Internet connects people. People like the team behind the CineCars website. Today we return to analogue ages with a visit to the Louwman museum.
They waved us goodbye, the good people at home. They waved until they could no longer see us, until we disappeared into the sunset. We, ourselves, didn’t look back for long, aimed for the horizon. To the destination of this here school trip. an exciting day it is, full of new stuff and as cherry on the cake a trip to the playground. That’s how it feels, when the CineCars editors troop together in the big hall of the Louwman museum in The Hague. No mail contact, no hurried messages on Facebook, not even an app to ask the late comers when they think they’ll arrive. For one day CineCars is an old fashioned bunch of colleagues meeting in real life. Gathered from all corners of the country to enjoy this prestigious museum and each others company just for the day.
Our group is complete, sharply we listen to the short history of the museum, told to us by Ronald Kooyman, director of the museum as an introduction to today’s tour. He leads us down the hall towards the impressive theatre elsewhere in this extraordinary building, conceived by architect Michael Graves. On to the library, where rows and rows of book form the reference surrounding the working place of Mister Louwman himself. Impressive to say the least. This is where we part, where a busy agenda collides with our visit and we are left in the capable hands of our tour guide for today, Michel. If we were a little excited about todays school trip, now we really can’t wait any longer to be unleashed into this walhalla for the classic car enthusiast.
Eight full grown blokes, some with ever more mature camera’s aiming at every possible subject. That’s how we disappear into a world that slowly starts picturing an image of the development of the automobile and the twentieth century in particular, through a display of century old coaches and the first motorised carriages. Of course we are aware of the history, none of us are novices in the world of the combustion engine, but it is the way things around here are displayed that turns it into something truly special. It is the abundance, not just the numbers, that make this museum so very special. That makes this experience truly unique. Of course, no collection is ever complete, not even when you are roaming around the eldest private collection in the world. But still, the Louwman museum is something special. The setting, the decoration, the abundance and of course the many unique classic cars.
It is not easy, we intended to take photographs of the editors posing in front of their favourite vehicle. There is too much choice, the entirety is to overwhelming, even when many of us have been here before. At the end of the afternoon, that simply seemed to have past without anyone noticing, it is hard to leave the premises. Not physically, you’ll understand, but it is simply hard to close the door behind you after witnessing all this beauty. So many impressions, so many questions, so many opinions. Maybe that is what this museum does best, making its visitors think. About what they have seen, but even more, about what it is they haven’t seen.
One by one we slowly take our places in the coach. Someone has some sweets left to share. Bit by bit the buzz fades, silence taking its place. Until we turn into a road we recognise. ‘Guys, everyone hide under the seats…’
Marc GF Zaan