Today (16th May) I received a call from the producer to keep me updated on the status. The plan had slightly altered. Unfortunately mister Kroymans couldn't contribute to this item due to company related matters. Instead we would now be heading to Oud Beijerland to film at Koni. Then we would travel back to Neude square in Utrecht. The producer informed me he arranged permission at the local police department since this is a public square which is restricted for cars. When he informed them about the plan and the car he ended up in a interesting discussion about the 400. Due to this the permission aspect was almost overlooked and got easily sorted out afterwards. Part three of the day would be shooting and filming the car at a location nearby Hilversum. The fourth part will be done at the 26th of June. This part will take place at Munsterhuis, which is a known exclusive car dealer overhere on the east side of the country. Clearly they have the wanted Ferrari knowhow and expertise to present for this TV item. The producer did mention a F40 might show up which will be part of the filming as a funny hidden gesture driving by in the background.
The different locations does mean quite a bit of driving which I don't mind at all. I'm looking forward to it. I have also decided not to tell anyone about this making off. I will only release this blog once the item has been released on TV. Just curious if anyone would have seen it or will approach me about it. I bet they will ask me why I haven't told them about it. Make no mistake, I'm very happy with the 400, otherwise I wouldn't have bought it. And I love to show it but for other reasons then to please my ego only.
Yesterday was the day of the reportage. One of the camera guys did happen to be in my area and so we agreed he would visit my place. From there we drove together to the storage location to pick up the 400 and make it a combined drive. We went to a small village harbour in Oud Beyerland to make the first reportage shooting with the two presentors. The crew almost arrived together at once. In total the crew consisted of 8 people: 2 presentors, 2 camera men, 1 sound man, 2 production leads and 1 director. The item will be broadcasted on Dutch TV (SBS6) for a new program called "big boys". I suspect the title is also referring to the presentators. The idea is that each week one off the presentators can take a pick of their favorite car. Whereby the other clearly doesn't like the choice made. So it's up to the presentator to highlight and convince eachother why it's so special. The crew themselves were working for Autoweek which is part of the Sanoma holding that recently purchased SBS6. And apparently their senior management was pushing for a TV Car program.
Although the location was a quiet place the filmcrew and the car attracted some attention from some locals - mostly eldery people. At one point someone in his scootmobile was driving by on the set when they were filming, very funny. Of course lot's of lines/shots had to be done over and over again. Which resulted already in a delay in the day program. Some pictures I made during this shooting, so you can see how it looks like behind the scene:
After this we went to Koni to make the 2nd part. On this setting the relationship between Koni, Ferrari and Prince Bernhard was made. Overhere the car attracted a few employees outside of the office. Clearly, and not a surprise, a lot of car enthusiasts overthere. When I was asked by one of them what my involvement was I confessed I was the owner of the car. Which resulted in some further car discussions and the hobby cars they owned. One of the guys brought me some nice Koni goodies and the whole crew got a Koni shirt as a gift. Another guy was so friendly to look up a contact for Koni revision and he was also going to look into his contacts regarding windshield reproductions. This is also one of the reasons why I participated for this car program. First of all I consider it an unique opportunity and experience to get my car profesionally filmed. You meet up interesting people and locations which normally you don't meet or visit easily. The good thing is, it's all arranged for me and doesn't cost me any effort. Only taking a day off. And of course lending out my car.
Afterwards the director wanted to make some more local driving footage with both presentators in the car. This became another lengthy exercise. We finished around 19:30 that day and I sensed everyone was a bit tired. This included myself, although I hadn't done anything throughout the day. So onwards home we went. I couldn't resist to post the 400 Koni picture on my FB and my blog. Only as a teaser but without revealling the story behind it. Although the picture was liked by the majority nobody asked regarding the background of my visit. Which is perfectly fine though. We still had to do another part on the 26th. And the actual program will be broadcasted somewhere in September. That's another downer, I have to wait so long before I get to see the outcome and results. The filmer told me he would share the footage with me in advance. I'm really curious what it looks like.
That's it for now. In between I'm going to make a very nice road trip to Italy with the IHWC folks. Looking forward to that.
Well, some small suprise came in between. I met up with the guy behind www.cinecars.nl This was mostly a coincidence. Somewhere on FB I saw he offered the following t-shirt for sale. I thought it was a nice shirt to wear on my Italian trip. So I ordered one.
