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March 15, 2017

Auction results.

RM Sotheby's Amelia Island, 10-11 March 2017.

Lot 232 - 1937 Bugatti Type 57S Cabriolet by Vanvooren, Chassis no. 57513 - Sold for $7,700,000 (estimate $8.5 million)

March 15, 2017

Finally an affordable Bugatti

In the foodsteps of Ettore - innovative bike design
PG in Germany manufactures this extreme bicycle, fully made of carbon fibre, for Bugatti. The weight at only 4,5 kg is extremely low, and much lower than the Chiron of course!

Prices start at 35.000 Euro and continue upwards to at least twice that number.

More info:

As we know, Ettore Bugatti himself was very interested in bicycles, with different designs from his hand, most well known the one where the classic large tubes of the bicycle frame are replaced by four small ones. See and

Of course, if you don't like that much excercise, you can also choose another Bugatti

Bugatti Automobiles and Palmer Johnson Yachts launched the Limited Edition Bugatti Niniette 66, a 66-foot sport yacht designed to match the Bugatti Chiron. Following the same classic horseshoe lines as Bugattis, Palmer Johnson and Bugatti worked in conjunction with A++ to create the yacht’s exterior styling and interior design that is reminiscent of the Bugatti Chiron. Palmer Johnson took care of the Niniette 66’s naval architecture and engineering. The Limited Edition Bugatti Niniette 66 is the first in a new line of yachts that will go from 50 to 80 feet, all inspired by the Bugatti Chiron. And true to the fast car design, this fast yacht will hit a top speed of 44 knots. The vessel’s slender monohull is stabilized by a sponson on each side, which dampens rolls at all speeds, making a great ride for its two guests and one crewmember.

The Bugatti Niniette 66’s 21-foot beam allows for a roomy master suite—featuring soft leather, polished metal, suede, and carbon—an automotive-inspired salon with macaron skylight, a marble-clad guest bathroom, and a galley kitchen with all the basics. The modern interior creates a cocooning effect via its Bugatti horseshoe shape.

On deck, guests will enjoy the fire pit, Jacuzzi, sunpads and Champagne bar, plus plenty of seating to choose from.

Powered by fuel-efficient MAN V-8 engines, and featuring MJP waterjets, the Bugatti Niniette 66’s stable and efficient hull will get you to the Bahamas fast, where you will be able to jet around without trouble, thanks to the yacht shallow 4-foot draft. Guests will compete to pilot this joy-stick-controlled speedboat from the Bugatti-designed helm chairs and command center.

While the Bugatti yachting connection may seem odd, the fast-car maker dabbled in the boat-building business in the 1930s, when it was commissioned to create a bespoke boat for Prince Carlo Maurizio Ruspoldi. Bugatti founder Ettore named this speedy craft Niniette, his youngest daughter Lidia’s nickname.

And Monaco-based Palmer Johnson was the most obvious choice for the automaker to pair with, given the yacht builder’s known success in building mold-breaking, sleek, powerful, and efficient sport yachts.

Those interested should get their orders in soon: Only 66 examples of the Limited Edition Bugatti Niniette 66 sport yacht will be made. (

But it is pretty easy to see how the new Niniette 66 was directly inspired by the Bugatti Chiron. And you don’t really need to be an expert to see how this stunning, never-seen-before yacht is going to rock the “yachting” world with the beast-like super car power that all Bugatti’s are known for.

February 19, 2017

Auction results.

Artcurial: Rétromobile 2017 The Official Sale. (February 10, 2017, Paris)
Prices include the buyer's premium and taxes.

Lot 25 - Bugatti Baby - Chassis 388A - Est. 30 000 - 50 000 €: Sold for 90,480 €

Lot 27 - Bugatti Type 57 Atalante découvrable - Châssis n° 57330, Moteur n° 548 - Est. 1 000 000 - 1 500 000 €: Sold for 2,331,200 €

Lot 40 - Bugatti Type 57 coach Pre-Série Gangloff - Châssis n° 57106, Moteur n° 40 - Est. 430 000 - 530 000 €: Not sold

Artcurial: Automobilia Rétromobile 2017 (February 11, 2017, Paris)

