Ms. Quirina Louwman inherited her love for classic cars from her father, Evert Louwman, who has been very involved with cars all of his life. Her grandfather started collecting cars in 1934 whilst building a business as an importer and distributor of cars. Her father’s biggest passion is in early cars (vintage and veteran) but the family has cars of all ages up to the current day so she has great interest and experience in all periods.
Post her MBA, she studied Interior Design at KLC (London) before completing Christie’s’ one year course, to understand the art world and business and is involved in the Louwman Museum, which is one of the most extensive automotive museums in the world, as well as some family businesses.
She has been a judge at Chantilly, since its inception in 2014 and has been a judge at Zoute Concours d’Elegance, 2016. She is also a regular attendee and participant at various Concours events around the world for many years, including Pebble Beach and Quail Lodge.
First classic car, she drove was a SEAT 600 in which she learned to drive but the first car she displayed at an event was a 1903 Model A Ford, on the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run, when she was 19 years old. It was a steep learning curve being so different from the modern (or even classic) cars she had driven.
Soon after that, she drove an Aston Martin DB3 in the Mille Miglia; ‘it was Peter Collins’ Mille Miglia and Monaco Grand Prix car, so very special!’ She exclaims. She has some of her own cars which are regular at rallies, races and also hit the road quite often.
She has competed in events such as Le Mans Classic (Lotus 15), Monte Carlo Rallye Historique (Alfa Sprint GT), Silverstone Classic, Spa-Francorchamps 6 Hour meeting and Goodwood Revival. She is lucky to have driven a number of family cars (Jaguar D-Type, Aston Martin DB3, Maserati 4CM, Alfa Romeo 8C Le Mans, Darracq “Genevieve”) and have driven in the Mille Miglia and Goodwood Festival of Speed each seventeen times and the London-Brighton Veteran Run twenty times using family cars (Louwman Museum).
She first gained racing experience in the US (Skip Barber racing series) but now compete in European historic events.
Engineering Excellence of classic cars always impresses her but design novelty is even more interesting for her and the two are not always seen together. Rarity, design, originality and authenticity of a car particularly catch her attention.
She is a Collector and Driver and the Jaguar D-Type “long-nose”, 1904 Darracq “Genevieve”, Aston Martin DB3 – chassis #4, 1933 Alfa Romeo 8C Le Mans, 1922 Joswin Town Car and the 1922 Spyker C4 All-Weather Coupe are her personal favorite. She is lucky to have driven XKD606 quite a lot. Not just an important model of car, this car won Le Mans 24 Hours in 1957 with Ecurie Ecosse so is very historic as well as impressive to drive. The beautiful shape was developed for aerodynamic reasons and has become iconic.