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Cats 'n Dogs

Beautiful scene at the recent Mondorf "Make a Wish" Classic Days & Concours d'Elegance 2017 in Luxemburg:
Three Beautiful and enormous bear-like dogs alongside an impressive T57 Atalante.

What they are watching: three big cats hiding in the bushes, see on the right!

Photographs: Jaap Horst



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September 24, 2017

Andrea & Alexandra Capra win main prize at Molsheim Festival

At the last (36th) Molsheim Festival, under threatening rainclouds, the annual public presentation was held on the Sunday 17th. Andrea Capra took not just one, but two impressive type 57's with him, not just the 57414 Saloon by Van Vooren (driven by his wife Alexandra), but also the first Type 57 Galibier, 57102.

The whole weekend took place under a constant threat of rain, which sometimes did come down by the bucketful. This was especially during the half-hour when the Bugattis could be taken out on the Anneau du Rhin, as a pre-programme of the 500 Nocturnes GT race. Rain came pouring down all the time! More about this later in an issue of the Bugatti Revue.

Some of the prizes:
Trophée de la Fondation Bugatti: 1st prize for the 57414 of the Capra's
Trophée Lalique: 1st prize for the 38221 Torpédo of Damien Bourgaux
Coupe des dames: 1st prize for the 44547 Cabriolet 4-places of Annick Friederich

57102 (and 57414), 38221 and 44547

September 24, 2017

Mullin’s Bugatti T57SC Atlantic Pushed to Best of Show Win

Chantilly, France, September 10 :
The famed event north of Paris , gave it’s top honor to Peter Mullin’s T57SC as it was literally pushed past all other contenders including some wonderful T57SC’s for a Best of Show win. Crowds gathered as Mullin and onlooker experts tried to determine why the ‘’Mona Lisa’’ of all cars would not start.
When the resident experts asked if it was just out of gas Mullin said, ‘’I am not sure. It just arrived by plane and I haven’t checked. ’’. The Bugatti Atlantic, Ex: Peter Williamson , was pushed onto the podium where Mullin said ‘‘She’s having a bad day’’. The Mona Lisa of all collector cars, as Mr. Mullin has dubbed her , was a shoe-in for the top award gleaming with it’s better than new restoration outshining several stunningly original SC’s . The Post War Best of Show went to a 1958 Ferrari Testa Rossa racer.

All Bugatti wins:

Best of Show Concours d'Etat
Pre-war: Bugatti 57 S Atlantic (1936)
Post-war: Ferrari TR 58 (1958)

Small & Big
1st: Bugatti Type Baby (1926) & Bugatti Type 35 (1926)

The Bugatti 57 S
1st: Bugatti 57 S Atlantic (1936)
Special award: Bugatti 57 SC Atalante (1937)
2nd: Bugatti 57 S Gangloff Coupé (1937)

Some of the photographs were taken by Chris Gardner, some by Mathieu Bonnevie

September 11, 2017
Auction result

Bonhams Chantilly Auction, France, September 10, 2017:

Bugatti "T43" Torpédo Grand Sport 1928, Chassis n° 44366, Estimate: €500,000 - 700,000: Not sold

Not strange that this car was not sold, as only the front / rear axle and gearbox were original, the rest new...

September 11, 2017

The Bugatti Chiron is officially the fastest car from 0-400km/h-0

With no new cars to reveal at this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show, Bugatti has instead used the opportunity to demonstrate just how fast the 1,479bhp Chiron really is. Not with an outright speed record (that’s scheduled for 2018…), but a record for the fastest car to accelerate from nought to 400km/h – or 249mph – and then back to nought again.

The time? 41.96 seconds, which doesn’t sound that fast in a world where a (albeit 600bhp) family saloon will hit 62mph in three. But let us assure you, it most certainly is. The acceleration bit took 32.6 seconds and 2.6km. Once the driver hit the brakes, it took him another 9.3 seconds and 491 metres to come to a complete halt. In all the run covered 3,112 metres – less than two miles.

Ah yes, the driver. It was none other than Juan Pablo Montoya, he of Formula One fame, and winner of the Indy 500 and Daytona 24Hrs, who said he would have “done anything Bugatti wanted” to drive a Chiron. He didn’t even wear a helmet for the record-setting run. He said: “It gave me such a feeling of security and reliability that I was entirely relaxed and really enjoyed myself during my two days with the car.”

0-400-0 km/h in 42 seconds: Bugatti Chiron sets world record

Above an image from the footage of the record run to 400 km/h. One wonders what was used to film the Chiron from?
The other car was in front until 370 km/h....

Click here to view the movie on this website

Click here to view on Youtube

Official press release by Bugatti:

A weekend in August 2017. It is dry and sunny and the wind conditions are calm. The Chiron rolls up to the start with racing driver Juan Pablo Montoya at the wheel. He has a long straight ahead of him. Using the Top Speed Key which is typical of Bugatti, he activates the Top Speed mode, which allows a Chiron to drive faster than 380 km/h. A signal is heard. He places his left foot firmly on the brake pedal. Montoya engages first gear and then activates the Launch Control. The digital display beside the speedometer acknowledges the command received and the 1,500 horses wake up. On your marks! Full concentration for the driver and team. Bugatti invited Montoya to complete the 0-400-0 km/h manoeuvre under real-life conditions to underpin the exceptional position of the Chiron in terms of braking and acceleration. He accepted, eager to meet Bugatti and the Chiron.