Lot 500 - Ettore BUGATTI (1881-1947) Etudes mécaniques (Sketch) - Est. 500 - 1 000 €: Sold for 650 €
Lot 520 - Géo HAM (Georges Hamel) (1900-1972) Pilote au casque bleu - Est. 700 - 1 000 €: Sold for 1,040 €
Lot 527 - GANGLOFF Bugatti 3,3L Limousine - Est. 400 - 600 €: Sold for 650 €
Lot 528 - Willy VAN DEN PLAS - Cabriolet transformable Bugatti - Est. 300 - 500 €: Sold for 780 €
Lot 531 - Pierre DUMONT (1920-1987) - Bugatti Royale Double Berline décapotable 1928 - Est. 1 000 - 1 500 €: Sold for 780 €
Lot 543 - BUGATTI Type 35 engine - sectioned - Est. 15 000 - 25 000 €: Sold for 15,000 €
Lot 556 - BUGATTI Boyce - Est. 500 - 800 €: Sold for 520 €
Lot 557 - JAEGER-BUGATTI Montre de bord, vers 1930 - Est. 500 - 800 €: Sold for 4,290 €
Lot 558 - BUGATTI - Boyce et ampéremètre - Est. 700 - 1,000 €: Sold for 3,380 €
Lot 559 - BUGATTI Enjoliveur - Est. 300 - 500 €: Sold for 325 €
Lot 560 - BUGATTI Plaque émaillée - Est. 800 - 1,200 €: Sold for 1,820 €
Lot 562 - BUGATTI Montre bracelet publicitaire - Est. 200 - 300 €: Sold for 325 €
Lot 566 - Philippe LALAGÜE (né en 1955) Bugatti et Delahaye - Est. 200 - 300 €: Sold for 520 €
Lot 570 - Philippe LOUZON (Né en 1956) - Bugatti Type 30 - Est. 1 000 - 1 500 €: Not Sold
Lot 572 - GERI - Bugatti Automobiles, Autorails Molsheim - Est. 600 - 800 €: Sold for 910 €
Lot 573 - PROVENANT PROBABLEMENT DES USINES BUGATTI - Matrice de radiateur et son support - Est. 4 000 - 6 000 €: Sold for 11,250 €
Lot 574 - AGUILA-BUGATTI N°45469, circa 1930 - Chronographe bracelet - Est. 10 000 - 15 000 €: Sold for 11,700 €
Lot 575 - BUGATTI - Le Pur-Sang de l'Automobile - catalogue de 1937 - Est. 300 - 500 €: Sold for 1,040 €
Lot 576 - BUGATTI - Ettore Bugatti - Est. 400 - 600 €: Not sold
Lot 577 - JEAN PERRET - BUGATTI - Montre bracelet - Est. 300 - 500 €: Sold for 390 €
Lot 578 - BUGATTI - Montre de bord - Est. 300 - 500 €: Sold for 1,950 €
Lot 579 - BUGATTI Pendulette de bureau publicitaire - Est. 300 - 500 €: Sold for 455 €
Lot 580 - BUGATTI Radiateur publicitaire - Est. 500 - 800 €: Sold for 3,250 €
Lot 581 - BUGATTI 55 ROADSTER (Children's car) Fabrication de La Chapelle - Est. 6,000 - 9,000 €: Sold for 6,760 €
Lot 589 - EUREKA -BUGATTI Modèle sport 302 - Est. 1,500 - 2,500 €: Sold for 1,560 €

To take a look at the descriptions go to:
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February 12, 2017

Seen at Retromobile: AIAM

Association Internationale des Amis du Musée National de l'Automobile de Mulhouse

Help the Schlumpf collection!

February 12, 2017

Seen at Retromobile: Book announcements

At the side of the Lukas Hüni exhibition: Bugatti vs Bentley, there was an announcement of various books in the "Great Cars" series. 3 of them were Bugattis. Mind you, the books are each on one individual car!. They are:

By Porter Press Books,

I also talked to Pierre-Yves Laugier, author of the famous T57S book. He has been busy with other things for a while, but will soon get back to writing on either the T51 or the T55 book.

From Jaap Horst, two books are to be expected: One on the views of Noël Domboy on Bugatti, both pre- as well as post-war, to appear hopefully in 2017. For 2018, there will be his long awaited book on the Bugatti Patents. The patents show what technological developments interested Ettore Bugatti (and other members of the family), from year to year.

January 24, 2017

Auction Results

Gooding Scottsdale 2017 Auction January 20 / 21, 2017

Lot 22 - 1925 Bugatti Type 35 Grand Prix, Chassis 4487: Sold for $3,300,000

Lot 23 - 1928 Bugatti Type 52 Bebe, Chassis 245A: Sold for $88,000

Both cars were sold at more than the maximum estimate, the Bébé by a considerable amount!

January 18, 2017

Bugatti Atlantic Shines at Arizona Concours

The Arizona Concours d’Elegance 2017 was held Sunday, January 15th at the Arizona Biltmore Resort in Phoenix. Held during Arizona Auction Week, ninety cars were arrayed on the show field for the 4th annual event, divided into 17 classes.

A 1936 Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic owned by Peter and Merle Mullin and Rob and Melani Walton was awarded Best of Show. The handbuilt Bugatti has prominent front fenders and a narrow aluminum body uniquely joined by rivets running along its fenders and down its spine. The car usually is housed at the Mullin Automotive Museum in Oxnard, California, but had been on loan to the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles where it has been part of a special display.

Formerly the pillar of the Williamson Bugatti Collection, the Atlantic (chassis 57374) was awarded Best of Show at the 2003 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. It is one of two completely original Type 57SC Atlantics in existence, with the other owned by Ralph Lauren.

To be eligible to win Best of Show — the event’s top award — a car must first win its class. Four class winners emerged as finalists. In addition to the Bugatti Atlantic, they included:

The Type 57SC Atlantic had won the special class of Cars of Ettore and Jean Bugatti, which included eight examples of Bugatti artistry and performance, including three historic 1920s Grand Prix cars once raced by famous women drivers in Europe.

