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April 2, 2017

Highlights for 2017 RM Sotheby’s Villa d’Este

The 2017 RM Sotheby’s Villa d’Este auction will be held 27 May in Lake Como, Italy during the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este weekend.

Early highlights for RM’s biennial sale include:

1935 Bugatti Type 57 Atalante Prototype by Carrosserie Bugatti
Chassis no. 57254
Engine no. 202

More information will become available here


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: pg.de

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 bugattirevue.com/revue37/bike.htm and bugattirevue.com/revue19/bikes.htm

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. (bugattininiette.com)

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:
PDF Catalogue Automobiles
> PDF Catalogue Automobilia


February 12, 2017

Seen at Retromobile: AIAM

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

Help the Schlumpf collection!

www.amisdumusee.net


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, www.porterpress.co.uk

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


June 18, 2017 Osenat Auction Fontainebleau, France

Bugatti Type 57C cabriolet Gangloff

Chassis #57836

Same owner since 1978

Estimate: 500,000 / 700,000 €

1928 Bugatti #441177 by Alin, Liautard & Cie

Estimate: 180,000 / 230,000 €

Download the full PDF of the auction, including the history of both Bugattis (as well as some other Bugatti items).
More info on Osenat.fr


June 29, 2017 Sotheby's Auction: Ginette et Alain Lesieutre, Collection Privée Paris, France

2 interesting Carlo Bugatti Silverware items, and 11 Rembrandt Bugatti Bronze's!

More info on Sotheby's.com


July 15, 2017 Coys Blenheim Palace Auction Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire, UK

On offer: nice original Bugatti Type 37 (chassis 37140)

Full known ownership history dating back to new

The car is supplied with its original chassis, engine block, gearbox and both axles.

More info on coys.co.uk


July 15 - 16, 2017 “Between the Pavilions” revival event Brno, Czech Republic

Brno Revival “Mezi pavilony” / “Between the Pavilions” is a social sport event, that presents the noble beauty of sports and racing vehicles in motion. On the track, where the last race was fifty years ago, cars and motorcycles from pre-war until mid-eighties will be presented. The Revival is arranged similarly to events in the world – short drives of very various categories of vehicles and mainly the spectators-accessible depot full of unique technique. The festival for cars and motorcycles enthusiasts. Part of the event is also an exhibition of present-day sports and racing cars and motorcycles, offering crafts and services in the Pavilion A and adjacent open areas.

Quite a few Bugattis are expected, according to Helge Hauk!

More info


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

On Auction:

1929 Bugatti Type 44 Saloon

Chassis Number: 44667 / Engine Number: 191

Estimate £200000 - 240000

- Extensively restored by Wilkinson's Coachbuilders of Derby from 1990-94 and 8,500 miles since
- Exquisite Vanvooren saloon body began life aboard another T44 that was supplied new to Jean Jacques Peugeot (of the car making dynasty)
- Beautifully detailed with unusual triple-hinged doors and among the most delightful Vintage Saloons we have encountered

H & H Press release: Bugatti Survivor

More info


June 3 - 4, 2017 Greenwich Concours d'Elegance Greenwich, CT, USA

With Bugatti as special interest marque!

The event includes an auction on June 4, I have no info yet if any Bugattis will be on offer there, though the image on the right does give the idea that it would be so.

More info

Bonhams Auction

Lot 178, 1932 Bugatti TYPE 49 ROADSTER, Coachwork by Labourdette, Chassis no. 49534, Estimate €580,000 - 760,000

Lot 187, 1937 Bugatti Type 57 Pillarless Sports Coupe, Chassis no. 57443, Estimate €360,000 - 430,000
Almost unrecognisable after it's recent respray, of course the car is much better known in it's dark blue colour in which the Sauerbier family in the Netherlands drove around in it for decades!

Lot 181, 1993 Bugatti EB 110GT, Chassis ZA9AB01E0PCD39034, Estimate €450,000 - 630,000

Download the PDF of the Bugattis in the auction
Download the full PDF of the auction

More info on the auction at www.bonhams.com


May 26, 2017 "Stride & Son" Auction Chichester, West Sussex, UK

(scratch built) Model of a Bugatti T59 racing car.

The model is approximately 22" long (55cm), which would make it about 1:12 scale.

It is made in metal of various types. I would say the car was built in the 1950's or 1960's

The auction is on-line you can register to place a bid with the auction house or to bid by telephone here www.strideandson.co.uk (the auction house is "Stride & Son" of Chichester,West Sussex UK their phone number is 01243-782626)

the auction will be live on-line and you can register to bid at: www.the-saleroom.com


Bugatti Type 37 by Francois Vanaret


April 30, 2017 Concours d'Caffeine Westport, USA

The Concours d’Caffeine in Westport will showcase a number of classic cars including two from Weston — Alden Sherman’s 1938 Bugatti Type 57C and Jim Petty’s 1960 Porsche 356 Super 90 Roadster.

The Concours is an informal gathering of car enthusiasts, where proud drivers congregate to kick tires, enjoy relaxed conversation with other enthusiasts and have a cup of coffee.

Hosted by The Concours Consulting Partners, owners of domestic and foreign sports cars, classic and collectible cars and those interested in viewing beautiful vehicles and talking with their owners, are invited to the event which is being held Sunday April 30, starting at 8 a.m. Several area car clubs plan to be in attendance.

At approximately 11:30 a.m., those owners who have registered for the Sunday Tour d’Caffeine will depart, following a route designed by Rich and Jean Taylor of Vintage Rallies of Sharon, meandering through lower Fairfield County and finishing at the Hayfields Market, where the drivers and their passengers will enjoy a special lunch provided by the market. Participants in the tour will receive a commemorative license plate and a gift bag from Hagerty Insurance and other sponsors.

This event is a fundraiser for the Westport Police Benevolent Association’s Scholarship Foundation.

More info

Top Photo's: Also owned by Alden Sherman: 1926 T37.


May 1, 2017 Bugattis in Osenat Auction Obenheim, France

Automobiles de collection - Collectionneurs Alsaciens

Route de Daubensand 67230 Obenheim

On offer: 1928 Bugatti T40
Chassis 40657, engine 501, estimate: 200,000 - 300,000 euro

Bugatti Baby
Chassis 188, estimate: 50,000 - 70,000 euro

Bugatti Type 40 coupé body
By Million Guiet, estimate: 15,000 - 25,000 euro
Pity that this original body was taken from chassis 40565, and replaced by a replica Grand Sport body, now owned by Caroline Bugatti. I do hope that somebody finds a good home (and chassis) for it!

Additional info on the Bugattis can be found here, with interesting history on especially the T40.

The entire sales catalogue Large File!

More info on Osenat.fr
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



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