Montoya presses the accelerator to the limit with his right foot. The 8 litre W16 engine runs up to 2,800 rpm. The powerful turbochargers speed up and there is no doubt that this car is straining at the leash. Get set! Montoya releases the brake pedal. Go! The four wheels of the Chiron receive equal power and grip the tarmac with full force. The car shoots forward, developing maximum torque. The traction control prevents the wheels from spinning. In combination with ESC (Electronic Stability Control), it catapults the Chiron forward, keeping it firmly on track. Full acceleration. The time is running. The world flies past.

The incredible acceleration of the Chiron, its absolutely linear power curve and the enormous torque especially in the low engine speed range are the result of the two-stage turbocharging system developed by Bugatti especially for this vehicle. This is one of the outstanding technical features of the Chiron powertrain. To ensure maximum acceleration from a standing start without any “turbo lag”, the Chiron initially moves off with two turbochargers in operation. The other two units are activated from about 3,800 rpm.

The new high-performance tyres, once again developed by Bugatti together with its strategic tyre partner Michelin, now face extreme loading. At a speed of 400 km/h, centrifugal force converts one gram of rubber into 3,600 grams. A tire valve that only weighs 18.3 grams when stationary develops a hefty force of approximately 45 kilograms at that speed.

Only 32.6 seconds and just 2,621 metres later, the Chiron reaches the 400 km/h mark. With extremely fast reactions, Juan Pablo Montoya steps firmly on the brakes. Only 0.8 seconds after operation of the brakes, the rear wing, with a width of 1.50 metres, moves up to an angle of 49 degrees, forming an air brake that decelerates the Chiron extremely effectively. In the Top Speed mode at 400 km/h, the airbrake boosts the aerodynamic downforce on the rear axle by about 900 kg. That corresponds to the kerb weight of a Golf II. During full braking with a Chiron from 400 km/h, the force on vehicle and driver is about 2 g, similar to that experienced during the launch of a space shuttle.

The brakes of the Chiron, with their special carbon ceramic brake discs (diameter of 420 mm at the front, 400 mm at the rear) and brake calipers developed especially for Bugatti with eight titanium pistons on each wheel at the front and six at the rear, develop absolutely peak performance. After an incredible 9.3 seconds and 491 metres, the Chiron comes to a halt.

The V-Box 3i, the GPS-based measurement system used by the inspectors from independent testing and certification company SGS/TÜV Saar which supervised the tests, indicated 41.96 seconds. During this time, the Chiron only covered a distance of 3,112 metres. This means that the Chiron is significantly faster than its predecessor, the Bugatti Veyron 16.4, which raised a furore with its performance and caused an upheaval in the automobile world at the time.

The Chiron has set the yardstick for this driving manoeuvre extremely high. Wolfgang Dürheimer, President of Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S., says: “Bugatti is the first car brand that not only calculates how fast a car can go from zero to 400 to zero on a computer. We actually drove it. Where others are satisfied with theory, we validate our data with real-life values. Just like we did with the Chiron.”

“Our customers want the best of the best. This truly impressive performance further confirms that the Chiron is the world’s best super sports car,” adds Dürheimer. “300 of the limited series of 500 Chiron have already been sold. The success story of this exceptional super sports car continues.“

For its 0-400-0 project, Bugatti invited Juan Pablo Montoya, a proven speed and performance expert. He accepted the invitation without any hesitation. “My first thought was that I would do anything Bugatti wanted in order to drive this incredible car.”

The former Formula 1 driver, who is now active in the IndyCar series, was especially impressed by the fact that a super sports car actually felt like a normal road vehicle. “When you are driving the Chiron for the first time and taking it easy, you cannot imagine how powerful it is. But as soon as you open the throttle, you hear the turbochargers pull up and all this torque comes in, and it just does not stop. It is like a linear power curve to happiness.”

Montoya is thrilled at the acceleration and braking performance of the Chiron. “The Chiron is so incredibly fast it takes your breath away. And its braking is at least as impressive,” is how he describes his impressions following the record run. “And the car is just so stable and consistent. I feel honoured to be part of this project.”

Following a test lap, the 41-year-old from Colombia decided not to wear the usual safety gear such as racing suit, helmet or HANS (head and neck support) device for the record run. “Of course, the Chiron is a super sports car that requires your full attention when you are behind the wheel. At the same time, it gave me such a feeling of security and reliability that I was entirely relaxed and really enjoyed myself during my two days with the car.”

During the world record weekend, Juan Pablo Montoya travelled faster than 400 km/h 17 times and also had an opportunity to improve his own personal speed record of 407 km/h, recorded with an IndyCar racing car to 420 km/h with the Chiron. “It really was incredible to see that you didn’t need the complex preparations we have to make in racing for the 0-4000 drive,” said Montoya. “With the Chiron, it was all quite easy. Just get in and drive off. Incredible.”

