Fabrizio D’Aloisio is a man after our own heart. The Swiss photographer and creative director, who also handles corporate communications for that icon of the good life, the town of St. Moritz, has just come out with his first book, and the title alone — Car Guys: The Culture of Owning a Classic Car — tells us it's a winner.
The 400-plus page, independently-published coffee table tome is dedicated to every aspect of owning and driving classic cars. D'Aloisio, who professes a love for all things vintage as well as "tennis courts, swimming pools and old five-star hotels," photographed the book exclusively in black and white.
In it he profiles 30 different owners of classic and vintage sports and luxury cars—some women as well as men—and lovingly photographs the rides, including classics like various Porsche 911s, a Jaguar E-Type, Aston Martin DB5 and an Alfa Romeo or two, in suitably stunning settings.
Interspersed throughout these vignettes are essays on owning, driving and appreciating classics that serve as an indispensable treatise on a subject that is dear to many of our hearts; even if only in an aspirational sense for some (for now).
In the "What Is a Classic?" section, Jan Baedeker, Editor-in-Chief of Classic Driver, notes, "In our own petrol-infused collector car bubble, we usually refer to a classic as an automobile that is at least 30 years old. But he prefers the the Oxford English Dictionary's definition: "a thing which is memorable and a very good example of its kind" as well as "an item of a simple, elegant and long-lasting style"– i.e. "an idea, design or work of art that is immune to the cycles of fashion."
And in the section titled "The Comfort of Things," Federico M. Fabbri, editor of Motoringtitude, notes, "In this age of mass consumption, where time quickly moves towards an unpredictable and unshaped future, we all need some sort of legacy from the past, from those glorious years when life was free of the social and environmental pressures we have now."
As Baedeker adds, "Sometimes, it seems that classics are an antidote to the fast-paced digital world in which we are living—they give us something to hold on to. In a world of constant change, they comfort us and make us feel at home, wherever we are."
Order a copy for yourself at carguys-book.com, because you deserve it and so does your private library. And then be prepared to order several more as gifts because it's just too damn good not to share.