Warner Hall, a senior docent from the Mullin Automotive Museum, was the Bugatti’s caretaker at the concours. Could he possibly have been surprised when the judges’ decision was announced?

“Maybe a little,” he said. “We didn’t want to count on anything, especially in a field (of cars) this fabulous. This is such an amazing event, and there are some really amazing cars here.”

The Arizona Concours was held under threatening skies and forecasts of rain, but it stayed dry all day, much to the relief of Concours officials and the car owners who had brought such an assembly of automobiles for the show. The crowd of spectators strolled through the inner lawns of the Arizona Biltmore Resort where the cars were displayed.

On Monday, many of the cars from the Concours participated in the Arizona Tour d’Elegance that included a free public display of the vehicles at the South Canal Bridge in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Net proceeds from the Arizona Concours, as well as generous donations from participants and spectators, benefit Make-A-Wish® Arizona, the founding chapter of the organization that grants wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions.The fifth annual Arizona Concours will be held January 14, 2018.

From Sports Car Digest

December 18, 2016

Giant price for giant anteater – Rembrandt Bugatti bronze takes €1.2m at Paris auction

This Rembrandt Bugatti bronze of ‘The Giant Anteater’ (Le Grand Fourmilier) more than lived up to its status as the potential star at a recent auction in Paris.

The sculpture went under the hammer in the first ‘prestige’ auction to be held by the new Paris auction team of Guillaume Crait and Thomas Müller on December 2 at the Hotel Drouot.

In a full room, it drew strong demand and easily overtook its €600,000-800,000 estimate before it was knocked down at €1.2m (£1m), the highest sum paid for the sculptor’s work at auction in France.

The 19in (47.5cm) wide patinated bronze was a lost-wax cast by the Hébrard foundry from pre-1934 and was numbered 5 on the plinth. It came from a French collection, was signed R Bugatti and stamped with the Hébrard seal.

Bugatti created this model in 1909 when he was 25 years old and had already been fascinated for some years by exotic animals which he regularly went to observe at the Jardins des Plantes menagerie in Paris and the Antwerp Zoo.

He shows the anteater bent to lick its paw, a pose that accentuates the creature’s natural circular geometry.

December 17, 2016

Arizona Concours d’Elegance to highlight women in motorsports

Top photo: Anne Rose Itier sitting in a 1927 Bugatti Type 37A.

The history of motorsports usually revolves around men who became heroes behind the wheel.

However, this year’s Arizona Concours d’Elegance features a panel discussion that looks into the exciting lives of women who raced professionally since the 1920s, and made their marks in a man’s world.

“Legends: Pioneer Women in Racing” is one of three panel discussions that took place Saturday, Jan. 14, on the eve of the Arizona Concours Sunday, Jan. 15.

Both the discussions and the fourth annual Arizona Concours will be at the historic Arizona Biltmore Resort in Phoenix, once again leading off the Scottsdale/Phoenix area’s famed Classic Car Week of auctions, parties and events, according to a press release.

The “Legends” panel will include veteran race driver Janet Guthrie, the first woman to compete in both the Indianapolis 500 and the Daytona 500 in the 1970s, and Miranda Seymour, an acclaimed author whose book, Bugatti Queen, explores the life of Hellé Nice, the famed French woman racing driver who competed in the 1920s and 30s.

Another female racing star, Lyn St. James, also of Indianapolis 500 fame, will moderate the discussion, the release states.

Along with the discussion will be several pre-war Bugattis raced by famous woman drivers:

Elisabeth Junek

According to a release, another Saturday panel discussion, “Driven: The Passion Driving Race Team Owners,” will include renowned motorsports team owners Chip Ganassi and Bobby Rahal.

Ganassi, is one of the 50 most-influential people in the auto industry according to Complex magazine, is a motorsports legend who currently has teams racing in NASCAR, IndyCar, IMSA, FIA and Red Bull Global RallyCross.

Rahal was a three-time CART Indy racing champion and an Indianapolis 500 winner when he joined up with late-night host David Letterman, and now Mike Lanigan, as a team owner in 2002. Rahal Letterman Racing won the 2004 Indianapolis 500 with driver Buddy Rice.

The Saturday panels start at 9 a.m. with the annual Phoenix Automotive Press Association (PAPA) preview of the seven collector car auctions that take place later in the week. The discussion features well-known collector car industry writers and commentators.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit

December 4, 2016

First Look at Gooding Scottsdale 2017 Auction Lots, Including 3-Owner Bugatti Type 35

Scottsdale is coming up in January 20 / 21. Gooding has three exemplary pre-war sporting vehicles that represent good value. Any of these cars would be welcomed in vintage rallies around the world. First, a 1925 Bugatti Type 35 Grand Prix with an estimate of $2,600,000-$3,200,000. Chassis 4487 was sold new in Paris to American Standard Oil heir, Wallis C. Bird. Bird garaged the car at his famed “Farnsworth” mansion in Long Island, New York. He raced the Type 35 on several occasions in ARCA events on the East Coast (Mr. Bird’s ARCA racing plaque is still affixed to the dash) before passing away in 1941 in an aviation accident. The Bugatti sat among his stable of exotic automobiles until 1961, when his wife, Marjorie Winifred Bird, passed away.

