WALTER DE SILVA AWARDED DESIGN DOCTORATE FROM BOLOGNA UNIVERSITY.
The Bologna University, the oldest of the western hemisphere, established in a.m. 1088 has awarded the diploma of Doctor in Design to Walter Maria De Silva, 63, the Head of Design for the entire Volkswagen Group.
The ritual ceremony was attended by the top executives of the group and its twelve brand, including CEO Martin Winterkorn, as well as many friends.
The ceremony marks the launch of new courses in Design by the world-famous university under the leadership of Prof. Giovanni Leona, dean of the departure of architecture and co-ordinator of the new course "Design del prodotto industriale."
Giorgetto Giugiaro designed his first Ferrari, this unique 250 GT SWB, at Bertone at the age of 21. It is a light and elegant two (plus two) seater coupe with a low belt line, large glass area and a modern style. The patron who commissioned the project had indeed asked for a discreet and refined style in contrast with the “racing” character of the typical Ferrari.
The car was built by Bertone as a fuoriserie and was unveiled at the 1960 Turin’s Salone dell’Automobile.
At that time the bespoke 3.0 litre, 12 cylinders, Ferrari was simply known as 250 GT and introduced innovative light alloy wheels built by Campagnolo.
Aldo Brovarone and the Maserati A6GCS/53 Berlinetta
The gentleman who penned the stunning Maserati A6GCS/53 Berlinetta for Pinin Farina in 1953 recalled his first days at the famous coachbuilder and how he had the chance to create the beautiful sport car 61 year later, at the Concorso d’Eleganza di Villa d’Este.
The elegant gentleman is well known to the aristocratic circle that gathers on the shores of Lake Como in May. His name is Aldo Brovarone, and he is 88.