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CAR CAVE

I came across Car Cave on Instagram through their beautiful photos. Each car that is for sale gets an impressive photoshoot somewhere on an industrial estate nearby and by doing so they create a distinct mood that runs throughout the website and defines their in-house style.

This caught my eye and digging a little deeper I discovered that Car Cave is situated in Hasselt, near my home town in Belgium. I therefore decided I would pay them a visit next time I am in the country.

Although Car Cave is not that easy to find tucked away at the back of an industrial estate, they are definitely worth looking for and are well situated to attract customers from Holland, Germany and France not far away.

They not only buy and sell cars but also store your cars for you or restores them when necessary. In addition, they organize CarCafé on a regular basis where car enthusiasts can gather and share their stories.

I turned up with my camera across my shoulder and was welcomed with an espresso and a good dose of car talk. All the staff at Car Cave are truly passionate about what they do and had time for me throughout the morning. After my coffee, I set off to discover a wide-ranging selection of cars and quickly discovered that there is something for everyone.

Are you a 1980s rally fan? Then the white Renault 5 Turbo2 on offer is just for you. If your heart beats American, there is plenty to look out for such as a striking 1960 Chevrolet Corvette C1 or the loud V8 1968 Chevrolet Camaro SS. If German machinery is your thing, there is plenty to go for too, a stunning first series Mercedes 190 SL sitting alongside a "Grand Prix white" 1993 Porsche 964 speedster. Somewhat surprisingly both the Mercedes 190E Evo 1 and Evo 2 stand next to each other and are available for sale. Not often do we see these together, you do at Car Cave.

The Italians are well represented too, with a Ferrari Testarossa, 512BB and a 348, but also a Lancia Fulvia and a beautiful Alfa Romeo Junior Z Zagato 1300 in Giallo Ocra, a car that does not find its way to the market often.

A few Land Rover Defenders and an Austin Healey or an impossibly impressive Pantera GTS are thrown in for good measure, it can all be yours. Car Cave is keeping them warm till you arrive.

You get what I am saying, this place is filled to the brim with toys worth owning. Looking for something special? Be sure to visit Car Cave. If you are not in the area and are passionate about cars, follow their Instagram page and their website for wonderful photos of very special cars.

Below you find a selection of photos I took during my visit showing their ever-changing fleet of cars. Enjoy these photos but be sure to also visit www.carcave.be for plenty of beautiful photos of their vast selection, taken by their own photographer.

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WAFT 4

Post has arrived and the packaging proudly boasts a ‘WAFT’ logo. Yes, Lies and Bart have been at it again and the magnificent WAFT 4 has finally arrived from Belgium.

Waft 4 is available as ‘standard’ or a ‘Friends of the House’ version limited to 250 copies. I opted for the limited edition one, which celebrates cars and music and comes in a box made from a unique LP cover featuring a cool car. Each limited edition is different and a one-off in a way. Mine is number 53, Christopher Cross. Opening the box reveals a wonderful book as well as ‘The Rainbow Porsche’ on Dibond signed by Rainer Buchmann.

The book is filled with many exciting and unique stories that celebrate car culture like no other book does. Time to put on the LP, which is included, and start reading.

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Out of Hibernation

The last snow has melted, you have put your winter jacket back in the wardrobe and are desperately looking for your sunglasses. Spring has arrived and the sun beats down on your face. Those of you living in an area with cold winters will know exactly what time it is. Yes indeed, it is time to uncover your beloved car and bring it out of hybernation.

I have been doing this ritual for years now and uncovering my car after a long winter still remains a very special moment.  As I lift the heavy soft cover from one corner of the car I can not hide my excitement.  Like a surgeon I meticulously insert the battery which has been charging in the cellar over the winter and connect it. I open the driver door, get in and let the door fall shut. Ah, very satisfying to hear that typical Porsche ‘clunk’ again. Key in my left hand, I insert it and hesitate… will it start, I wonder? I turn the key and without a moment’s hesitation my car jumps to life emitting its beautiful air cooled flat six sound. My mind tells me off for doubting that she would start, after all she has started first time round every year since I have been doing this.

As I let her tick over I take in the smell and feel of its interior. There is something very satisfying about the purity of older cars that modern ones just can’t offer anymore.

Once everything is up to temperature it is time to take her out into that spring sunshine. Let the new season begin. I hope you enjoy bringing your car out and stretching its legs after a long winter sleep just as much as I do.

Jochen