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The World’s Largest Collection of Automotive Art

Published: January 26, 2013 | 10:47 am
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The Dutch National Motor Museum, The World’s Largest Collection of Automotive Art
The Dutch National Motor Museum, aka the Louwman Museum, after its founder, P.W. Louwman, who began to show his collection of cars in his museum in Y 1934. Mr. Louwman was the Chryser-Dodge importer in the Netherlands, his Son, Evert, is now the Toyota and Lexus importer.

The Louwman collection is the oldest private collection of motor cars in the world.

The museum recently showed a special exhibition of pre-war Mercedes-Benz Silver Arrows, on loan from the Stuttgart Museum, and Italian and French cars are always well represented in the collection

Louwman’s will send the famous Roland Garros Black Bess Bugatti to the Paris Retromobile show in February.

In its 100 anni history, the Rolland Garros Bugatti had a number of significant owners, who together have accumulated an impressive amount of victories, often against competitors in more modern cars.
After the death of Roland Garros in 1918, the Bugatti became the property of Louis Coatalen, then Chief Engineer of the Sunbeam Motor Company Ltd. in Wolverhampton. During World War I he had designed the Sunbeam aircraft engines. In 1919 he was involved in the merger of Sunbeam with Talbot and Darracq to form STD Motors.

As Coatalen was born in Concarneau (Brittany) he spoke fluent French and was often in Paris. As a driver and an engineer he was greatly interested in fast and sporting cars.

Miss Ivy Cummings. Photo courtesy Octane.

Sometime between Y 1919 and 1921 the Bugatti was bought by Sidney Cummings, a car dealer at Fulham Road, for his daughter Ivy.

Miss. Ivy, Leona, Cummings was born in London on 27 October 1900. She began her ‘racing career’ at the early age of 11. While at a visit to Brooklands, Sydney was occupied watching the aircraft. As the legend goes, Ivy took the opportunity to start the engine of his car and nearly completed a lap of the steeply banked track unnoticed.

When she became 18, she started her legitimate racing career. At that time she also helped in the family business, and soon ran their garage at Putney Bridge Road, London. There she sold second-hand cars but often acted as a mechanic as well.

Miss Ivy, as she was called, participated in competitions in a number of cars; a GN ‘Akela’, a Vauxhall 30/98, a Frazer Nash, a Sunbeam, a Bugatti Brescia and of course the five-liter ex-Roland Garros, ex-Louis Coatalen Bugatti that she christened ‘Black Bess’, after the Black Stallion described in a popular book about the notorious highwayman Dick Turpin.

2 3 She used the 5 liter Bugatti in speed events and hillclimbs, achieving several class wins and records. In Y 1921 she participated with it in a race on the sands at Skegness, the only women driver. The next year she took her Sunbeam to Brooklands and won the Duke of York Long Distance Handicap. Handing her the prize The Duke of York congratulated her for her driving style.

Among her victories with Black Bess were the Bexhill Speed trials, the Sexton Hill climb near Scarborough and the Middlesex County Hill Climb. Driving a Bugatti T37, she led the 1926 Grand Prix de Boulogne France for the 1st 3 laps, before turning it over in a ditch on lap 4, the 3 laps accounted for a 25% of the 448 kilometer race.

Between Y 1919 and 1927 Ivy was a well-known and respected woman driver in the British world of motor sports.

After Ivy Cummings married Dr. Henry Warren-Collins, a radiologist, he persuaded her to give up racing. Ivy Cummings died on December 4th, 1971 in London.


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