“I hope Bugatti will invite me to their world record run with the Chiron. At any rate, I’m saving the date in my calendar,” says Juan Pablo Montoya. In 2018, Bugatti plans to set a new world speed record in excess of the top speed of 431.072 km/h recorded with the Veyron 16.4 Super Sport in 2010.

September 10, 2017
The Guild of Automotive restorers launches new web-series of restoration garage

This is to let you know that The Guild is launching a companion web-series to their television show, restoration garage.

Message from Thomas Douglas, General Manager:
We have listened to the fans that love the show but want to see more of what we do. For this, we are producing, in house, a webseries that goes behind the scenes and focuses on how to. We will also be following a complete restoration from beginning to end in the first year of the series. Considering the content that we will be showing, we thought that the biggest questions should be answered right out of the gate, How-to work with Elektron Magnesium. We are looking to launch in the next two weeks and the first two videos set to be released at the same time, and another every week after that for the foreseeable future. The first two will consist of a behind the scenes video that allows people to see what goes on during filming and also speaks directly with the director of the show. The second video is the Magnesium electron segment that shows the difference between magnesium and aluminum and the differences in working with elektron vs aluminum.

Go here to the launch teaser trailer.

September 10, 2017

1932 British Pathé movie on a Bugatti racing an airplane

"Paris. Auto V. Aeroplane.

Aviator Doret & Racing Motorist Divo - both Aces - have thrilling speed duel to settle a sporting wager

- and the aeroplane only just won!"

Click here to view on this website

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September 7, 2017

Three Bugatti Royale's presented at the Mondorf les Bains classic days in Luxemburg

On August 26 / 27 at the Mondorf Classic Days & Concours d'Elegance 2017 THREE Bugatti Type 41 Royale's were presented. These were all put together in an expert classic-car garage in the Netherlands, for an (also Dutch) collector. The Packard Phaeton was already shown extensively, the Esders Roadster was only shown on one earlier location, but was not 100% completed at that time. I was explained by builder Frank Slopsma how the original Esders Roadster was designed and built for Armand Esders in a mutual effort between him and Jean Bugatti, to reflect Esder's enthousiasm for boating. The wings actually are sculpted to the waves springing from the bow of a yacht. On top of each front wing are a green and red light on the starboard and port-side respectively. (Not the usual wing lights as seen on the Esders Roadster Replica built by the Schlumpf brothers and finished by the Mulhouse museum) The small white cross on a blue background on the door is not the flag of Scotland, but the banner of Esder's yachting club.

Totally new was the Weymann coach, replica of the car that was Ettore's personal car for quite a while until he crashed it. As is obvious from the photographs, this car is not yet ready, though the chassis is ready and could be driven under it's own 12.7 litre power.

Each Royale has a differently sourced engine: there is an AutoRail (PLM) engine, an engine built for Tom Wheatcroft, and a replica engine put together with as many original parts possible.

Bugatti T41 Royale Coach Weymann

Bugatti T41 Royale Phaeton (Packard)

Bugatti T41 Royale Esders Roadster

At Mondorf, many other Bugattis were also on show. More about these later in the Bugatti Revue.

Photographs copyright Jaap Horst

August 24, 2017
Auction results

Gooding & Company; The Pebble Beach Auctions August 18 & 19, 2017

RM Sotheby's Monterey Auction, August 18 - 19, 2017

Bonhams' The Goodwood Festival of Speed Sale, June 30, 2017

Sorry, I did not hear of this one before, so I did not announce it...

The catalogue pages on this T46

July 29, 2017
Next Bugatti Chiron set to be electrified

Only electrification can improve on the Chiron's current performance, CEO Wolfgang Dürheimer says

The next-generation Bugatti Chiron – still at least seven years from production – will have to be electrified to enhance its performance beyond the current car’s record-breaking capabilities, CEO Wolfgang Dürheimer said.

The Chiron can reach 62mph in less than 2.5sec, despite weighing 1995kg, and has a top speed of 261mph. At its heart is a quad-turbocharged 8.0-litre W16 configured petrol engine that develops 1479bhp at 6750rpm, giving the Chiron a power-to-weight ratio of 741bhp per tonne. Torque peaks at 1179lb ft from 2000rpm.

“Electrification will happen,” said Dürheimer. “The next car is a long way from being developed, but the way battery and electric motor technology is moving on – as well as regulations – it seems certain that the next car will be electrified in some way. It will still be too soon for a full electric car, I think – but electrification will happen.”

Can electricity give the Chiron an extra edge?

As such, Dürheimer has also declared that there “will probably never be a car with the pure mechanical capabilities of the Chiron” – and, as a result, he is considering buying one. “The fact is that it may never be beaten in pure mechanical terms makes it incredibly desirable,” he said.

In 2016, Dürheimer told Autocar that hybridisation was initially considered as a way of extracting the required power from the W16 to ensure the Chiron eclipsed the Veyron. In the end, though, the power increase was simply achieved by upgrading many of the engine’s components.

Already, the McLaren P1, LaFerrari and Porsche 918 Spyder have employed hybrid technology to deliver hypercar performance. For instance, the P1 is powered by a 3.8-litre twin-turbocharged V8 petrol engine and electric motors, together generating 903bhp. It accelerates from 0-62mph in 2.8sec, 0-124mph in 6.8sec and 0-186mph in 16.5sec.

