Bugatti news, 1995
In march 95, Gildo Pallanca-Pastor, 28 old, drove a EB110 SuperSport on the frozen sea in oulu in Finland. He reached the speed of 296.34 km/h, average speed on 1 km launched. He was using Michelin regular tyres with no spikes. This is a world speed record and he is in the Guinness book (in France). A movie was made and went to many TV in the world (MTVsport, Italy, France, Japan). The car was heavier than a normal one to get more motricity. The driver is from Monaco, a business man racing as a hobby. Info: Bret (I know the news is old, but I came to know it only now!!)
Michael Gans reports on the demonstration run held in conjunction with the AvD-Oldtimer Grand Prix at the Nürburgring. The run was held on Sunday August 11th to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the founding of the Bugatti-Club Deutschland and the 60th anniversary of the BMW 328. Highlights included the demonstration of the Type 53 4 wheel drive race car driven by Miss Hucke from the UK and the Type 30 "Cigar" by H. Wiemeier of Munich. To my knowledge this was the first occasion on which these cars could be seen on the Nürburgring.
The participants of the demonstration were as follows:
H. P. Stolz T13 H. Wiemeier T30 (Cigar) J. Dutton T35 F. J. Kleine T35B Dr. J. Jantzen T35T B. Vendiesse T35C A. Ganter T35C/51 P. Smet T37 H. Jaspert T37A P. Altenbach T37A R. Rieger T37A Dr. H. Lohrer T43 A. Wülfing T43 R. Jankowski T43A Dr. P. Borstel T44 A. Anders T44 E. Grether T44 W. Fuchs T44 K. Siekman T49 R. Jankowski T49 J. Ernsting T50S Dr. P. Lenz T57 R. v. Ramshorst T57 R. Geray T54 M. Faust T40 A. Hucke T53
The Bugatti T37 at Christie's auction in Tarrytown,
New York (15.06.1996) sold for $220,000 or $225,000 without commission.
The car is an original T37A with a Hanni (Switzerland) body which was mounted in 1937. It was brought to the US in the late 50's and remained unused to this day. It is extremely original.Info: Michael Gans
The 1938 Bugatti race plane is being transferred from the U.S. Air Force Museum's ownership to the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA). Founded in 1953 by Paul Poberezny, we are the largest, private aircraft collection in the country (USA) with over 275 aircraft on display. The Museum is located in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, approximately 2 1/2 hours drive north of Chicago, Illinois.
The Bugatti aircraft will first be on display for our annual Fly-In Convention August
1-7, 1996. The EAA Fly-In is the world's largest aviation event with over 14,000
aircraft in attendance. The plane will be displayed at this time in "As Is"
condition. Following the Convention it will be determined what state of
restoration will be performed. Our goal is to keep the aircraft in the most
original condition as possible to insure its value is retained.
Source: John Gaertner, Curator EAA Museum
Did you Know...
The fastest Bugatti in history is currently being stored in a dirt floored shed in the country near Auckland New Zealand? The 1924 T35A is owned by Ron Roycroft who raced it successfully in New Zealand in the late '50's when the car had a six-cylinder Jaguar engine fitted. In the 1957 NZ GP, Roycroft finished third against modern machinery such as GP Maserati's and Ferrari's. The car is still driveable and has been returned to factory condition with the original Bugatti engine replacing the Jaguar.
The Bugatti T37 at Chrisie's auction in Geneva (16.05.1996) sold for SFR 201,500.- including commission. This equates to $ 163,215 or DM 247,845. Info: Michael Gans
Gildo Pallanca-Pastor, owner of the Monaco Racing team attended at the pre-qualifying for the 1996 Le Mans 24 hours. Without much success, though, as you can see in the standings below. After seven of eight hours the classification looks like this. Thanks to Jacquie Groom for providing it.
