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Kay Hottendorff at the wheel of Michel Dovaz' unrestored 1937 Cord 812 SC Custom Berline
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Ard op de Weegh, Kay Hottendorff & Arnoud op de Weegh - Het lot van de Slapende Schoonheden - 2008, De Alk & Heijen
First restored Sleeping Beauty - 1948 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Competizione (photo Dominique Delcros, 1984)
Sleeping Beauties - Barn find museum in Sarlat 1989-90 - Advertising poster showing unrestored Bugatti Type 44
Sleeping Beauties - Barn find museum in Sarlat 1989-90 - unrestored 1941 Lincoln Continental (photo Edmund Nankivell)
Sleeping Beauties - Barn find museum in Sarlat 1989-90 - unrestored 1951 Ferrari 340 America Berlinetta Ghia (photo Edmund Nankivell)
French chateau still hosting ten unrestored Sleeping Beauties (photo Kay Hottendorff)
The gates of the famous Sleeping Beauties garden south of Paris, France (photo Kay Hottendorff, 2007)
1937 Cord 812 Supercharger Custom Berline between two other unrestored Sleeping Beauties (photo Kay Hottendorff, 2007)
Unrestored Tatra 600 Tatraplan from the Sleeping Beauties collection - still a barn find (photo Kay Hottendorff, 2007)
Restored Sleeping Beauties title photo car - 1935 Bugatti Type 57 Ventoux, chassis # 57286 (photo Kay Hottendorff, 2008)
Ard op de Weegh, Kay Hottendorff & Arnoud op de Weegh - The Fate of the Sleeping Beauties - 2010, Veloce Publishing
Ard op de Weegh, Kay Hottendorff & Arnoud op de Weegh - Het lot van de Slapende Schoonheden - 2008, De Alk & Heijen
Starting in 1983 the photo series "Sleeping Beauties" of German photographer Herbert W. Hesselmann became world famous. His "Sleeping Beauties" photos of 50+ mostly highclass classical cars decaying in a French garden have been published in various international magazine. "Der Stern" (D), "Geo" (F), Automobile Quarterly (USA) or Supercar Classics (UK) prepared success for two "Sleeping Beauties" books to follow (1986 & 2007). The public lost sight of the collection after it had been removed from the Sleeping Beauties garden to an unknown destination in the middle of the 1980s. Unfortunately none of the publications told the stunning backgrounds of this collection or what happened to it after the relocation. Together with Ard & Arnoud op de Weegh, two friends from the Netherlands, I wrote a book to fills this gap. Special thanks to former Sleeping-Beauties-owner Michel Dovaz for his kind support and to my co-authors Ard & Arnoud, who invested a tremendous amount of work to make this book a success. Please read the back cover text: 

Say ‘Sleeping Beauties’ to committed car enthusiasts and they will immediately know what you’re talking about: a world famous 1980s photo series, showing an extraordinary collection of classical automobiles rusting away in a French barn, neglected by their owner. Famous brands like Bugatti, Lancia, Ferrari, Alfa Romeo, Cord and Aston Martin, laying under thick layers of dust, spending their remaining days falling apart in isolation.
Many have tried to find out what happened to these cars over the last twenty-five years - decayed? destroyed? sold? - but all leads fizzled out ... until two Dutchmen and a German hung on where others had given up. In true Boy’s Own style, their book tells of the three-year-long search for the fate of the cars from that French barn. It tells the story behind the collection’s origins in 1948, through the moment in 1983 when the famous photos were published, up to the day in 2007 when the authors talked to the current 79 year old owner - a man who finally broke his silence about the fate of his collection for the first time in 25 years.
Ard op de Weegh, Kay Hottendorff &
Arnoud op de Weegh
"The Fate of the Sleeping Beauties"
2010, Veloce Publishing, 160 pages,
£ 29.99,  ISBN: 978-1-845840-70-9

Sample PDF
The first restored "Sleeping Beauty", an extremely rare
1948 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Competizione
(photo Dominique Delcros, 1984)
Unrestored Bugatti Type 44 on an advertising poster for a temporary barnfind museum
in the French city of Sarlat, which hosted 26 of the "Sleeping Beauties" between 1989 and 1990
Unrestored
1941 Lincoln Continental
in a junk shop diorama within the Sarlat museum
(photo Edmund Nankivell, 1989)
Unrestored
1951 Ferrari 340 America Berlinetta Ghia
in a temple diorama within the Sarlat museum
(photo Edmund Nankivell, 1989)
French château,
which still hosts ten of the "Sleeping Beauties" in unrestored condition
(photo Kay Hottendorff, 2007)
The gates of the famous "Sleeping Beauties" garden south of Paris, which doesn't host cars anymore since the relocation in the mid 1980s (photo Kay Hottendorff, 2007)
Unrestored
1937 Cord 812 Supercharger Custom Berline
between two other unrestored "Sleeping Beauties"
(photo Kay Hottendorff, 2007)
The still unrestored
Tatra 600 Tatraplan
from the "Sleeping Beauties" garden, meanwhile stored dry
(photo Kay Hottendorff, 2007)
Some of the example photos shown here didn't even make it into the book. The new book contains a selection of more than 250 photos from all stages of the collection and the single cars, covering almost seven decades. Have fun with the backgrounds of a famous collection, the true story about it and the solved mystery about "The Fate of the Sleeping Beauties".
The most famous "Sleeping Beauty", a meanwhile restored
1935 Bugatti Type 57 Ventoux,
during the presentation of the Dutch book in the famous Louwman Collection, NL
(photo Kay Hottendorff, 2008)
Ard op de Weegh, Kay Hottendorff &
Arnoud op de Weegh
"Het lot van de Slapende Schoonheden"
2008, De Alk & Heijen, 159 pages,
Euro 32,50,  ISBN: 978-9060133026,
Ard op de Weegh, Kay Hottendorff &
Arnoud op de Weegh
"Le destin des Beautés Endormies"
2011, Editions du Palmier,
120 pages, Euro 25,00,
ISBN: 978-2360590193,

This French language book is available via any good bookshop or via the publisher
(www.editions-palmier.com).
... book "The Fate of the Sleeping Beauties" -
backgrounds and fate of the famous Dovaz collection
Barn find book - Schlafende Auto Schönheiten wachgeküsst 2015
Ard op de Weegh, Kay Hottendorff &
Arnoud op de Weegh
"Schlafende Auto Schönheiten - wachgeküsst"
2015, Motorbuch Verlag, 192 pages,
€ 29.90,  ISBN: 978-3-613-03793-9

Endlich auch in Deutscher Sprache erhältlich !!!
(Finally available in German language as well !!!)

Übrigens: der etwas alberne Deutsche Titel wurde
vom Verlag so gewählt. Die direkte Übersetzung
der andersprachigen Titel hätte gelautet:
(By the way: the somewhat ridiculous German title
was chosen by the publisher. The direct translation
of the other languages' titles would have been:)
"Das Schicksal der Schlafenden Schönheiten"
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