We had a quick chat via FB Messenger. I recalled his name on the Linkedin 365/400/412 forum. So I asked if he had one? And he had one in the past. As you will imagine this triggered of a nice short chitchat. After 2 weeks I still hadn't received my shirt, so I pinged him. Apologies were given and a new attempt made. Another 2 weeks went by and still nothing received. Since I'm now connected with him on FB I knew he was extremely busy. Besides that, it's only a t-shirt. But as I'm heading next week to Italy I wanted to have it. It appears he lives in a city next to mine. As I visit that city every week we met up and he brought me even two T-shirts as compensation. Since he also noticed my 400 Koni photo on FB he was interested regarding the background. As such I told him it was for a TV item. Since his company is also into media he was very interested and wanted to know more detail. So there you go, I have already buzzing the word about this TV item. The good thing is, I'm having another friendly and resourceful connection in the scene. I got invited for the upcoming Viva Italia event on the circuit in Assen. For this I will write a seperate event blog.
As I was curious about the next piece of filming that was suppose to happen next week I pinged the producer as I wanted to make arrangements in time. The next day I received his apologies as he was under the impression I was informed about the change of plan. He would contact me when he was back from holiday leave.
We are now another few weeks down the road and I still haven't heard from the TV makers. Not sure what's happening. Perhaps they have got enough material to broadcast. Would be nice to get some kind of update. Oh well.
Today, 4th september, I received an email from the production assistent. I was informed my car would be presented in the upcoming first broadcast on Saturday (6th Sept). It will be broadcasted on Saturday afternoon at 16:30 Not exactly prime time. Furthermore there was not much promotion done for this new car programm (as far as I can tell). I surely would not have known about it if I wasn't involved. Typical enough Autovisie (competitor of Autoweek) also is coming up with a new TV car programm - which is kicking of on Friday 5th. Saturday I'm occupied and can not even watch it that time. So I have to look it up on "uitzending gemist" and see if I can put it up on my blog. I also need to approach the filmer to get the filmed material.
On their website intro: http://www.autoweek.nl/bigboys/tv I saw one little comment regarding the 400i (it's a carb version though):
BigBoy van de Week
Iedereen heeft wel droomauto’s, en Edo en Roland zijn geen uitzondering. Elke week zetten de BigBoys daarom één van hun helden in de spotlights. Deze auto noemen we de ‘BigBoy’ van de week en die krijgt dus alle aandacht die hij volgens de Boys verdient. Het leuke is: Edo en Roland hebben allebei een hele andere autosmaak, dus ook hier ontstaan leuke, soms felle discussies. Belangrijker nog: de BigBoys nemen je mee op een verrassende ontdekkingstocht. Wat maakt de onbekende Ferrari 400i nou zo bijzonder?
Well, I guess I will know more on Sunday when I hope to see the rerun on Internet.
I just have watched this very first episode and it did look pretty good to me. I also saw one Tweet about the programm and one picture with the 400 on it. It's amazing how little material is used after 1 day of filming. But as said, I'm very happy with the content. And yes, we have all seen it, the front window is suffering delamination (milky window) - it's only a cosmetic problem so not very worrisome but still it's such a annoying spot. So if you have a front window (used or new) for a fair price I'm all ears.
I just have posted the Tweet on my blog and am curious to see what response it will trigger off. Till now I haven't heard or seen anything from anyone. I suspect the show did not attract much audience or attention.
Well, surprise, within 10 min the first response from a very close friend regarding the BigBoys Tweet post :-)
September 8th: And today someone on the Lancia Thema forum makes a posting about it. He recognized one of the areas of filming in his home town. That posting triggered of some further notice
September 23rd: Today I got a whatsapp message from a friend asking if I had provided a car for the Autoweek Test. He stated he saw my name on the episode of the Big Boys. Not sure where he had seen that as my name was not mentioned anywhere. Nevertheless a nice reaction. Didn't expect anymore really.
November 30rd: Since the last update I didn't got any further reactions. I have been trying multiple times to get the promised filming footage from the makers. Despite many reminders and promises they never provided me any material.
Story and case closed.
Update 28-5-2015: I noticed a while ago that someone uploaded the broadcasted series on YouTube which made it very easy to strip of the usefull parts and compile my section. It's now uploaded on YouTube as well. So perhaps a good timing to release this draft as well :-)