Following her death, the Bird estate held the "Car Auction of the Century" where 4487 was purchased by pioneering collector Henry Austin Clark. The current owner purchased the car from Clark over 35 years ago and 4487 has been in his loving care ever since. With just three owners from new and in exemplary condition, 4487 represents the purest expression of the original Type 35 Grand Prix. Finished in French Racing Blue, it is a sensational example retaining its original chassis, bodywork, engine, and distinctive early-production features.

Three-owner 1925 Bugatti Type 35 Grand Prix comes to Gooding & Co.’s Scottsdale auction. Type 35 is the definitive Bugatti, an ultra-lightweight design that racked up approximately 2000 victories in competitions great and small in a range of categories, from sports car and Grand Prix racing to hillclimbs. Estimate: $2,600,000-$3,200,00. (Photos by Brian Henniker. All images copyright and courtesy of Gooding & Company.)

Also at the auction:

1928 Bugatti (Type 52) Bebe

Chassis: 245A

Estimate: $65,000 - $75,000 | Without Reserve

December 4, 2016

Auction of Rembrandt Bugatti sculptures fetches 5.22 million.

Thirteen bronze statues of Italian sculptor Rembrandt Bugatti Tuesday evening in Paris went under the hammer for 5.22 million euros. Reported by auction house Christie's. Most of the statues belonged to the French actor Alain Delon.

The thirteen works were part of a batch of seventeen sculptures. The sculpture of a panther playing with a ball is with 962.500 euros the most expensive, and the sculptures "Two panthers" and "Young Girl" went under the hammer for respectively 902 500 and 872 500 euro.

Actor and businessman Alain Delon, who is a big fan of the art of Bugatti, in recent years has put up a lot of his collection for auction. Besides the works of Bugatti he auctioned off a large part of his paintings, the content of his winecellar, his watches, his arms collection and his Ferrari.

December 4, 2016

Fernando Alonso edges Facundo Pieres in Bugatti-polo encounter.

Before he encountered wet weather at the Brazilian GP, Fernando Alonso, the two-time Formula One champion, turned back time and stepped inside a 1930s Bugatti for a promotional event in Argentina.

Of course, he wasn't going to race on his own. Beside him stood Argentinian polo star Facundo Pieres, with the Bugatti going up against a speedy pony.

The race took place on a straight stretch of the Owners Club outside Buenos Aires, while Alonso admitted that the promotional event was one of the more enjoyable he had experienced.

Alonso, who last won an F1 title a decade ago after back-to-back wins in 2005 and 2006 with Renault, just shaded the race after Pieres took an early lead.

But the event clearly paid dividends for Pieres.

The Argentinian, who has had to live in the shadows of rival Adolfo Cambiaso in the last three years during the Argentine season, came out on top when Ellerstina finally ended the run of La Dolfina at the Hurlingham Open.

Watch the race on this page!

Editor: Ettore would have liked such a race! Except for the fact that the Bugatti is probably a Pur Sang...

December 3, 2016

Bugatti Type 57S Cabriolet Van Vooren to be auctioned

RM Sotheby's will auction this 1937 Bugatti Type 57S Cabriolet by Vanvooren in their Amelia Island sale on March 11, 1927

Chassis no. 57513
Engine no. 21S

RM Sotheby's has started lining up its consignments for its Amelia Island auction this coming March, and the highlight will surely be the Bugatti you see here.

A rare Type 57S Cabriolet from 1937, chassis number 57513 is one of only three ever made with bodywork by Parisian coachbuilder Vanvooren. Never completely restored, this Bugatti is highly original and well-documented, and is now being offered for auction for the first time in its 80-year history.

Given its elegance, rarity, and history, RM expects the Bugatti to bring in a solid $8.5 million when the gavel drops at its 19th annual auction at the northeastern Florida venue. That's within spitting distance of the $8.7 million paid for a Type 57SC Atalante in 2013 at Gooding & Company's Pebble Beach auction in 2013, and the 57SC Sports Tourer that Bonhams sold at Amelia Island last year for $9.7 million.

The French cabrio won't be the only pre-war classic up for grabs at the event, though. Joining it will be a 1930 Stutz Model M Supercharged Coupe with bodywork by Lancefield Coachworks. Impressive and imposing, it's tipped to sell for upwards of $1 million. There'll also be a 1933 Cadillac V-16 All-Weather Phaeton, one of the few of its kind to have survived in tact, valued at $400-500k.

More info

November 1, 2016

Alain Delon to sell collection of Bugatti sculptures

Veteran French actor Alain Delon said Tuesday he is putting his collection of a dozen bronzes by the Italian sculptor Rembrandt Bugatti under the hammer.

Two leopards cast in 1913 by the artist brother of Ettore Bugatti, who founded the famous luxury car maker, are expected to make 1.2 million euros ($1.3 million) at Christie's in Paris next month.

The auction house said another rare bronze of a woman could reach 600,000 euros.

Delon, 80, who was once called "the most handsome man ever", has been gradually selling off his art, car and gun collections, saying: "I have accumulated mountains of things. I prefer to leave the money to my children."