Dürheimer also hinted that ongoing plans to introduce a second Bugatti model to the firm’s line-up could delay production of the next generation Chiron, as the firm would possibly switch to a strategy of alternating between new car launches. If that happens, a new Bugatti model could be launched around 2024 and the next Chiron not until 2032.

“We are looking at what customers want if we do something different, and we have some ideas,” said Dürheimer. “But we are not under pressure to decide – production of the Chiron is expected to last for around eight years. We are at the predevelopment phase, preparing technically and asking clients what they expect.”

Dürheimer declined to reference any bodystyles for such a vehicle. The Bugatti Galibier five-door fastback concept was shown in 2009 but did not get the go-ahead for production. However, the concept of a more practical but still standard-setting high-performance vehicle remains a potential target for Bugatti. To date, 280 of the planned 500 Chirons have been sold.

July 28, 2017

Auction result

H & H Auction, Imperial War Museum Duxford, UK, July 26, 2017

1929 Bugatti Type 44 Saloon, Chassis: 44667 / Engine: 191, Estimate: £200,000 - 240,000. Sold for: £196,875

July 18, 2018

Auction result

July 15, 2017, Coys Blenheim Palace Auction, UK

1926 Bugatti Type 37, chassis 37140, maximum estimate £600,000, sold for £650,000

Photo: Coys Auction at Blenheim Palace Andy Mays with 1926 Bugatti Type 37 with only two owners since 1940 Picture by Richard Cave Photography 15.07.17

July 14, 2017

The Finest Auctions - Not so fine at all?

The Finest Automobile auctions See their website is a new auction company, trying to get a piece of the large classic car auction cake. In fact, they are currently organising their new auction, to be held soon.

However, there seem to come some not so fine clouds:
A friend of mine had won the auction of a Bugatti last year (June 11, 2016), but never could take delivery. The "Finest" put up all kinds of problems about payment and collecting the car, in the end not accepting the bid from my friend any more because he had not paid in time, while it was them not answering his questions. The suspection was, that they received a higher bid later, and sold the Bugatti to somebody else...

Now, there are newsreports Read it all here about a series of five lawsuits against the new auction firm allegedly owing half a million to different parties, a small part of the article:

More firms going after Finest Automobile Auctions company by Chad Abraham, Aspen Daily News Staff Writer, Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Five East Coast companies are suing the same automobile auction firm that allegedly owes The Snowmass Club over $80,000.

A principal of one company, Kadan Productions, said he and the other plaintiffs are owed over $500,000 from Finest Automobile Auctions for services provided in a separate event.

The defendant recently abandoned its business address in Bedford Hills, N.Y., moving “out in the middle of the night,” said The Snowmass Club’s attorney, Matt Ferguson of Aspen, on Friday. He cited the process server he employed to try to serve the lawsuit, who talked to adjacent tenants and was told, “They’re gone.”

The Snowmass Club sued the company last week, contending they owe for using the venue for an auction in September and for cocktail parties, alcohol, waiters and the like.

But Ferguson said he believes the alleged actions by Finest Automobile Auctions have crossed from a civil issue into criminal acts.

“They came into our town and ripped off a lot of good people,” he said. “Now it’s time to go after these people individually. They’re not just breaching contracts, they’re committing fraud.”

Jay Abrahamovich, partner and co-founder of Aspen-based Premier Party Rental, agrees. He said his company was one of the few to obtain a deposit from Finest Automobile Auctions ahead of the event.

“They don’t owe us that much,” Abrahamovich said. “We got lucky.”

Continue to read here

July 14, 2017

Bugatti T51 best of show at Rodeo Drive Concours 2017

The City of Beverly Hills held its 24th annual Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance on Sunday, June 18, 2017. The Father’s Day tradition on California’s famed thoroughfare featured a superb selection of rare and contemporary automobiles within a three block area between Wilshire and Santa Monica boulevards.

Over 40,000 people attended the Rodeo Drive Concours 2017, despite the record high temperatures that were in store for the day. The Concours featured dozens of unique vehicles and was curated by car collector and founding chairman of the Petersen Automotive Museum, Bruce Meyer.

The Rodeo Drive Committee — in conjunction with the City of Beverly Hills, organizes this yearly automotive event on what is arguably one of the most expensive shopping districts in the world. This year’s event featured a wide selection of high-performance sports and collector cars valued at more than $100 million. Examples from Ferrari, Porsche, McLaren, Bugatti, Maserati, Jaguar and several others, lined the upscale streets in both directions.

The intersection of Rodeo and Brighton was the show’s featured exhibited area where the unique vehicles displayed included a 1953 Delahaye Type 178 by Chapron from the Margie and Robert E. Peterson Collection, Peter and Merle Mullin’s Pebble Beach-winning 1934 Voison Aerosport, Jim Hull’s 1947 Delahaye 135 MS Vedette Roadster by Chapron and the “Best of Show” winner, the 1931 Bugatti Type 51 Dubos Coupe from the Nethercutt Collection.

The Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance is the largest single-day Concours in North America, drawing record spectators each year. The event attracts connoisseurs, collectors, tourist and locals who have the opportunity to admire a curated collection of impressive automobiles, all while shopping along one of the world’s most legendary and exclusive shopping destinations.

From Sports Car Digest

July 9, 2017

Overdrive movie

There have been other movies before featuring Bugattis, in period like the 1933 move "Christopher Strong" featuring Katherine Hepburn, but also in more recent times like in the 2012 movie "À l’aveugle" by Xavier Palud and in a much different style, with a very different Bugatti, in the also 2012 movie "Elysium"

However, this is a new movie, with the most Bugatti driving action since Katherine Hepburn driving her T38 in 1933! Check out the trailer on Youtube:

Overdrive is a French action thriller film directed by Antonio Negret and written by Michael Brandt and Derek Haas. On May 12, 2011, it was announced that Pierre Morel would produce the action thriller film Overdrive. The film stars Scott Eastwood, Freddie Thorp, Ana de Armas, and Gaia Weiss. Principal photography began finally on January 4, 2016 in Paris and Marseille, France. The movie was released in the summer of 2017.

The film is all about a gang stealing high - end classic cars, including the Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic. Though there are a lot of nice action sequences, including that of the Bugatti chasing an AC Cobra, critics are not so very positive. However, seeing the Bug in action would be enough to go see the movie for me! (Out on August 3 in the Netherlands, and already late June in France).

Now of course there is one very serious question to answer:
Which Bugatti did they use for the movie? The car looks very good indeed, with the right dimensions, right wheels and good interior (for as far as visible).

Of course not one of the two originals, but there is a whole series of Erik Koux's replica's that are available, as well as a few other ones. I have had one Jaguar-based Atlantic replica on my website in 2010 that looked quite good (Below, unluckily I do not have better images) though the wheels seem too small, and later there has been another one, or the same but repainted, for sale in Germany.

1937 Bugatti Atlantic

This classic automobile has been hand crafted from the ground up using a combination of modern technology and classic artisan craftsmanship. The car sits on a custom tubular and box steel chassis with integral forward firewall and cowl structure for torsional rigidity. A T 3.8 Litre twin overhead cam straight six motivates the car, while the twin carbs, polished manifold and covers, as well as generous bright work adorn the engine compartment that features an authentic engine-turned aluminum firewall. This exquisite automobile is the result of over two and a half years of construction.

$250,000 , F-40 Motorsports, 464 Portland-Cobalt Rd, Portland, CT, USA

So, anybody knows exactly which one has been used in "Overdrive"? It seems not logical that one of the Erix Koux's replica's was used, as these are a lot more expensive than the 1/4 million for the blue one above.... states the following, is this the same as the one shown above?:
Engine: Jaguar XK150,
Year: 2000,
Licence plate: W-608-EL (F), JJZ 109 (Licence plate in movie only)

So, pay attention to the top image, from the movie-poster. One of the main characters is getting out of the driving Atlantic, opening the door (which of course should be ripped off at such speed), but he is holding on to the rivited flange or spine! Never thought that that was the real reason why Jean Bugatti put it on the outside!

July 9, 2017

Bugatti Sardinia Rally

Superb first outing for Gentry-restored cars

Bugatti specialists Gentry Restorations were once again invited to provide technical support for the most important event of the Bugatti calendar: The International Bugatti Meeting (5th to 11th June, 2017).

Hosted this year by Bugatti Italia in Sardinia, the rally covered just under 1000kms over five days, during which the participants experienced the most breath-taking scenery, glorious food – and extremely hot weather. The extensive itinerary included visits to the archeological site at Tharros, the castle at Sanluri and the mine at Montevecchio.

Gentry Restorations was asked to provide a support crew for all 103 rally participants - all but two of them vintage Bugattis. A comprehensively-equipped support van with spare parts, tools and equipment was transported from the UK on 31st May. Joint managing director Stephen Gentry, along with head technician Ian Pavely, flew out from Heathrow in preparation for the rally on Saturday 3rd June.

Owing to the number of times that Gentry Restorations has given their help and support at these type of events, the Gentry team already knew most of the rally participants and their cars. Over half of them are previous customers of Gentry Restorations, having either bought parts, contracted routine servicing and maintenance or undertaken complete restorations since the business started 17 years ago. Two of the cars participating have been completely restored by Gentry Restorations recently, and completed the course without a hitch.

Right from the outset it was a very relaxed and sociable rally. The Gentry team were kept reasonably busy and were asked to carry out a total of 41 different jobs on the participants’ cars. The problems ranged from repairing phone chargers and checking tyre pressures, to replacing a broken half shaft on a 1924 Type 30.

Commenting on the rally Stephen Gentry said; “Sardinia is a wonderful island and despite the relentlessly hot weather the rally participants had a really great time. It was a pleasure to catch-up with so many of our customers and it was warming to know that over half of the rally participants have put their cars through our workshops at some point in the past. Just recently, two of those cars have undergone complete, major restorations by us and this rally was their very first outing. In total, we were asked to assist with minor problems on just twelve of our customers’ cars. Needless to say, the two cars that were completely restored recently weren’t amongst them (see photographs below).”