.Ps.No. Driver , Car Lap Time K.P.H. .-- ---- ----------------------------------------------------- -------- ------- PROTOS - LMP1 / LMP2 /WSC . 1 18 Gentilozzi/Evans/Muller Ferrari 3:44.300 218.279 . 2 17 V.D.Poele/Goossens/Bachelart Ferrari 3:48.980 213.818 . 3 4 M. Andretti/Lammers/Warwick Courage Porsche C36 3:49.441 213.388 . 4 8 P.L. Martini TWR Porsche WSC 3:49.623 213.219 . 5 7 M. Reuter/Jones/Wurz TWR Porsche WSC 3:50.912 212.029 . 6 19 Taylor/Pace/Sharp Riley & Scott Oldsmobi 3:51.330 211.646 . 7 5 H. Pescarolo/Lagorce/Collard Courage Porsche C36 3:51.444 211.541 . 8 15 David/Enjolras/Trevisiol WR Peugeot WR LM 96 3:51.602 211.397 . 9 2 Bouchut/Fouche/Laessig Kremer Porsche/Spyder 3:51.642 211.361 NQ .10 14 Gonin/Petit WR Peugeot WR LM 96 3:52.535 210.549 .11 11 D. Terrien/ S. Ayari WR Peugeot WR LM 94 3:57.988 205.725 .12 12 B. Gachot WR Ssangyong WR LM 94 3:59.491 204.434 .13 10 G. Gomez Cosworth Debora 4:14.731 192.203 .14 16 Bruneau/Camus WR Peugeot WR LM 93 4:39.003 175.482 LM GT1 - GRAND TOURISME .15 33 Bellm/Weaver/Lehto McLaren BMW F1 GTR LM 3:50.246 212.642 .16 25 Stuck/Boutsen/Wollek Porsche GT1 3:51.370 211.609 .17 34 Raphanel/Owen Jones McLaren BMW F1 GTR LM 3:52.015 211.021 .18 39 Lafitte/Soper McLaren BMW F1 GTR LM 3:54.342 208.925 .19 26 Wendlinger/Dalmas Porsche GT1 3:54.572 208.721 .20 30 Nielsen/Bscher/Kox McLaren BMW F1 GTR LM 3:55.349 208.031 .21 45 Gounon/Bernard/Belmondo Ferrari F40 3:56.128 207.345 .22 50 Helary/Gache/Aiello Chrysler Viper GTS-R 3:56.778 206.776 .23 38 Cecotto McLaren BMW F1 GTR LM 3:56.781 206.773 .24 29 Wallace/Grouillard McLaren BMW F1 GTR LM 3:57.091 206.503 .25 28 Lees/Needell Lister Jaguar Storm 3:57.482 206.163 .26 52 Gache/Helary/Beretta Chrysler Viper GTS-R 3:57.704 205.970 .27 44 Della Noce/Olofsson/Rosenblad Ferrari F40 3:57.740 205.939 .28 49 Cudini/Morton/Sifton Chrysler Viper GTS-R 4:00.016 203.986 .29 23 Hasemi/Reid Nismo Nissan GT-R LM 4:01.272 202.924 .30 24 Hasemi/Fukujama Nismo Nissan GT-R LM 4:01.960 202.347 .31 48 Cobb/Dismore/Hendricks Chrysler Viper GTS-R 4:03.426 201.129 .32 27 Chereau/Yver/Malcher Porsche GT2 EVO 4:04.326 200.388 .33 51 Helary/Gache/Dupuy Chrysler Viper GTS-R 4:04.328 200.386 .34 46 Ferte/Martini/Fabre Sard MCBR 4:04.511 200.236 .35 59 Donovan/Nappi/Ota Ferrari F40 4:04.813 199.989 NQ .36 37 Konrad/Hermann/Roessler Porsche GT2 EVO 4:05.129 199.732 .37 55 Jarier/Pareja/Lagniez Porsche GT2 EVO 4:05.663 199.297 .38 41 Luyendijk/Liggonet/Dickens McLaren BMW F1 GTR LM 4:06.929 198.276 .39 47 Saldana/de Orleans/Burdell Porsche GT2 EVO 4:06.985 198.231 .40 32 Robert/Sourd/Daoudi Renault V6 PRV Spider 4:11.628 194.573 .41 40 Lecuyer/Favre/Clerico Venturi Prv 600 SLM 4:12.348 194.018 .42 42 Bertaggia/Said Callaway C7R 4:19.516 188.659 .43 62 Tambay/Gildo Bugatti EB 110 4:26.288 183.861 .44 60 Thyrring/Nissen/Andrews DeTomaso Ford Pantera 4:27.249 183.200 .45 31 Sourd/Daoudi/Robert Renault V6 PRV Spider 4:29.665 181.559