Christie's, which is organising a major Bugatti sale on November 22, said the actor "has always been passionate about the artist who killed himself aged 31 during World War I", and who was best known for his wildlife sculptures.

The elephant sculpture that sits atop the radiator of the classic Bugatti Royale was designed by the artist.

Auction catalogue

October 28, 2016

„K&K Bugatti Register“ almost ready

From Helge Hauk

We now are very soon before printing of the „K&K Bugatti Register“, it will have more than 900 pages, shared in 2 Volumes with a common slipcase. 500 numbered copies will be sold. The shop price will be € 200.- (+ post&package).

For all those, who will preorder and prepay the books until 10 th of November 2016 – we have to cover a part of the printing costs by payment in advance – the special price will be € 180.- + p&p!

Please confirm your preorder to me ( ), you will receive via e-Mail the bank data for prepaying! Also PAYPAL to our editor is possible.

The “K&K Bugatti Register” will be delivered this year!

K&K means “Kaiserlich & Königlich”, a part of the name of the “K&K Austro-Hungarian Monarchy”. We are covering a major part of Mid-Europe, that’s Austria, Hungary, Czechoslovakia and other parts of the former Monarchy and the following nations, from the beginning to nowadays. About 300 classic Bugattis, some described with full history, others with less history, many, many never before published period photos and documents of private sources, as well as pix from unidentified cars.

p&p for Europe is €20.-, overseas shipping is € 40.-

Helge Hauk -


October 28, 2016

Jean Bugatti’s masterpiece, the 1936 Type 57SC Atlantic, to star at Arizona Concours d’Elegance in January

The Arizona Concours d’Elegance, a celebration of fine automobiles at the historic Arizona Biltmore Resort, has announced that the magnificent 1936 Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic coupe from the Mullin Automotive Museum will be shown at the Concours on January 15, 2017.

One of the greatest automotive jewels of the Art Deco era, the Bugatti Atlantic will star in a special class of Bugatti automobiles, adding its elegant form to the Art Deco ambiance of the Arizona Biltmore, which was completed in 1929.

October 28, 2016

German Design Council honours Bugatti

An international jury has named the Bugatti Chiron as the winner in the “Exterior Premium Brand - Luxury” category.

The world’s most powerful, fastest, most luxurious and most exclusive production super sports car has the best design in the world.

In its “Automotive Brand Contest”, the German Design Council honours outstanding product and communication design in the automotive industry every year.

At this year’s awards ceremony, the Bugatti Chiron was selected by the jury as the winner in the category “Exterior Premium Brand – Luxury.”

The awards ceremony was held on the occasion of the Paris Motor Show.

In the category of “Exterior Premium Brand – Luxury”, which takes a closer look at the exteriors of all vehicle classes under the aspect of elegant design, the Chiron convinced the jury.

The Automotive Brand Contest is held annually by the German Design Council.

As the only impartial design competition for automobile brands, it has rapidly established itself as one of the world’s most important competitions in the industry.

“The Bugatti design team is extremely pleased about this award,” said Achim Anscheidt, Chief Designer of Bugatti, at the awards ceremony held in Paris on Thursday evening. “The stylistic challenge posed for us designers by the tension between Bugatti’s traditional brand DNA and the need to adapt the exterior design of the car to the technical requirements of this ultimate 1,500 PS super sports car was enormous. Honours like this and the extremely positive reaction of our customers and fans to the Chiron confirm that we adopted the right approach.”

October 23, 2016

Bugatti Developing 800 HP All-Electric Supercar

Bugatti, maker of the world's fastest and most expensive production vehicle, is experimenting with an electric powertrain that delivers 597 kW of power. That's roughly 800 horsepower!

Auto Express reports that engineers from the Volkswagen-owned company have fashioned their prototype after Audi's R8 E-Tron powertrain. The E-Tron concept has two electric motors, one at each axel, that produce a total of 313 horsepower and 3,320 lb-ft of torque. The vehicle is essentially a rocket that goes from 0 to 62 mph in 4.8 seconds.

The Bugatti prototype is based the chassis of a Bentley Continental GT, features advanced lithium-ion battery packs and delivers 1,623 lb-ft of torque at 0 mph.

While the car reportedly exists, it's unknown if the public will ever get a glimpse of it. Company insiders have suggested that the vehicle is purely a demonstration model. Engineers would study and tweak it to explore the ultimate performances available from electric cars.
One of the problems still to be solved is that, at full power, the batteries only last for minutes...

But if you're looking to ditch your Prius for something a little more James Bond-like, you may still have a shot at this car. The first electric Bugatti was built during the 1930s but it wasn't intended for production. Called the Type 56, the vehicle was used to carry founder Ettore Bugatti around the Molsheim facility in France. A few others were built for customers.

October 18, 2016

Remembering Scotty

The Bugatti Aircraft Association organised a meeting at the Château the Wallay, in Ohey, Belgium, the birthplace of Louis de Monge, the aeronautics engineer who designed the Bugatti 100P raceplane. Though the meeting had been planned long before, it became a very special meeting in honour of Scotty Wilson, who had a fatal crash in his replica of the Bugatti, on August 6.