Info and photographs provided by Keith Child, Business Manager, Gentry Restorations Ltd. Email:

However, not everybody was so lucky...
Guy Huet had a very unforunate event, shortly after leaving the ferry on the way to the hotel; the tow bar of his Toyota broke, leaving the trailer with his T43 on it to choose it's own path in life. Of course, without proper guidance this was highly unsuccessful, leading to the trailer being a total loss, and the Bugatti damaged, with at least a fractured steering house and a lot of dents.

Rumours that this accident caused such panic on the other side of the highway that a motorcyclists crashed are not true. Guy did not see anything strange (though a lot of motorcyclists!) near, though an ambulance did pass.

June 28, 2017

Auction Results

RM Sotheby’s Villa d’Este auction, 27 May in Lake Como, Italy during the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este weekend.

Osenat Auction, June 18, 2017, Fontainebleau, France

June 10, 2017

Bugatti T57C Atalante wins Best of show at Greenwich Concours d'Elegance

The 22nd edition of the Greenwich Concours d’Elegance was held this past weekend June 3/4 at the beautiful waterfront venue in Roger Sherman Baldwin Park in Greenwich, Connecticut. It was an event celebrating both vintage and some of the latest offerings from the auto industry. The event featured the American Classes on Saturday and the International Classes on Sunday. (so there was one best of show for each day!)

Bugatti was one of the featured marques for the Sunday, so not surprising that one of them won the grand prize!

However, there were more Bugattis that received prizes:

Best in show: 1938 Bugatti Type 57C Atalante "Private Collection"
Chief Judge's award: 1932 Bugatti Type 49, Gene Cesari
The Journalist's award: 1925 Bugatti Type 30, Peter Charlap
Preservation award: 1926 Bugatti Type 37, Sarah Rheault
HVA Award: 1931 Bugatti Type 37, Sandy Leith (Photo on the right)
4 people received the Bugatti - BIC award (don't know what that means):
1929 Type 40 Grand Sport, Ted and Christina Zamjahn
1927 Type 37A, Maureen Serri
1938 Type 57C Atalante Coupe, "Private Collection"
Type 43 Grand Sport, Richard S. King

For more photographs, go to:

June 8, 2017

Auction Results

Bonhams' Greenwich Concours d'Elegance Auction, June 4, 2017

June 4, 2017

Permanent memorial for Scotty Wilson in Molsheim

Last week I heard from my friend Daniel Lapp in Molsheim that a permanent memorial for Scotty Wilson, the valiant builder and pilot of the replica Bugatti 100P raceplane who so tragically crashed last summer, has been set-up in Molsheim. Today I received the photographs presented above and below.

The center of the memorial is the actual reduction gearbox from the nose of the airplane, even more impressive because it still has all the marks of the burnt-out airplane. Above the gearbox is a copy of the original drawing for the gearbox, which was designed by Noël Domboy in 1938. A copy of this drawing was presented to Scotty Wilson at the Molsheim Festival in September 2015, a little less than a year before the crash.

The memorial is at the "Fondation Bugatti", which is inside the Chartreuse museum, open to the public on most days, during the summer season.

Flyer for the Chartreuse museum, with location details and opening times.

June 3, 2017

Earliest Colombo Type 251 drawing presented at Conference!

On May 26 - 28 the First Pan-European Automotive History Conference took place in the Musée National de l'Automobile, collection Schlumpf in Mulhouse, France.

At the conference John Barton, Englishman living in France, held a presentation on Bugatti 1943 - 1963, and focussing on the many four-cylinder designs that were made, but never fully developed. Interestingly, he brought with him the only surviving person who worked in the post-war Bugatti race department. René Strub worked with Bugatti from 1950 to 1957, in the race department which was fully locked-up; nobody was allowed to enter without permission.

René worked for example on the "turbofrein", a ventilated disk brake with forced cooling pump effect. John Barton, who is the owner of many drawings and patterns from the post-war Bugatti period, built the brake using the original patterns, and brought this with him to the conference also. René, 92 years of age, gave a very lively speach for the complete audience!

Finally, John presented an original Colombo drawing from 1953! (Top Photo, with John Barton and Anders Ditlev Clausager) The drawing shows the outline of the car, and very clearly shows the independent front suspension. In fact the drawing was presented to other manufacturers, who thought it too innovative, before Colombo showed it to Roland Bugatti.

As we know now, both the turbofrein and the independent front suspension were not used on the very unsuccesful Type 251, but Colombo could stay, and was in the race department for one week per month, during the development of the Type 251.

Four views of the Colombo sketched and René Strub designed disk brake, in the last photo René talking about and explaining the brake.

The conference itself was a huge succes, with about 80 people attending. As everybody present was technically oriented and mostly expert in a specific field (be it microcars or a specific marque, coachbuilder or era), the discussions were lively and interesting.