April 29, 8 PM in Paris
FF $ DM Brit. Pounds Bugatti Type 40 Coupe 276,685 53,966 81,932 35,724 Bugatti Type 37A (modified) 697,246 135,994 206,469 90,026 Bugatti T 57C Atalante 1,660,110 323,794 491,592 214,347 Bugatti Type 43 Grand Sport 1,936,795 377,760 573,524 250,071 Bugatti T 46 - 5 lit. cab. 664,044 129,518 196,637 85,739 Bugatti T 43 Roadster 1,549,436 302,208 458,819 200,057 Mido Wrist Watch 94,073 18,348 27,857 12,146 JB Cigarette Case 24,348 4,749 7,210 3,144 EB Breguet Chrono (Royale) 199,213 38,855 58,991 25,722All prices include 10.674% commission. Info: Michael Gans
The latest issue (April 1996) of the English Magazine Classic and Sportscar presents the top 100 of all time classics. The top 100 was conceived by inviting 200 experts to list their personal top 10. These had to be cars that directly enriched their driving life. Number 1 was the Austin Mini, probably due to the formula. Not everybody drove a Bugatti in their life, if they would have, certainly the Bugatti would have come out with a 1,2,3 victory. Jokes aside, the Bugatti T35/51 finished 16, between the Lancia Aurelia (15) and the Morgan +4/+8.
Comment was: "The in essence Grand Prix design Type 35 (single cam) and 51 (twin cam, courtesy of Miller) were readily adapted, with cycle wings and lights, into highly dramatic roadcars: John Miles of Autocar recorded 0-60 mph in 6 seconds, and 0-100 in 16.4 seconds with a Type 35B in 1983, which was quicker then a then-new Lotus Esprit Turbo...."
LJK Setright put it like this: "As a machine it has been bettered, but not as a vehicle for aesthetic gratification."
There was one more Bugatti in the Top 100, the Type 57 at No. 96, between the Talbot-Lago Teardrop (95) and the Honda NSX (Since when is this a classic??)
Apart from this top 100, there's also an article on the Type 43.
At Retromobile (Paris), apart from the T101CX Exner being on show, also a special car was for sale: a T57 Coach Gangloff. Price was FF750.000. I have no report about the car being sold or not.
The Ettore Bugatti Boutique is now open for business. The store has a 1937 Type 57 Ventoux -- a two-toned model with black and yellow (but I believe it was originally solid black when the boutique bought it). It was once owned by Peter Falk, the actor of "Columbo" fame. They plan to rotate it out with an EB110, but as far as I know that hasn't arrived in the islands yet.
So get your lazy asses off the beach and take a look at some real stunning curves! JJH
The Bugatti Royale that was to be sold in Scottsdale Barrett-Jackson auction did not reach the minimum:
SANTA ANA, Calif. - There's still time to buy it.
Rare 1931 Bugatti Royale Type 41 Binder Coupe de Ville. Cloth and leather interior. Only 3,800 miles. Mint condition. $15 million or best offer.
As of Sunday, the best offer was $11 million.
