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Old 23-10-08, 06:40 PM
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Dear All,

I had the pleasure of visiting the Bristol Kensington showroom in November 2003 having a long conversation with Mr. Tony Crook who introduced me to the philosophy behind Bristol Cars, further enhancing my passion and knowledge of the brand.

In my recently launched activity of freelance car stylist, I worked out a proposal for a reshape of the Bristol Blenheim bodywork, which I called the Brabazon, in order to align the main Bristol product line to the new styling direction inaugurated by the Fighter supercar.

This project does not have affiliation with Bristol Cars Ltd, although this would be welcome!

Please visit my website www.bertolio.it and let me know your opinions.

Best Regards

Giacomo Bertolio
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Old 23-10-08, 07:46 PM
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Boy-O-Boy is this an ugly design. Putting this model into production would
certainly resolve the current 18 months waiting time for a new Bristol
Blenheim!


Regards

Richard Levine
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Old 23-10-08, 08:15 PM
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Default Apologies to Giacomo - but...

My oh my! And you all think my beloved 412 is ugly!!!

Philippa
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Old 23-10-08, 09:13 PM
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Hi
Too much bulk, it reminds me of the ugly jobs those 2 german companies have done trying to update RR and Bentley.
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Old 23-10-08, 09:30 PM
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If one looks at the evolution of Bristol style, one notes that it began by
imitating the BMW. Then with the 401-403, it took on a most elegant design,
with curved form resembling a snow drift after a hard-wind blizzard. The
404-405 emerged more matcho, taking on an aero snout, form-follow-function
that slowly grew more refined up to the 411 after the unfortunate low point
of the 408. Then shall we say, Mr. Crook's singular personality began to
become more pronounced, especially in shaping the nose, as the cars became
remarkably less beautiful. By 2003, Mr. Crook's singularity gave us, well,
how would I say this? Perhaps Mr. Bertolio's design accurately reflects Mr.
Crook's design ideas in his later years.

As with all companies whose owner looms large, customers must take the good
(the car) with the bad (some of its visual design aspects). The evolution of
the current Blenheim is a case in point where the company itself advertises
the "Blenheim 3 Frontal Restyle" which "transforms your cars look and adds
value". This can be attributed to a new owner, younger, with his finger on
the pulse of his customers. Bristol Cars is doing rather well with their
designs, in my opinion. Now, if they would come out with Bristol's answer to
the Tesla...

As Mr. Bertolio's car for Bristol's future, it seems to be a Bentley nose
grafted on an AC Bristol type rear, and a high dashboard as in a Piper
Archer. Since he asks for opinions, rather than praise... Mr. Bertolio, it
is not a winner. In feeling it resembles the 1949 Triumph 2000 that sought
to exude the elegance with its wide wings and ostentatious design features,
but ended up looking like a trollup with bad makeup and too much hair. I say
this with the utmost respect for your efforts, but before launching a new
career, perhaps a few years in apprenticeship to Pininfarina might be in
order.


Claude
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Old 23-10-08, 10:13 PM
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Hi, reminds me of Franco Scaglione's 1953 design of the scalloped front wings of the first Arnolt Coupes and the one and only Bolide Deluxe scalloped winged prototype show car....and of course his BAT designs

Kenneth
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Old 23-10-08, 10:13 PM
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Oh dear,

I should have known better, well named.
The "Brabazon" was an ill conceived project at the wrong time.
It was to have catered for a class of person the 2nd world war had made
redundant.
It had an out dated method of propulsion was inconsidered for its time, only
got of the ground to be forgoten except for being one of Aviations greatest
failures.

I am with Philippa, even though I like my 407 better than my short lived
412, but
a Fighter I would love to drive and be seen in any day, I think the Brabazon
best
left to the history books. The car proposed car design sold to China.

I would rather like the next Bristol (an open top preferably) called a
Bulldog.
Sorry, but let Bristol progess slowly but surely with wonderful shapes
recalling
the past and paying complements to the old names that were deserved.

Silverton's, you are not doing a bad job, keep up the good work!

Nick Challacombe, old git and proud of it!
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Old 23-10-08, 10:27 PM
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It's nice that Sr Bertolio is interested in our motor-cars, and, from looking at the other cars on his website, he does have great talent. However, the Brabazon seems like the cars I drew during boring geography lessons on scraps of paper.............I couldn't see over the bonnet of those either ! I also opine that the Brabazon looks a bit too much like the Rover Turbine car of 1956 - repeat 1956 ! I have uploaded a picture as an attachment. Sorry to be so negative, Sr Bertolio. Try using a 411 as a basis.........everyone loves those.
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Old 24-10-08, 01:55 AM
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Giacomo, please be aware that Bristol enthusiast's tolerance for quirky designs does have it's limits!

The Brabazon is a non starter for me. I think the design is particularly ugly at the front and the body looks bloated and too big for the chassis.

Also, I think you should take a look at how your site renders in Firefox3.