The conference, the first in it's kind, and with a focus on subjects which have a cross-border European interest, was organised by Thomas Ulrich (AHG, Automobil-Historische Gesellschaft e.V., Germany) and Anders Ditlev Clausager (SAHB, Society of Automotive Historians in Britain) from Germany respectively England. There were talks by Richard Keller, with a welcome from the Musée National and Cité de l’Automobile, France, as well as:

Left to right: Entrance to the museum, the audience listening to the welcome speach by Richard Keller, Fritz Schlumpf's Bugatti Type 35B, and John Barton with René Strub in front of the Bugatti Type 73, which, as John explained on several occasions, is uncorrectly identified on the museum's information shield as Type 73A.

On the Sunday the conference was continued in the Volante museum near Freiburg, just over the border from Mulhouse. However, I did not attend that part, as I had already been to the Volante museum in September 2016.
The conference was such a success, that a 2nd conference will be held in about two years time; exact date still to be fixed. This will be held in the Louwman museum, the Hague, the Netherlands.

Some of the photographs were provided by John Barton and Thomas Ulrich, the others were taken with my phone, excuses for the quality....

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October 15, 2016 - permanent Icons at the Powerhouse Museum Sydney, Australia

Have you ever explored a museum exhibition and wondered, "how do they know which items are worth collecting?" — I have.

So when I talked to Jacqui Strecker, the head of curatorial at the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences in Sydney, it was one of the first questions I asked.

She had just pieced together a new exhibition entitled Icons at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney.

It is a kind of "best of the best" exhibition of the more than 500,000 items in the News South Wales collection.

The 70 rarely-displayed items, chosen by Dr Strecker, have been put together to challenge the traditional stereotype of an icon.

"Traditionally, we've associated icons with religious paintings that have a special spiritual power, that draws us to those items as an object of worship or admiration," she said.

"Now we understand icons as digital icons that help us navigate our way around computers and smart phones.

"What I've done with this exhibition is really gone through our basement, our extraordinary collection, and I've chosen my favourite objects that I think tell an interesting story and are really worth looking at and challenging the viewer to think about what constitutes an icon today."

The items range from Aboriginal pottery; a silver, brass and wooden crucifix worn on a necklace; a 1928 Bugatti racing car (so valuable Dr Strecker would not tell me how much it was worth); Australian performer Johnny O'Keefe's red suit and the Olympic torch Cathy Freeman used to light the cauldron at the Sydney Olympics.

Photo: 1928 Bugatti driven to victory by Arthur Terdich at the 1929 Australian Grand Prix.

October 23, 2016 - ??? Art of Bugatti exhibition - at the Petersen museum Los Angeles, USA

I get a report from Terry Cook that it is really a breathtaking display!

From the "Carscoops" website:

The Petersen Automotive Museum will host the ‘Art of Bugatti’ exhibition, one of the most complete lineups of the Bugatti family ever, showcasing the most important creations of the company.

The exhibition will open to the public on October 23 and will remain on display for a year.

The purpose of the exhibition is to give visitors an inside look at the history of one of the greatest art dynasties of the last two centuries, starting with the patriarch Carlo Bugatti and his path through the arts, including his mastery of painting, furniture design and manufacture and silversmithing. It then details the work of his two sons, Rembrandt and Ettore before ending up to the latter’s children.

“The Bugattis were an incredibly fascinating family and their history, like all families, is filled with both triumph and tragedy,” said Peter Mullin, chairman of the board of directors for the Petersen. “Their incredible aptitude for art and engineering is unparalleled by any family before or since and their legacy is worthy of celebration. It’s a great honor to share these works with the public and I’m so pleased that we could bring this exhibition to the Petersen.”

The vehicles on display include the Type 41 Royale, Type 57 Atalante, Type 35 and Type 46 along with modern Bugattis like the EB110 and the recently unveiled Chiron, with the assemblage representing the entire span of Bugatti, featuring cars designed by both Ettore and his son Jean Bugatti.

“The Art of Bugatti is a show unlike any other and the Petersen is so pleased to be able to share it with our patrons,” said Petersen Executive Director Terry Karges. “The quality and variety of the art and automobiles on display is incredible and it truly gives a unique insight into the history of a fascinating and talented family.”

Link to the Petersen museum website

August 25 / 26 and 26 / 27, 2017 Mondorf Grand tour AND Classic Days & Concours d'Elegance 2017 Mondorf les Bains, Luxemburg

Mondorf-les-Bains Concours d'Elegance & Luxembourg Classic Days is Luxembourg's most prestigious motor event. The event is organised by Gentlemen Drivers Club ASBL & MAW Events SARL. All proceeds will be donated to Make-A-Wish Luxembourg Asbl.

There is a specific Bugatti Class for the tour and there will be a specific Bugatti exhibition showing in a World Premiere:

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September 10, 2017 Bonhams Chantilly auction Chantilly, France

Bugatti Torpédo Grand Sport 1928

Châssis n° 44366 (see text), the original anouncement stated T43 Bugatti Torpédo Grand Sport, now removed
Estimate: €500,000 - 700,000

By the early 1930s Ettore Bugatti had established an unrivalled reputation for building cars with outstanding performance on road or track; the world's greatest racing drivers enjoying countless successes using the Molsheim factory's products and often choosing them for their everyday transport.