Not good enough for the car's owner, developer William Lyon of Orange County, Calif., who was having the sleek blue and silver, 22-foot-long, 7,000-pound sedan auctioned in Scottsdale, Ariz.
"There's been a lot of circling, but nothing definite yet," said Don Williams, a partner in the Barrett-Jackson Classic Car Auction.
Designed for European nobility, only six Bugatti Royale sedans were built. One sold in 1990 for $15 million, the highest price ever paid for a car.
Lyon, 72, once one of the nation's richest developers, nearly lost his real estate empire when property prices plunged in the early 1990s. But financial problems have nothing to do with the decision to sell the car.
"He's changed his taste," Williams said. "He's had it for 10 years
All attempts at saving the company Bugatti Automobili Spa. failed.
The Bugatti EB110 ss driven by Gildo Pastor Pallanca (Owner), Derek John Hill and Olivier Grouillard didn't finish at Daytona, due to mechanical problems and especially Electronic System trouble after 7 hours.
DEREK HILL about the car: -- (After driver change in 7th overall) The car is running great -- I had no problems. When the track started getting wet I really started gaining coming out of the turns (Bugatti uses all-wheel drive). I noticed the Porsches were slipping and sliding and I started gobbling them up coming off the corners. The track conditions are really not that bad. (On being 7th overall.) I had no idea -- That's terrific!
Standings after each hour:
Hour Overall Pos. Class Position Laps behind #1 1 12 4 0 2 6 3 -1 3 7 4 -1 4 13 6 -5 5 13 6 -7 6 20 8 -15 8 49 19 -62
The EB110 SS that drove at Watkins Glen, June 1995 has been testing for the Daytona 24 Hours, driven by Gildo Pallanca (who I think owns the car? and drove last year at the Glen) and Derek John Hill (son of 1961 World Champion, Phil Hill).
The Daytona festival will be (including qualifying sessions) from February 1-4, 1996. The actual Race is 3-4 February.
*IMSA TEST SPEEDS -- Jan. 7 NO DRIVER/CAR TIME SPEED Exxon World SportsCars 16 Andy Wallace/Ford R&S Mk. 3 1:42.210 125.38 4 Wayne Taylor/Olds R&S Mk. 3 1:43.518 123.80 39 Eric van de Poele/Chevy Courage C41 1:44.055 123.16 Exxon Supreme GTS-1 6 Johnny O'Connell/Ford Mustang 1:53.205 113.21 01 Derek Hill/Bugatti EB110 1:53.247 113.16 90 Tommy Riggins/Oldsmobile Cutlass 1:53.374 113.04 Exxon Supreme GTS-2 07 Dieter Quester/BMW M3 1:59.176 107.53 06 Pete Halsmer/BMW M3 1:59.723 107.04 67 Jeff Purner/Porsche 911 RSR 2:00.981 105.93 IMSA Endurance Championship -- Grand Sports 33 Joe Aquilante/Pontiac Firebird 2:10.734 98.031 35 Marty Miller/Pontiac Firebird 2:10.825 97.962 3 Don Knowles/Pontiac Firebird 2:11.016 97.820 * Electronic times furnished by IMSA scoring.Some of the GTS-1 testing time for Jan. 8th had times almost 3 seconds faster, but we'll wait to see what happens. Info: Mark Davidson
According to a UK magazine article (Performance Car) they visited the
Bugatti factory and found the place to be deserted, so I assume that
there has been no takeover
A sad day
Info: Dannie Rose
In the latest issue of Classic and Sportscar (Feb.-96) they name "The Year's This" and "The Year's That" for 1995, and "Replica of the Year" is:
"Replica of the Year: The ultimate wedding car! Never mind the cost of
seven years recreation, but Tom Wheatcroft's all-new Bugatti Royale Coupé
Napoleon is sensational. Oustanding work by builder Ashton Keynes
There is a colour picture of it in the workshop. It looks finished, with open bonnet, only lacking wheels.