For immediate release, Friday 14 February
RECORD-BREAKING GRID OF BUGATTIS
LINE-UP AT 72nd MEMBERS’ MEETING
The largest grid of Bugattis assembled anywhere in the world will take centre stage at the 72nd Members’ Meeting at Goodwood on 29-30 March.
A total of 31 pre-World War Two vehicles will compete for the Grover-Williams Trophy, named in honour of the British racer-turned allied spy, who famously won the French, Monaco and Belgian Grands Prix behind the wheel of Bugatti machinery, and which celebrates the 75th anniversary of the French manufacturer’s most famous car, the T35.
The star attraction of this sensational line-up is Walter Rothlauf’s ex-works T35C, which was taken to victory on the 1929 Targa Florio by Italian inter-war racing hero Alberto Divo.
His machine is just one of 12 of Ettore Bugatti’s models represented on the grid, which includes 15 T35s of varying specification, and document a sustained run of success for the car in grand prix racing from 1925-1929.
Thomas Bscher, who won the 1995 BPR Global Endurance GT Championship with sportscar hero John Nielsen, has entered his T59, one of five examples of the early-1930s machine that will take part in the race, while the oldest cars on show will be the 1911 T13s entered by Charles Knill-Jones and Alex Aimes.
The most modern machine on display will be the Jurgen Ernst’s tank-bodied T57G, the same kind of vehicle that was taken to victory at the 1937 Le Mans 24 Hours by pre-war legends Jean-Pierre Wimille and Roger Benoist.
The Bugatti-only race forms part of a unique carnival of motor sport that also includes 1980s turbo Formula 1 and Group B monsters, a full grid of Group 1 touring cars running in authentic period liveries and driven by some very famous names, and some very rare 1960s GT machines competing for the Moss Trophy.
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