His earlier efforts notwithstanding, the foundation of Bugatti's not inconsiderable repute was his family of eight-cylinder cars, the first of which – the Type 30 – appeared in 1922. The Type 30 shared its chassis, axles and gearbox with the later four-cylinder Type 13 Brescia model and was powered by an inline eight displacing 1,991cc. Developments of this superb engine, with its single overhead camshaft and three valves per cylinder, would go on to power the Type 35 Grand Prix car, the Type 38 tourer and Type 43 sports car.

Introduced in 1927, the Type 43 was, in essence, a road-going version of Bugatti's most successful Grand Prix racing car, the Type 35. The Type 43 used the 2,262cc engine, complete with Roots supercharger, introduced on the Type 35B, which was installed in a new chassis similar to that of the Grand Prix racer. Type 35 wheels were used, together with the larger radiator and brakes also found in the Type 38. Not surprisingly, considering its Grand Prix derivation, the Type 43 proved immensely successful in sports car racing, being campaigned by the factory and a host of private owners.

This Bugatti Type 43 has been built on a recent chassis to the original pattern. It incorporates three major in-period components: the front axle, gearbox, and rear axle, while the engine has been built by France's foremost Bugatti Specialist: Ventoux Moteurs in Carpentras. Needless to say, with such a pedigree this car will perform better than an entirely original example.

The chassis plate is of the 'Alsace' type (correct for the period) and is numbered '44366'. This number corresponds with a brown Type 44 Torpedo, sold new to minister Achille Fould in April 1928. The plate was given to the owner by his friend, François Chevalier, and comes from a vehicle scrapped in the South West of France.

The chassis had been built in 1990 for Laurent Rondoni and is of the correct wheelbase (2.97m) for a Type 43. A Bugatti specialist, Laurent Rondoni had accumulated many of the parts needed to build a Type 43. As it happened, he did not have time to complete he project, which was purchased by the current vendor.

Of the mechanical parts: the rear axle is original while the gearbox is a Type 44 (number '255') from a car produced in Spring 1928. It was supplied by the UK's foremost Bugatti specialist, Brineton Engineering of Walsall, West Midlands. The front axle (number '707') comes from a Type 44.

The 2.3-litre engine is entirely the work of Ventoux Moteurs in Carpentras, and has been assembled by Laurent Rondoni. The clutch is the classic Bugatti type. The radiator has been overhauled and an additional oil tank fitted beneath the passenger's seat, as on the Bugatti racing cars. The fuel tank comes from a touring Bugatti.

The aluminium coachwork was fabricated in France towards the end of the 1990s by the specialist, Patrick Barrier. Torpedo in style, it is similar to that of the three Type 43 Bugattis entered in the RAC Tourist Trophy in August 1928. There is only one door (on the driver's side) while the Type 57S seats have been cut down to fit the Torpedo body. The dashboard boasts original SEV instruments, a period-correct Jaeger 8-day timepiece, a Ki Gass pump, and pressure gauges supplied by Vintage Restorations in Kent. Weighing approximately 1,040kg, this particular car is some 10km/h faster than the original model, with a top speed of around 170km/h.
In conclusion: this car has been built with many original Bugatti parts, most of which come from Type 44, a model very similar to the Type 43. Serviced regularly by Ventoux Moteurs, it is in generally excellent condition and makes an amazing sound thanks to the very special exhaust. Accompanying documentation consist of a French Carte Grise and a detailed report compiled by Bugatti authority, Pierre Yves Laugier.

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Until September 25, 2017 "Bugatti intime" Musée de la Chartreuse, Molsheim, France

New exhibition at the Chartreuse, specially to coincide with the Festival, as was organised last year. Special attraction of course the T57G tank.

But, more interesting, there will be a 80 minute private movie from the Bugatti family, scenes shot between 1920 and 1930.

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September 15 - 17, 2017 Bugatti Festival Molsheim, France

The only event which always takes place in the birthplace of Bugatti.

September 16 - 17, 2017 Two wonderful BUGATTI days Campogalliano, Italy

On this occasion will be presented the Avanti Bugatti Type 2 by Race of 1901 "1st COPPA OF MILANO 10 MAY 1901"

Programma e Iscrizione alle giornate nella Motor Valley del 16 o del 17 settembre tra memorie,amici e auto da sogno

SEPTEMBER 16, 16 Settembre:
Departure for the “Blue Factory”
Aperitif and lunch in the historic Bugatti headquarters
For You Movie projection of the Blue Factory

Incontro a Campogalliano
aperitivo e pranzo nella mitica “FABBRICA BLU”. Sarà poi proiettato l'omonimo film di Davide Maffei.

SEPTEMBER 17, 17 Settembre:
Visit to the “Land of Legendary Motors”
That is the place that saw the birth of the legendary EB110 and we will let you know this cradle of mythical autos .

Visitiamo la "Terra dei Motori Leggendari"
Questo è il luogo che ha visto la nascita della leggendaria EB110 e la culla di miti automobilistici poi tutti a tavola con le ricette della tradizione.

PARTICIPATION QUOTA €.100,00 per person for one day
QUOTA DI PARTECIPAZIONE €.100,00 cad. persona cad.giornata

Elisabetta Masini cell +39 3475844727
Cristina Guizzardi cell +39 3913221138

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