veteran Car Run Auction and The Regent Street Motor Show at the weekend for the launch of his new book. Special thanks to Bonhams for hosting the launch and to the Louwman Museum for the presence of Genevieve at the event.

Genevieve is normally on display at the Louwman Museum, The Hague, Netherlands.

Bonhams Veteran Car Run Auction – Friday 4th November 2016

The Regent Street Motor Show – Friday 5th November 2016

The life and times of the world’s most famous veteran car!

A Darracq called Genevieve is the story of the car that starred in the Bafta award-winning Genevieve, Best British Film of the coronation year 1953 with an Oscar nominated music score by harmonica player Larry Adler. The film became the catalyst for unprecedented interest in veteran motoring worldwide.
Genevieve’s participation in the annual London to Brighton run for veteran cars, alongside her rival, a throaty, bright yellow Dutch Spyker, has become a legendary tale. But what of this 1904 French Darracq’s life before and after it’s film career?
Rodney Laredo’s in-depth biography of Genevieve is the first of its kind. It charts both the public and private life of this famous identity within the old car industry.
For more than forty years the author has collected an extensive pictorial and documented archive of material, through his own personal association with Genevieve and her respective owners and restorers in England, New Zealand, Australia, and Holland. Much of the material is new, and made available here for the first time.
Intriguing recollections – from those who starred in the film Genevieve, who were involved in its production, and who became friends of the author over a long period – are likewise included.

A Darracq called Genevieve by Rodney Laredo is available now! Click here for more information.

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