We are very happy that our very first test drive of our Gar Wood Speedster “Miss Persia” was recorded live and in color today – the WDR filmed a wonderful contribution and we would like to thank the WDR team for these recordings and the friendly disposition. Have fun and enjoy “history as it happens!”
Our little “Smitty”, a 1953 Tarz Speedster, built in the former GDR or rather in East-Berlin by the boat builder Fritz Tars, was chosen this year to take part in what is probably the world’s most famous Concours d’Elegance for classic boats! We are, admittedly, very proud, as this selection alone is an award and accolade in itself, but of course we now also need every single vote to receive this year’s People’s Choice Award 2020 – so take part and by September 7th at the latest, oh well, it’s best to vote for our SMITTY today! 🙂 Thank you very much in advance!
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The Gents Barn team wishes all of our dear customers, fans and friends of classic locomotion wonderful and relaxing holidays, a great, contemplative Christmas and a happy New Year! See you again or get to know each other in 2020!
Today Gents Barn was at Boot & Fun as well as the classic car fair Motorworld Classics in Berlin! There was a lot to see for all enthusiasts of classic boats and classic cars – we think it’s always worth the trip to Berlin in the cold winter! Our managing director especially maintained contacts in the classic boat scene and stayed in hall 23 with the classic boats. In addition to many good conversations with friends and boat lovers, there was no shortage of talking “the woodyboater way” – a great day and we are already looking forward to next year. So we’ll see you from 18th to 22nd November 2020 – in Berlin, of course!
On Sunday, the new TÜV HANSE ClassiC calendar 2020 will be presented to the public at the 13th TÜV HANSE classic car meeting in Hamburg – Gents Barn is happy to have been included in this wonderful 2020 calendar with great vintage car photographs by Carlos Kella! Many thanks to TÜV HANSE and TÜV SÜD AG as well as Sway Books for choosing our woodie. The calendar is available for order here! The Hamburgers and Hanseaten among you, we wish for today’s classic car meeting at TÜV HANSE a lot of fun and the best weather! Ahoy from the Hanseatic city of Greifswald!
Today was officially the first day of the Techno Classica Essen and, of course, Gents Barn was also there, maintained the network and received the latest information on the classic car market – first forecast: The vintage car industry is doing amazingly well, all the halls were packed and customers are ready to pay a fair price for good quality. Many cars had already changed hands on the preview day as well as today, especially in the Youngtimer (1980s and up) segment. Finally, thanks to a friendly invitation from the management, we were able to attend the local RM Sotheby’s auction – again, the high quality cars quickly changed hands. We are curious how the next days will be, but it was a good start to the season. See you soon – here at Gents Barn.
Right at the beginning of this year, we got some great news – Boot Düsseldorf is giving our legendary and unique Miss Persia, the only Gar Wood Speedster produced in 1936 and the former boat of the Shah of Iran, a special place at its anniversary fair, the 50th edition of this world leading trade fair for boats and water sports!
Almost exactly 83 years after its first exhibition at the 1936 Chicago Boat Show, Miss Persia is now – although not yet completely assembled, but with dozens of layers of fresh varnish – for the second time at one of the world’s largest boat fairs, what an honor.
So if you’ve ever wanted to see the resurrection of the Miss Persia up close, you can do so now – in the “classic boat” hall 5, booth B02, both our Miss Persia and our future replacement engine, the Packard 1M-245, will be featured throughout the fair. Of course, we are very happy about this great sign from the fair organizers and thank them in advance.
If you would like to get to know the proud owner and Gents Barn founder in person, you can meet him on the first day of the fair, January 19th.
See you soon – at Boot Düsseldorf, open from 19.-27. January 2019.
Although many recreational captains and hobby skippers do not enjoy water or land in winter, there are plenty of things to enjoy at Gents Barn this Christmas – our original Gar Wood Speedster, the legendary Miss Persia, has reached the important phase of painting. It is now slowly revealing exactly the views, as it came out of the factory in Marysville, MI, USA at Gar Wood Inc. – well, let’s rather say in the finest manufacturing work and in many hours this beauty was created by master craftsmen. Only fourteen Speedsters were built and just half of them survived – our Speedster has long been lost, but the multi-year, very hard and international search was worthwhile. Be curious about what will happen over the Christmas holidays and return to the public in Spring 2019 – our legendary Miss Persia will amaze you for sure.