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  • SAH Journal cover story by David Cooper about the 1943 Alfa Romeo

    (September, 2015) The follow up story on the SAH Journal (Society of Automotive Historians Journal), page 4, features an article about the 1943 Alfa Romeo in restoration at Cooper Technica, written by David Cooper.

    SAH Journal cover story by David Cooper about the 1943 Alfa Romeo
  • Veloce Today, an online magazine, published on August 11, 2015

    (August 11, 2015) Part 2 of a two-part article about the 1943 Alfa Romeo in restoration at Cooper Technica, written by David Cooper.

    Veloce Today story by David Cooper about the 1943 Alfa Romeo
  • Veloce Today, an online magazine, published on August 4, 2015

    (August 4, 2015) Part 1 of a two-part article about the 1943 Alfa Romeo in restoration at Cooper Technica, written by David Cooper.

    Veloce Today story by David Cooper about the 1943 Alfa Romeo
  • SAH Journal cover story by David Cooper about the 1943 Alfa Romeo

    (July 15, 2015) The cover story on the new issue of the SAH Journal (Society of Automotive Historians Journal) features an article about the 1943 Alfa Romeo in restoration at Cooper Technica, written by David Cooper.

    SAH Journal cover story by David Cooper about the 1943 Alfa Romeo
  • Michael Argetsinger 1945 - 2015

    (July 7, 2015) My friend and one of the founders of the Chicago Loop Auto Sport Society (CLASS), Michael Argetsinger, passed away last Tuesday, July 7th. While others wrote in their eulogies about his great racing history, his work for the International Motor Racing Research Center at Watkins Glen and his superb books on Walt Hansgen, Mark Donahue and Formula One Racing in America, I want to talk about his generosity to me to a fellow author. I was working on an article about an Alfa Romeo Mille Miglia car from the 1940s and a book about Standard Oil heiress Millicent Rogers, the first owner of a rare 1937 Delage D8-120 Aerosport. Michael cleared his schedule. I told him about how Millicent worked closely with British and American intelligence during WWII. Michael loved the story. He wanted to know all the details, read everything carefully, offered sound advice, critiqued my work and asked sharp questions about my research. He gave of his time freely and I treasure the many lunches we had together. My work improved immensely due to his thoughtful suggestions. Finally, one day he said that the best thing he was told as an author was to stop researching and start writing. "You have plenty of information," he said. The depth of Michael's knowledge went far beyond cars and racing, and we spoke often about his experiences in Europe living in the late 60s through most of the 70s. I will miss him.

    David Cooper & Michael Argetsinger

    Here is an obituary from AutoWeek:http://autoweek.com/article/racing/motorsports-author-michael-argetsinger-dies-70.

  • Margaret Dunning, 1915 - 2015

    (May 18, 2015) Margaret Dunning, America’s oldest car collector, died the other day, a few days before her 105th birthday. She was quite a remarkable person, and I was fortunate to have spent time with her at several Concours d’Elegance over the past few years.

    Here is a photo that was taken of the two of us at the Glenmoor Gathering. When this photo was taken my friend Nigel Matthews asked Margaret if she was willing to have her photo taken. She said yes, but then looked at me, dressed in my judge’s clothing, and said, "Young man, come over here and get in the photo." I did, of course. As soon as I was standing next to her she whispered under her breath, "This is how I get attractive young men to stand next to me."

    David Cooper & Margaret Dunning

    Here is an obituary from Hagerty Classic Cars.

    A few days before she died Margaret had the chance to realize one of her dreams, which was to see Jay Leno’s car collection and meet Jay. She could not have been more excited. We are all blessed to have known her.

  • Conservation & Design Newsletter article by David Cooper about the 1943 Alfa Romeo

    (May 14, 2015) Conservation & Design, an online magazine directed to museums and art curators world-wide, recently published an article by David Cooper about the 1943 Alfa Romeo we are currently restoring. This article was adapted from a presentation by David Cooper in October 2014 for the Historic Vehicle Association Automotive Heritage Summit in Washington D.C., in conjunction with the Smithsonian Institution.

    "Conservation & Design Newsletter article by David Cooper (1Mb)

  • Hagerty Classic Cars Magazine article about David Cooper

    (April 27, 2015) David Cooper was recently profiled in Hagerty Classic Cars Magazine. Author Michel Lamoureux wrote a beautiful piece based on over four hours of interviews. More...

    " Hagerty Classic Cars Magazine article about David Cooper (460kb)

  • An Evening With Peter Brock, designer of the Corvette Sting Ray and Shelby Daytona Coupe

    (April 23, 2015) Peter came to Cooper Technica in a charity event sponsored by the Concours d'Elegance of Chicago to benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities. He discussed how American and European design ideas and philosophies, especially with the advent of aerodynamics, influenced his design work. You can see photos from the event on our Facebook Page.

  • 1948 Delahaye 135M at Cooper Technica featured in new book on coach builder Jacques Saoutchik

    (Nov 22, 2014) Here is a link to the chapter I wrote about our Delahaye in the 3-volume book Jacques Saoutchik—Master Coachbuilder, by Peter Larsen and Ben Erickson, published last August by Dalton Watson. We are proud to announce that the Saoutchik book was named Publication of the Year 2014 at the International Historic Motoring Awards. The 500 copies printed in the first edition of the three-volume book were sold out six months after publication.

    " JACQUES SAOUTCHIK:MAÎTRE CARROSSIER", by Peter Larsen, ©2014, used with permission. (3.2Mb)