Philippa - I don't think anyone has said the 412 is "ugly", just that it reminds people of a fridge Particularly white examples!

Kevin

PS. To my mind colour makes a huge difference to my opinion of the 412. I think they look much better in mid to darker colours.
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Old 24-10-08, 09:42 AM
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Dear Giacomo,

The best view is from above but even from here is is too bloated especially across the front section. The whole car appears too bulky and although you retain lots of glass with a light and airy cabin, the external scalloping of wheel arches simply looks ugly and out of character with the car. It probably robs the spare wheel spot of valuable space (have you ever looked inside the wheel arch compartments of a Bristol?).

As others have suggested, start with a 410/411 and work your ideas on improving the front and rear details. Having a narrow track makes curves on the side of body challenging especially when one considers the limited side to side space inside a Bristol.

My 406 from the rear reminds me of a Bertone designed Alfa 105 series with a sloping pert behind. The alteration I am having done to the front is merely to remove the ugly Lucas stuck on direction indicators (blinkers) whilst engendering a hint of 1950-60's Alfa Guilia air intake mixed with DB4 side and blinker lights (separate).

Like others, I think the RR slab front end far too blunt and square. If you want to hint at aeronautical past, then more aerodynamic curves and shapes should be employed. Don't Bangle-ise it either. The rear should be less fussy as well. I wouldn't bother with automating rear quarter lights as these are best handled by hand (if anyone is in the rear).
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Old 24-10-08, 09:43 AM
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OK so I, like many others, was quick to reply after seeing Giacomo Bertolio's "Bristol design". But then I started to think ............ might this be a hoax? Well he, the author, did say that a chat with Mr C at Kensington "further enhanc(ed) my passion and knowledge of the brand." I remember my first visit to Kensington and my chat with Mr C had the opposite effect! So perhaps it is a hoax?

If it is a hoax then perhaps his name "Giacomo Bertolio" is an anagram.

I came up with 3 possible solutions, but wondered if anyone else could help with a solution?

"Giacomo Bertolio" yields:-

1) A Robotic Ego Limo
2) A Big Coolie Motor
3) Ciao Big Ole Motor
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Old 24-10-08, 10:17 AM
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Personally I like the idea of automated rear quarterlights, although I'm
not sure how it would be done without being obtrusive.
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Old 25-10-08, 05:12 PM
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I can't believe this is for real. Is it designed to be produced in wood? Looks like the work of a child. Don't give up the day job.
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Old 25-10-08, 06:42 PM
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I think that if anyone wants to base designs on Bristols, then they are to be encouraged - on the basis that there is no such thing as bad publicity. I think we have been rather rude to Giacomo - keep up the good work! Not too keen on this particular design, but the Jana 08 shows definite potential. And thanks to whoever it was that mentioned the gas turbine Rover - that's exactly what it reminded me of, but I couldn't place it.

Andy Bernard
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Old 25-10-08, 09:29 PM
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Andy Bernard is correct; we designers of the future should be encouraged.
I would welcome other members' opinions on the attached car designs for the
proposed new Bristol Titanic. These are the shortlisted ones. Perhaps you
could all help me choose which one to make into a prototype. Mr Silvertongue
has told me he is very keen to see the chosen design so he can begin
applying Bristol traditions towards its final form.



Richard
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Old 25-10-08, 09:44 PM
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Richard Levine View Post
Andy Bernard is correct; we designers of the future should be encouraged.
I would welcome other members' opinions on the attached car designs for the
proposed new Bristol Titanic. These are the shortlisted ones. Perhaps you
could all help me choose which one to make into a prototype. Mr Silvertongue
has told me he is very keen to see the chosen design so he can begin
applying Bristol traditions towards its final form.



Richard
Remember, Richard, that the factory still has most of that job-lot of air-conditioning units they bought in 1971, so those will have to fit into the designs you offered. One can only hope they will, because all designs were worthy of.......continued on page 94.
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Old 25-10-08, 09:59 PM
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Perhaps you could all help me choose which one to make into a prototype.
Hi Richard,

I would like to vote for the second design "3G". I think it's stength is in combining the rounded curves of the 400 at the back with the sleek lines of the 411 at the front.

Philippa
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Old 25-10-08, 10:18 PM
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Default but...ugly!

I think you may like to read some tutorials on use of your design software as your design looks like a game car from the last decade, but an especially ugly one. Even the example car is better defined than your Brabazon...http://aliasdesign.autodesk.com/lear...%20Car_133219/
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Old 26-10-08, 11:36 AM
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Well done!
Your children must be proud of the example you are setting them!
Tongue firmly in cheek! As was the first rendition I am sure.

Nick
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Personally I like the idea of automated rear quarterlights, although I'm
not sure how it would be done without being obtrusive.
I briefly owned a mid-80s Nissan that had remote opening for the rear quarter windows. This was accomplished with some style, consisting of two levers between the front seats that looked and operated like aircraft throttle levers, and simply pushed and pulled the window by cable.

As for the Brabazon, I'm afraid I'm not a fan.
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