NABOKV-L post 0020204, Tue, 15 Jun 2010 08:28:11 -0400

Dmitri Nabokov, Car Guy: Take Two ...

Dmitri Nabokov, Car Guy: Take Two
15 April 2010

By Roger Boylan

In November 2009, Autosavant published a short piece of mine entitled “Dmitri Nabokov begin_of_the_skype_highlighting end_of_the_skype_highlighting, Car Guy” about the cars in the life of Dmitri, son of the great writer Vladimir Nabokov, and himself a man of letters, noted car buff, and former racing driver. For the article I used mostly generic photographs, obtained online, of the models of cars referred to in accounts by him and various interviewers. Then, shortly thereafter, I entered into correspondence with Mr. Nabokov on this and other subjects, and he sent me what amounts to a family album of the cars of his life: a gesture typical of the generosity that has characterized his part in my dealings with him.

I have included his photographs in this short addendum to the previous piece. They and their captions are Dmitri Nabokov’s; the bracketed insertions, mine.

My very first car, a pedal-powered Mercedes

1959, Triumph TR-3A (my first race, in Monza)

My dear mother [Véra Nabokov] with the Bizzarrini Strada

My Alfa GTZ at the Parabolica curve, Monza

My turquoise 1957 MGA

Four of my cars in Switzerland: Ferrari 348 TB, Ferrari 456 GT, Viper, my second Ferrari 308 (GTBi Quattrovalvole)

My first red Viper RT-10

The Triumph again, in San Remo, with my parents [Véra and Vladimir Nabokov], aunt, and cousin

The last of my four Vipers, a rare GT2, of which 100 were built to celebrate Viper’s GT championship

The 308 GTBi with radio-controlled helicopter on the roof

The 348 TB near my place in Montreux

The first of my two MG TCs

My mother with my first Ferrari 308

My last Ferrari 308 (GTBi Quattrovalvole)

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