8/20/2000 HEADLINE NEWS!
CONGRATULATIONS TO JACQUES FOR WINNING FIRST IN CLASS AND HIS FIRST BEST OF SHOW WITH THIS CAR AT THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE PEBBLE BEACH CONCOURS de ELEGANCE! ... WELL YOU DID IT MY FRIEND ... AND NO ONE DESERVES IT MORE! MANY FIRST IN CLASS OVER THE MANY YEARS ... AND NOW BEST OF SHOW WITH THIS MOST WONDERFUL CAR!
Regards from your friends
Doc & Becky Hemp
Jacques beautiful daughter Deborah ... Who Becky & I really like a lot!
Go to Jacques at Pebble Beach Now
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Restoring a 1937 Figoni et Falaschi # 676
Jacques & Betty Harguindeguy
RE: Picking up The Fi FA 676
Sun, 9 Jul 2000 08:54:26 EDT
Today It will be home, late this afternoon. Tomorrow to the upholstery shop.
Naturally Ken Nemanic will do it. His the best there is, he has done many cars for
me over the years and for others.
Some of you had a chance to see the car when it arrived here from Switzerland
in December 1997. Especially Joe Brilando and Richard Adatto. Richard knows
what I went trough before I decided to restore it. It took about 8 months to
see if I had Balls enough to engage in another complete restoration. There
where some modifications that where done over the years like adding rear view
Mirrors on fenders, radio antennas, larger tail lights, lugage rack on the deck
lid, and extra parking lights, etc.,... I could go on and on.
I also wanted somebody
to restored it close to my residence, so I could drive up and see it at a
moment notice. so I decided to go with Perfect Reflection in Hayward, 45
minutes from my house. The shop owner is Brian Hoyt.
Brian also Has two guys that worked on car
that are very talented: Ken Lawrence (Knows where to have things repaired or
reproduced) they don't talk much but get things DONE. and Bill? All I can say
about him is he is a jack of all trades and master of all trades. What I really like about
this shop is that they all are excited about the project, especially the owner
I also want to thank a friend I made last year David (Doc) Hemp that
put in a web site for me recounting the restoration of the 676.
Oh yes If
anybody wants to know who built the Body Parts. It is 100% original, Guess
there is no rusty cars in the Czech Republic.
And DOC & Becky Mercy Beaucoup. In Basque: Milesker
To all others See you soon
RE: Back home again in Walnut Creek Ca. July 9TH 2000
Fri, 14 Jul 2000 11:33:02 EDT
After 15 months of dreaming, frustrations, sleepless nights, picking brains,
many phone calls, faxes, emails. etc. ... 15 months later here she is. Colors,
upholstery, complete drive train etc. are as original. It is the best I could do.
Color was (gris Lumiere) light gray and
(Rouge Foncee) dark red. And we found many areas to duplicate the color
combination. Same goes with interior, dash, etc.,
There are many people I have
to thank and here are some of them. Bernard Aristeguy that told me about the
rare find. Cristoph Grohe That i purchased the car from. Philippe Looten,
Good friend of many years and President of The Delahaye Club. Andre Vaucourt,
Club Archivist. Xavier Tassel, Club parts men and extra expert on
originality. Claude Figoni For his great support and knowledge. Maurice
Ragout, Restorer of many French cars and Got some rare parts from him. Plus
these many people here in the US That where instrumental on me pursuing this
undertaking, Some of them no longer with us Like My dear friends Lorin Tryon
and Dave Holls and Frank Hershey. Hope they could see it now. We all car
nuts gone miss them so much. Some guys I especially like to thank are:
Richard Adatto, my old friend and side kick and an expert on Delahaye And
Talbot Lago cars. Brian Hoyt and his crew who restored the car. Malcom Pray who sent me photos of his car. And, Last but not
least Dave (DOC) and Becky Hemp Who put my web site together. Note: You got
to know these people. Nobody Better then these guys.
So long for now And bientot: Jacques
Hey? ... Is that BAT MAN on the pavement?
(grin - Hee-hee!)
8/2/00 This is Jacques's Figoni Falaschi below just finished being restored It is just like one that is owned by Malcom Pray. Both are the only ones left in existence with the short wheel base out of 11 total cars built. GEO.HAM was the illustrator of these cars ... Malcom's is #7 and Jacques's is #6. The #1 car was purchased by Prince Ali Khan in 1936 at the Paris Auto Show for $27,000! He had the car repainted black before delivery. That car no longer exists, but there are a lot of photos remaining.