Most special was the sculpture to remember Scotty, made by Ladislas de Monge, little nephew of Louis de Monge and sculptor by profession. The BAA members shared their experiences and memories they had with Scotty Wilson

Top Photo: Ladislas de Monge explaining about the sculpture he made.
Above: The rear of the long stone has the coordinates of Burns Flat engraved, the crash site. Detail of the sculpted plane. Inside the plane there are two small metal birds. The plaque on the sculpture, which commemorates Scotty Wilson, as well as Louis de Monge. Photograph that Ladislas received; Scotty Wilson, 4 years old...

Ladislas de Monge cited (in French) the poem "High Flight" by US pilot John Gillespie Magee. Afterwards, Dick Ploeg cited the poem in English:

"Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I’ve climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
of sun-split clouds, — and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of — wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hov’ring there,
I’ve chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air....

Up, up the long, delirious, burning blue
I’ve topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace.
Where never lark, or even eagle flew —
And, while with silent, lifting mind I've trod
The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
– Put out my hand, and touched the face of God."

Ladislas de Monge explaining the 2nd airplane that Louis de Monge built, together with his brothers and sisters, in 1909, when he was only 19 years old. Two damaged propellers from this airplane show that, if the plane really flew, it must have been quite short. The castle is still in the hands of the de Monge family, with Ladislas' sister Véronique now living there with her husband Michel.

Paul-Benoît and Ladislas de Monge in the small Brescia Bugatti, two of the Brescia engines were used in the de Monge 7.5 flying wing airplane of 1921. A small exhibition with various original items from the time that Louis de Monge was successfully building airplanes.

The audience during the remembrance, and at several other times during the meeting. Kjeld Jessen took his Bugatti Brescia with him, for all members to admire, and enjoy! There were 10 BAA members present, plus many members of the de Monge family.

The meeting was a good memory to honour Scotty Wilson in the first place, but also to share experiences and knowledge. BAA president Jaap Horst held a speech about the post war activities of Louis de Monge, when he was in the USA. Info that the family did not yet know. Finally there was a positive conclusion to the day, when Jaap told the family that their great uncle had been working on the aerodynamics of the Bugatti that won the le Mans 24 hours in 1939. Aerodynamic feautures that were very advanced, much more advanced than on the le Mans winner of two years earlier, and in fact no racecars with such advanced aerodynamics were built until the 1970's...

Thanks to the de Monge family, and especially to Véronique, Ariane and Ladislas.

September 25, 2016

Slight mishap..

I have had some slight problems with my computer, which means that I can not use it, and it also seems that all files are unaccessible. Hard disk seems to be completely broken...

This als means that I lost all my E-mails, so if you sent me an e-mail this last month or so, please send again!

Excuses for that..

September 1, 2016

Memorial Service for Scotty Wilson to be held in Dallas on September 30

A Memorial Service with Military Honors will be held for Lt Col Scott E. Wilson, USAF (Ret), who tragically passed away on August 6, 2016.

September 30, 2016
2.30 pm
Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery
2000 Mountain Creek Parkway
Dallas, Texas, 75211
All who wish to attend the Memorial Ceremony are welcome to join Scotty’s family, friends, colleagues and the Bugatti 100P team members, contributors and supporters.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Scotty Wilson Bugatti 100P Legacy Fund administered by Le Reve Blue LLC, dedicated to Scotty’s memory and the preservation of the Bugatti 100P Project, by clicking on the donate button on the website, or to the Gary Sinise Foundation at

August 27, 2016

Auction results

Gooding & Co Pebble Beach Auction, August 20/21:
1932 Bugatti Type 55 Roadster, Chassis: 55213 Engine: 10, Driven by Achille Varzi in the 1932 Mille Miglia. Estimate $10m - $14m, Sold: $10.4m

Bonhams Quail Lodge Auction, August 19:
1931 Bugatti Type 51 Grand Prix Two-Seat Racer Chassis no. 51121, Ex-Earl Howe, Hon. Brian Lewis, Piero Taruffi, Tazio Nuvolari, Arthur Dobson, and Bill Serri Jr. sold: US$ 4,000,000, €3,542,958

August 14, 2016

Condolence register for Scotty

Dear readers.
It will be possible for all of you (who have not yet done so), to express their condolences by leaving your name at the Bugatti 100P replica team website at:

The EBA held a commemoration on August 11:

August 11, 2016

Scotty Wilson's last flight

A video made by KFOR circulates on the Internet of the start of the last flight of Scotty in his magnificent airplane. I wasn't going to post it here, as I thought some of the images are too shocking. Therefore I made a revised version, which I post here. Click on the links below

View the first part with the take-off of the 3rd flight. Remember this well as a hommage to all of Scotty's work to recreate this fantastic airplane.

Newsitem with comments, pre-flight preparations and more.

