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"Whip out your gun and follow that car." ~ Vladimir Nabokov
April 23, 2014 8:51 AM   Subscribe

Dmitri Nabokov, Car Guy [Part One], Dmitri Nabokov, Car Guy [Part Two]: Dmitri Nabokov, son of Vladimir: his father’s work (Lolita, Pale Fire, Ada, etc.), and cars.

Some stand out photos include:

- Véra Nabokov with the Bizzarrini Strada
- Four of Dmitri's cars in Switzerland: Ferrari 348 TB, Ferrari 456 GT, Viper, my second Ferrari 308 (GTBi Quattrovalvole)
- In San Remo, with Véra and Vladimir Nabokov, aunt, and cousin
- Vera Nabokov with a Ferrari 308
- Dmitri in Viper GT2
posted by Fizz (7 comments total) 7 users marked this as a favorite

"Vera Nabokov with a Ferrari 308"
I also need this to become a television show in the style of Magnum PI.
posted by Fizz at 8:52 AM on April 23 [2 favorites]

Alfa Romeo, light of my life, fire of my loins.
posted by dances_with_sneetches at 9:00 AM on April 23 [4 favorites]

Anyone who follows hockey is probably mildly befuddled at the moment.
posted by scrump at 9:07 AM on April 23 [1 favorite]

Few know of Evgeni Nabokov's off-season career as a novelist and lepidopterist.
posted by Madamina at 9:27 AM on April 23 [1 favorite]

Ironically, Vladimir Vladimirovich never bothered to learn to drive and was instead chauffeured everywhere by the devoted Vera. They both doted on Dmitri and took a great interest in his twin passions of car-racing and opera-singing.

Once Nabokov père's achieved international bestselling author status, Dmitri enjoyed the kind of lifestyle that his father might have if the Russian Revolution hadn't destroyed their family fortune. One can hardly begrudge him such an impressive selection of classic automobiles after his emigre/refugee childhood.
posted by Doktor Zed at 10:11 AM on April 23 [3 favorites]

One could probably get a master's thesis out of Volodya's car motifs, despite being a non-driver.
posted by dhartung at 6:02 PM on April 23 [1 favorite]

The kid's capable of hustling an Alfa GTZ through the Parabolica.

posted by Relay at 7:57 PM on April 23

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