Steel Beauty



Now don’t get me wrong. We love cars and girls. We don’t think we’re being particularly anachronistc or sexist to say that the offset of a beautiful woman with a beautiful piece of automotive design can lead to pleasing aesthetic results.


But, stumbling across these Audi press images, recently released to celebrate the four rings’ centenary, it seems to me that if you get the juxtapositions wrong, both female and auto form can be messed about in a field of misunderstood aesthetics. Images date. Fashions change. Cars and girls take on associations that were never intended by either the designers of the cars or the stylists of the girls.


Wether you were bought up on a diet of seventies pigtailed beauties in Custom Car magazine, leather and tatted Back Street Heroes, or slick and ghettofabulous Lowriders, there is an association with cool motors and hot girls that we’re not going to banish.

We think cars and girls are cool. You just have to get it right. We think photographer Neil Stewart , amongst others, does exactly that.


2 Responses to “Steel Beauty”

  1. Hi

    Well as someone who previously owned two Audi 100 Coupe S in the past then I agree that the yellow one with a yellow field and yellow lady can be somewhat ‘yellow’ but there is no denying that the 100 Coupe S was a superb motor at the time (still is in fact). Yet Audi has almost been ‘ashamed’ of this period of it heritage – it’s only since the A5 (5 door) that it draws some reference to the old Coupe. Try getting parts for any of their cars built between 1968 – 82 (apart from the Quattro) and you will see what I mean. Audi should be ashamed and should look to its forebearer VW and Mercedes for some true lessons in heritage (ironically it was Mercedes who sold Audi the ‘rights’ to the engine that really got them going with the 90, 100LS and 100GLS)

  2. Keith Sowden

    The picture in yellow is absolutely gorgeous, but I’m not too sure about the car; in those days Audis used to RUST, as I know to my cost. Fortunately, the later ones are rust-proofed.