Bugatti news, former issues

Bugatti events

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

January 12 - 15, 2017 Interclassics Maastricht, the Netherlands

This event is traditionally the first big event of the year

Usually with the stand of Jean Prick, showing at least a few Bugattis

More info

February 8 - 12, 2017 Retromobile Paris, France

The event in France is usualy the 2nd big event of the year, shortly after the one in Maastricht

The Retromobile always surprises us with an unexpected number of Bugattis

More info

February 10, 2017 Artcurial Motorcar auction at Retromobile Paris, France

With many Bugattis and Bugatti Automobilia from the "Collection Hervé & Martine Ogliastro".

Lot 25 - Bugatti Baby - Chassis 388A - Est. 30 000 - 50 000 €

Lot 27 - Bugatti Type 57 Atalante découvrable - Châssis n° 57330, Moteur n° 548 - Est. 1 000 000 - 1 500 000 €

Lot 40 - Bugatti Type 57 coach Pre-Série Gangloff - Châssis n° 57106, Moteur n° 40 - Est. 430 000 - 530 000 €

PDF Catalogue (BIG file!)

February 11, 2017 Artcurial Automobilia auction at Retromobile Paris, France

Lot 500 - Ettore BUGATTI (1881-1947) Etudes mécaniques (Sketch) - Est. 500 - 1 000 €
But what is it??

Lot 520 - Géo HAM (Georges Hamel) (1900-1972) Pilote au casque bleu - Est. 700 - 1 000 €

Lot 527 - GANGLOFF Bugatti 3,3L Limousine - Est. 400 - 600 €

Lot 528 - Willy VAN DEN PLAS - Cabriolet transformable Bugatti - Est. 300 - 500 €

Lot 531 - Pierre DUMONT (1920-1987) - Bugatti Royale Double Berline décapotable 1928 - Est. 1 000 - 1 500 €

Lot 543 - BUGATTI Type 35 engine - sectioned - Est. 15 000 - 25 000 €

Lot 556 - BUGATTI Boyce - Est. 500 - 800 €

Lot 557 - JAEGER-BUGATTI Montre de bord, vers 1930 - Est. 500 - 800 €

Lot 558 - BUGATTI - Boyce et ampéremètre - Est. 700 - 1,000 €

Lot 559 - BUGATTI Enjoliveur - Est. 300 - 500 €

Lot 560 - BUGATTI Plaque émaillée - Est. 800 - 1,200 €

Lot 562 - BUGATTI Montre bracelet publicitaire - Est. 200 - 300 €

Lot 566 - Philippe LALAGÜE (né en 1955) Bugatti et Delahaye - Est. 200 - 300 €

Lot 570 - Philippe LOUZON (Né en 1956) - Bugatti Type 30 - Est. 1 000 - 1 500 €

Lot 572 - GERI - Bugatti Automobiles, Autorails Molsheim - Est. 600 - 800 €

Lot 573 - PROVENANT PROBABLEMENT DES USINES BUGATTI - Matrice de radiateur et son support - Est. 4 000 - 6 000 €

Lot 574 - AGUILA-BUGATTI N°45469, circa 1930 - Chronographe bracelet - Est. 10 000 - 15 000 €

Lot 575 - BUGATTI - Le Pur-Sang de l'Automobile - catalogue de 1937 - Est. 300 - 500 €

Lot 576 - BUGATTI - Ettore Bugatti - Est. 400 - 600 €

Lot 577 - JEAN PERRET - BUGATTI - Montre bracelet - Est. 300 - 500 €

Lot 578 - BUGATTI - Montre de bord - Est. 300 - 500 €

Lot 579 - BUGATTI Pendulette de bureau publicitaire - Est. 300 - 500 €

Lot 580 - BUGATTI Radiateur publicitaire - Est. 500 - 800 €

Lot 581 - BUGATTI 55 ROADSTER (Children's car) Fabrication de La Chapelle - Est. 6,000 - 9,000 €

Lot 589 - EUREKA -BUGATTI Modèle sport 302 - Est. 1,500 - 2,500 €

PDF Catalogue

February 26 - March 13, 2017 Bugatti Club Australia - Tour of Victoria Australia

The tour will start with a welcome dinner and night in a hotel overlooking one of Melbourne's iconic beaches on the evening of Sunday 26th of February 2017 prior to departing the next morning with 2 1/2 days touring the West Coast with a different exploration of the Great Ocean Road to the normal drive through. Two nights will be spent in accommodation high up on Beacon Point with fantastic views across the Road, the beach and the Southern Ocean toward Tasmania; this venue has a highly rated restaurant. The colourful native birdlife outside your window is fascinating and koalas and other native animals are usually seen. While in the area we plan a visit to the Otway Fly Tree Top Walk where you will walk through the tops and above giant native trees, and a special visit to Cape Otway Light House, one of Australia's most important, which has been operating since 1848 on the area known as the Ship Wreck Coast, where numerous ships had a tragic end in the mid-and late 1800s. On a recent run over the route for these two days, we saw 7 koalas including one with baby.

On the third day we will continue to follow the coast and then head inland through one of Australia's most recently active volcanoes, now the home to a group of emus and a few koalas, to spend 2 nights at the highly rated Royal Mail Hotel in the scenic Grampians area. Thursday will be a relaxing day with a gentle tour of this scenic area including visit to an historic winery and lunch at a very early homestead. We will then move to Ballarat to visit Sovereign Hill, a reproduction of a gold mining town from the early 1800's.

