The Masterpieces of Automotive History in one Place: The Grand Basel 2018
Sponsored by Grand Basel
On September 4, 2018, the very first edition of Grand Basel took place, a brand new and exciting happening for car enthusiasts. I was invited by the makers to participate and photograph their event that took place in a stunning venue.
Grand Basel is a new project that presents masterpieces of automotive design. It took place for the first time this year as a world premiere in Basel, Switzerland, but there are also future editions planned in Miami Beach and Hong Kong. Grand Basel explores the relationship between cars, humans, nature, architecture and design, bringing together automobiles of the past, present and future in an unrivaled, pioneering setting. The show is a completely new approach to exhibiting, discussing and honoring the car.
All the cars were selected based on characteristics such as design, provenance, cultural value and historical significance.
It was a real pleasure to be there, to photograph and admire each car in detail. Here is my selection of photos to relive what was Grand Basel 2018!
A few years ago during my visit to Venezuela, I had the opportunity to photograph this great Porsche in a location that completely reflects what it once was and what it is today, one of the countries with the largest oil reserves. To put it in context, Venezuela between the 70s and 90s had the best moments in terms of economic growth, caused by the oil boom. But since the 40s, there was already a huge development in that industry. Somehow, it is relevant to point out that in the 50s, during the dictatorship, the president Marcos Perez Jimenez was passionate about cars, racing, and competitions. For instance, he used to close the entire streets of Caracas for racing, inviting renowned figures from the automotive world like Fangio to race with him.read more
Last summer in Berlin, I met Oliver and his wonderful 1990 BMW 750i. I’m a fan of big BMWs from the 80s/90s, they are very spacious and classy. One thing, in particular, I like about this car, was its red interior. I think it makes the car much more special.
Looking for the perfect location, as I always try to do, I found several options to make the car look great. As you know I am a big fan of coupes, but a sedan like this one always wanted to photograph. Here is part of what we did that sunny afternoon and some questions to Oliver about his 7 Series.
While I was in Barcelona, I had the chance to meet Joaquin and his amazing car. He brought me to the family’s garage to show me the impressive collection they have which is where I discovered one of the very first modern roadsters, the Lotus Elan.read more