On the seventh day, Saturday, April 4, we will head North via a fascinating water driven flour mill built in 1862, a hilltop morning stop and lunch at an old sheep station homestead to the Murray River at Echuca where we will stay for two nights. On Sunday, our 1910 steam driven paddle steamer will pick us up to take is to lunch at a nearby winery. After leaving Echuca we will head for the hills; the Mount Hotham ski resort (although no snow at this time of year) and then on to Lakes Entrance in Gippsland for two nights. We will go by a different type of boat to lunch and a tour of the Gippsland Lakes.

On Thursday, we will transfer to the Inverloch Resort for the last 4 nights to have 3 days touring the beautiful areas of Southern Gippsland including Wilson's Promontory. This will be the annual Bugatti Club Australia three day rally. On Monday 13th of March, the Labour Day public holiday, we will return to Melbourne, with possibly an interesting Mornington Peninsula lunch venue on the way.

We expect the total distance driven in Victoria to be around 3,000 km.

We have received interest from Bugattists in countries as far afield as UK, France, Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Italy, USA, Japan and New Zealand with Bugattis including T 13, T 22, T 23, T 30, T 35, T 40, T 43, T 44, T 51, T 55 and T 57 with many of some of these models. (also for the rally below)

BCA 2017 Reservation form

March 16 - 31, 2017 Bugatti Club Australia - Tour of Tasmania Australia

For a small island, Tasmania has an enormous amount to offer the visitor and I have been very surprised at the number of new venues to visit and exciting events since the Club was in Tasmania in 2008 whilst the amazing, World Heritage listed, National Parks remain in great condition. We have tried to pick the top places to cover in two weeks what people say takes six weeks to cover properly.

After three nights in Melbourne, we will catch the overnight ferry to Devonport on Thursday 16th of March, and on leaving the ferry at around 7 AM we will have an interesting breakfast on our way to 2 venues where Platypus and Sea Horses are cultivated. We will then have a typical Australian pub lunch on our way to Woolmers Estate, a very early (1840s) convict built Homestead and outbuildings which has hardly changed since it was built. We will then move to Launceston for the night.

On our second day in Tasmania we will head east to the coast for lunch on our way to Freycinet Peninsula where the next day will be free to explore this incredibly scenic area which includes Wineglass Bay (1 of the 10 top beaches in the world) and numerous walks through the National Park. We should then have plenty of oysters available at lunch and on our way south to the Port Arthur convict site where we will stay nearby for one night and have a tour of that site, hopefully a little more joyously than in its convict heyday.

Before leaving Port Arthur, on Tuesday morning we will have a speedboat eco cruise around of the Tasman Peninsula, which is not only great fun, but also is the best way to see a lot of the interesting coastline including some of the highest sea cliffs in the Southern Hemisphere. We will then travel via Australia's oldest road bridge, near one of the oldest towns, to Hobart for three nights. In Hobart we plan to visit Mona (Museum of Old and New Art) an amazing new building with some interesting and challenging "art", but there are so many interesting visits possible in Hobart, that we will have some spare time and some recommendations.

On the morning of the eighth day in Tasmania we will head west right across the island, and on the way visit "The Wall" a truly amazing sculptured wall of Huon Pine 3 m high and 100 m long completely carved by one man to show the history of the Tasmanian Central Highlands; we can also visit Lake St Clair, claimed to be Australia's deepest lake, in its World Heritage environment, and both of these near our lunch venue. That night we will reach Strahan where we again have two nights.

Our day in Strahan will offer a trip through beautiful, rugged heritage listed countryside to Queenstown on the amazing West Coast Wilderness Railway with its fascinating duplex ABT steam locomotives which were built around 1900 and which drive on the track and on a rack and pinion down the centre. After lunch we will view Macquarie Harbour and the Gordon River with its old convict settlement, natural forests, salmon cultivation and very treacherous entrance which wrecked many ships. The next morning, we will leave the East coast and head to beautiful and historic Stanley on the north coast for lunch, via several interesting possible visits on the way, and on to the new Tall Timbers Resort in Smithton.

On Monday, our 11th day in Tasmania, we will take the recently sealed road to Arthur River to take a cruise on the River to lunch; the heritage forests here are completely natural virgin and there has been no logging on this river. The next day we will go to a Whisky distillery for lunch (Tasmanian whisky’s have recently been winning international awards) and visit an artists’ workshop/gallery and a fascinating garden on our way to Cradle Mountain, where we will then have a free day to visit the Tasmanian Devil conservation park, walk around the lake and explore this World Heritage National Park.

On our final day in Tasmania, on our way to the ferry that evening, we will make a morning stop at "Tasmazia" – mazes and a shrunken village; befitting its address: Staverton Rd. Promised Land. We will then make our way to Clarendon House, said to be "the grandest colonial house in Tasmania" for lunch and a tour. Our final destination will be the overnight ferry arriving back in Melbourne early in the morning of Friday 31st of March.

The total distance driven touring Tasmania will be around 2,000 km.

BCA 2017 Reservation form

September 15 - 17, 2017 Bugatti Festival Molsheim, France

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

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